Flowers for a Home

Flowers inspire such admiration in those near them that it's only natural for people to want to bring flowers out of the garden and into the home. Indoor flowers can immeasurably brighten up an interior, providing inexpensive color and life to a room. There are a number of flowers that are well suited for home growing.

Gerber Daisy

A native of South Africa, the gerber daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii) is a popular perennial that is grown both indoors and outdoors. A common sight in nurseries and even supermarkets, gerber daisies are hardy plants notable for their large, colorful daisy blooms. The low-growing plant produces flowers in a wide range of colors, from red, orange and yellow to pink and white. Gerber daisies do best in a well-draining, loamy soil. Keep the plant in bright, indirect sunlight and water as needed (allowing the soil to dry out between waterings). The pest-resistant plant requires little care, although a dose or two of fertilizer throughout the summer will help keep the plant flowering.

Flamingo Flower

A native of Africa, flamingo flower (Anthurium andraeanum) is a perennial plant that produces waxy blooms off and on throughout the year. The flowers have a large spathe and a protruding spadix. Flamingo flowers are most commonly seen in pink, though they may also be red or white. Flamingo flower also sports attractive green foliage, with large glossy tropical leaves that are somewhat heart-shaped. The low-growing plant does best in bright, indirect sunlight in a well-drained acidic or neutral soil. The plant should be watered as needed. Use care in a household with children or pets, as the plant is poisonous if ingested.

Calla Lily

A member of the arum family, the calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a flowering perennial native to south and east Africa. Reaching an average height of about 2 feet, the calla lily is notable for its broad green leaves and for its funnel-shaped blooms, which may be pure white, a solid color or white with a darker tinge of color. The plant is popular as an outdoors border plant and as an interior plant. Calla lily should be placed in bright, indirect sunlight in a humus-rich organic soil. Water the plant frequently, enough to keep the soil moist to the touch. Do not overhandle the plant, as this may cause skin irritation. Calla lilies are poisonous if ingested and should be kept away from children and pets.

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About this Author

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.