Seasonal Evergreen Indoor Plants

Want seasonal color or interesting foliage that won't drop like deciduous plants do? Seasonal evergreen indoor plants bring all the texture and green of foliage plants into the indoors. These plants aren't going to lose their leaves, and they are designed for containers as well as the indirect lighting.

South American Air Plant

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi is commonly known as the South American air plant or gray sedum and is from the orpine (Crassulaceae) family of plants. It is a perennial evergreen that is drought tolerant and easy to grow. This succulent gets 2 feet high and 1 foot wide. Fleshy blue-green leaves are 1 to 2 inches long. Bell-like flowers are purple or red-brown and in clusters. South American air plant should be planted in bright light without direct sun for indoor use. It should be propagated via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 9b through 12.

Brazilian Vaseplant

Aechmea distichantha is commonly known as the Brazilian vaseplant, or vase plant, and is from the bromeliad (Bromeliaceae) family of plants. It is evergreen, a perennial, and good for indoor use. Its leaves are 3 feet long, dull green and strap-like. Flower clusters are in blue, white or purple. It will flower once. Brazilian vaseplant should be planted in bright light without direct sunlight for indoor use and low nitrogen fertilizer designed for houseplants. It should be propagated via offsets or seed in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.

Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox is commonly known as the Cape aloe or the bitter aloe and is from the lily (Liliaceae) family of plants. It is evergreen, perennial, and a succulent. The stalk is 6 to 10 feet tall with sharp spiny leaves that are dull green. Flowers are tubular, orange-red, and 2 to 4 feet high over the leaves. Cape aloe should be planted in well-drained soil with 1,000 foot candles of light over 12 hours if indoors. It should be propagated via cuttings or by seed in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.

Mexican False Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia is commonly known as Mexican false heather or elfin herb and is from the loosestrife (Lythraceae) family of plants. It is evergreen, perennial, and a butterfly attractor. It will get 2 feet tall with leaves 1 to 1 1/2 feet long. Tiny flowers are purple, lavender, white, pink, or rose. Mexican false heather should be planted in well-drained, fertile soil in bright light without direct sun if indoors. It should be propagated via division, seed, or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11.

Primrose

Primula vulgaris is commonly known as primrose and is from the primrose (Primulaceae) family of plants. It is evergreen, a perennial grown as an annual, and great for indoors. Leaves are up to 10 inches long and wrinkled. Its tubular flowers are 1 inch wide. Most colors are yellow, but there is a variance of color and fragrance. Primrose should be planted in bright, filtered light and moisture retentive soil. It should be propagated via cuttings, division, or seed in USDA hardiness zones of 4 through 8.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.