Flowering Tropical House Plants

Tropical houseplants made an exotic and lively addition to your home, providing a sense of lush tropical greenness that many other plants simply cannot match. Flowering tropical plants are especially lovely to behold. You can grow a number of flowering tropical houseplants to add color.

Silver Vase

Silver vase (Aechmea fasciata), also called urn plant, is a species of bromeliad native to the tropics of Brazil. The plant sports stiff, silvery green foliage accented by showy, slightly spiked pastel flowers. Silver vase is easy to care for, and can be grown in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the east, west or south. The plant does best in an organic, well drained soil that's kept consistently moist. The plant loves humidity and will suffer if left to dry out. Fertilize silver vase monthly from spring through fall, and mist the plant with lime-free, warm water during the summer. The sturdy plant also removes toxins, such as formaldehyde, from the atmosphere.

Mexican False Heather

A native of tropical Mexico and Guatemala, Mexican false heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia), also called elfin herb or Hawaiian heather, is a flowering evergreen sub-shrub that notable for its rich green foliage, which has a fern-like appearance. The perennial plant produces tiny blooms, usually in purple or lavender, but sometimes in pink, white or red. Mexican false heather makes an attractive tropical houseplant, and will stay green year-round. Place the plant in bright, diffused sunlight, in well-drained, fertile soil. Apply a regular dose of liquid fertilizer during the growing season, and water the plant often enough to keep the soil consistently damp to the touch. You can prune the Mexican heather in the spring to keep it looking healthy and fresh.


Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids) is a flowering perennial native to the tropics of Central and South America. Though many species of amaryllis are cultivated hybrids, the plants have a distinctly tropical look, with thick, fleshy leaves and brilliantly colored blooms that are available in almost every color under the sun. When cultivated indoors, the plant should be given bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. Water the plant frequently from spring to summer, but withhold watering completely when the plant is going through winter dormancy. Bolster amaryllis plants with a weekly dose of fertilizer during the growing season.

Keywords: flowering houseplants, tropical plants, houseplants with flowers

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.