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Names of Indoor Plants

By T.M. Samuels ; Updated September 21, 2017

Many plants can be used indoors with favorable results as long as they are not labeled "full sun". These types of plants generally need more lighting than can be given indoors. Also choose plants that are labeled "partial shade" or "full shade", these will need much less lighting. Pick a container that is both proportional to your plant (no tiny plants in large planters or trees in tiny pots) and will complement your design taste.


Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids), is from the amaryllis family of plants and is a perennial. Stems are 18 to 20 inches tall with dark green 16- to 20-inch-long leaves and 6-inch-wide flowers. Colors are often red, orange, white, or pink. Variation depends on cultivar. Grow this one in bright indirect light indoors or shade outdoors with well-drained soil. Propagate via seed or by offsets.

Holly Fern

Holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum), is from the polypody fern family and is an evergreen, easy-to-grow perennial. This will get 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide with dark green leathery fronds and light green spores. Plant this in rich acidic soil that drains well and in partial to full shade. Indoor use is fine in indirect light. Propagate via clump division and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 6 to 11.

Bloody Bromeliad

Bloody bromeliad, Neoregelia cruenta, is from the bromeliad family and is an evergreen perennial. It has leathery leaves with 3 feet long, and colors can vary. There is a rosette that gets 3 feet wide or more that stays for 4 to 6 months, and then dies back. Plant this in sun to near-complete shade situations, in indirect light for indoor use, and water regularly. Propagate via the offsets that the rosette leaves and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 10 and 11.

Firecracker Plant

Firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformis, is from the figwort family and is a perennial that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Red tubular flowers come in spring and gets 1 inch long, growing in clusters. Leaves are more like scales. Plant this one in rich well drained soil and water regularly. This is well suited for indoor use in indirect light. Propagate via tip cuttings and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 9 to 12.

Mexican Petunia

Mexican petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, is from the acanthus family and is an evergreen fast growing perennial that is easy to grow. It will get 3 feet tall with 6 to1 2 inch long dark green leaves with trumpet shaped flowers 1 ½ to 2 inches wide. Plant this in fertile soil in sun to partial shade if outdoors or in bright light if indoors. Propagate via seed, cuttings, or division and grow in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10.


About the Author


T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.