Houseplants With White Flowers

Gardening with potted houseplants is a fulfilling endeavor that allows gardeners to decorate inexpensively and with style. Houseplants can quickly liven up an end table or kitchen counter with their cheery flowers. Gardeners who want houseplants that bloom with white flowers have a wide range of options to choose from.

Paperwhite Narcissus

Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus 'Galilee') is a spring and winter flowering perennial that produces broad, white daffodil blooms, which sit atop fleshy green stems. The plant grows from a bulb and forms densely flowered clumps that are 1 to 3 feet high, although houseplants will generally be close to a foot. The crisp white flowers of the paperwhite have an understated but lovely fragrance. Paperwhite narcissus is suitable for cultivation in cool greenhouses and in the home, provided it has a good quality, well-draining, sandy potting soil mix. Place the paperwhite in bright, indirect light and water on a regular basis (taking care to greatly reduce watering during the winter). The flower is susceptible to various fungal problems, so keep the plant in a well-ventilated area.

Arabian Jasmine

Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) is a flowering vine that belongs to the olive family. A native of India, Arabian jasmine is a popular ornamental that can be grown in a large pot indoors so long as it is taken outside in the summer to soak up additional sun. The plant sports bright green, glossy leaves and star-shaped, waxy white blooms, which are richly fragrant. Arabian jasmine is quite hardy and requires little maintenance other than frequent watering and the occasional pruning. The plant should be given bright, indirect sunlight. Arabian jasmine isn't picky about soil so long as it is moist and somewhat well draining.

Spider Plant

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a perennial native of South Africa that boasts shiny, long, green leaves, which are often variegated with a lemon-yellow stripe down the middle. The plant produces columns of tiny, white flowers, which appear under the ribbon like leaves. Spider plant is an extremely popular houseplant that requires very little attention. Frequently used in a hanging basket, the plant will tolerate high humidity and air conditioning, low light and bright light. Spider plant isn't picky about soil, but the plant should be watered frequently, enough to keep the soil moist to the touch during the growing season. If the leaves of the plant begin to turn brown, exchange tap water for rain water.

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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.