20 Stunning And Easy To Grow Purple Houseplants (With Pictures)

Plants add life, light, and warmth to the interior design of a home. And, if you want to increase the visual appeal of your indoor plant collection, why not replace your green plants with purple ones. You cannot go wrong with a purple house plants, whether you choose one with a solid purple color, one with flecks of violet, or one with blossoms the color of dazzling amethyst. They all look stunning and add a royal touch to your interior space.

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Purple house plants

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I will be completely honest! Hardly every plant can have fully purple leaves from the ground up. So we have cast our net a little wider to provide you with as many choices as possible. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a purist about purple velvet plants and want nothing but pure purple ones or you’re just looking for some purplish architectural shape and structure to add to the variety of houseplants in your interior space.

Purple flowers and plants symbolize monarchy and tradition. Purple can also represent achievement and sentiments of appreciation. In addition, various purple flowers and plants have developed unique symbolic connotations of their own. For instance, the Buddhist purple lotus denotes spirituality, the Christian purple violet indicates prayer, and the Chinese evergreen represents good luck.

Anyway, you are here because you want purple houseplants, so let’s get to it.

Most Beautiful Purple Plants For Homes

Purple houseplants are a beautiful and fun addition to any plant collection, and they can really make a home come to life. In this section, I will cover my top picks for the most beautiful purple houseplants and provide some advice on how to care for them.

1. Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew - purple house plants

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A very common plant that can be easily propagated and has an attractive appearance when grown in a hanging basket or when trained to grow in a topiary form. The upper surfaces of its leaves have a distinctive olive color with silver marks, while the lower surfaces are purple. Some variants have leaves that are purple on both sides. 

Also known as the inch plant, it features tiny purple blossoms. Furthermore, it forms colonies when it spreads and is frequently used as a ground cover in outdoor settings.

Wandering Jew Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameTradescantia zebrina
General CareLow to moderate
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthFast-growingReaches lengths of up to 24 inches and heights of 6 to 12 inches
BloomsSmall flowers
PropagationStem cuttings or leaves
FertilizationWater-soluble fertilizer applied monthly at half strength
WateringWater regularly
Humidity & TemperatureModerate humidity, 50 °F to 80 °F
Light RequirementsBright but indirect sunlight
Ideal Soil TypeRich, well-draining, loamy soil

Related: 12 Types of Popular Tradescantia Wandering Jew Plants with Pictures

2. Bellflower

Bellflower

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Campanula, from the Latin meaning “small bell,” is the common name for the plants of the genus Campanula, which bloom in a purplish blue color. There is no better plant for a low-maintenance cottage garden than the bellflower. Bellflowers bloom mostly in June and July; however, some places have flowers until October. Bellflowers thrive best in USDA plant hardiness zones four and up but can be grown in zone 3 with some care. 

They can survive harsh winters and make for good decor in colder climates. In addition, once established, bellflowers can survive in dry conditions with little water.

Bellflowers Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Campanula
General CareUnder the right conditions, they are very easy to grow
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & Growth8 inches wide and 6 inches tall is typical for a fully mature plant
BloomsAbundant and small bell-shaped flowers
PropagationSeeds and cuttings
FertilizationApply a balanced fertilizer once in early spring
WateringWater when the top inch dries up & maintain a well-drained soil
Humidity & TemperatureHigh humidity and temperatures between 65 °F and 70 °F
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
Ideal Soil TypeSoil with an average pH of 6 to 8 and good drainage

3. Bromeliad Aechmea “Blue Rain”

Bromeliad Aechmea "Blue Rain"

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There are roughly 250 different species of tropical flowering plants in the genus Aechmea, which all belong to the bromeliad family. All bromeliads, regardless of species, have an untamed, tropical appearance. In particular, the Aechmea ‘Blue Rain’ Bromeliad has a stunning central flowering spike of flaming red and beautiful purple blossoms.

However, in spite of their seemingly far-flung origins, Aechmea bromeliads are actually relatively easy to grow. Furthermore, these plants are epiphytic, which means they grow on a tree or other host without parasitizing it. However, you can buy them at most flower shops and nurseries as potted, terrestrial plants.

Bromeliad Aechmea “Blue Rain” Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAechmea fasciata
General CareUnder the right conditions, relatively easy to grow
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthCan grow to a height of approximately 15 inches
BloomsSpiky, long-lasting, bright purple growing in the center of the plant
PropagationCuttings, divisions, and seeds
FertilizationFeed monthly with half-strength, balanced liquid fertilizer
WateringMaintain soil moisture but don’t get it soggyPour lukewarm water through the plant’s center crown
Humidity & TemperatureHigh levels of humidity and temperatures ranging from 65 °F to 80 °F
Light RequirementsBright, indirect/filtered sunlight
Ideal Soil TypeA potting soil that has good drainage and low moisture

4. Purple Passion

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The gorgeous foliage of this houseplant is green and fluffy, with a touch of purple hairs and purple edges. The plant thrives in controlled conditions and can be grown indoors year-round.

Purple passion looks best when placed in a hanging basket, where its long, velvety leaves can drape over the edge. Grow it in any neutral-colored houseplant to watch how it stands out! A native of Southeast Asia, this plant can be found all throughout the Indonesian island of Java. When viewed in direct sunshine, the purple hairs on this plant take on an almost fluorescent quality due to their arrangement.

Purple Passion Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGynura aurantiaca
General CareSimple and requiring little upkeep or effort
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & Growth1 to 2 feet tall
BloomsOrange flowers with a rather unpleasant odor
PropagationStem or leave cuttings
FertilizationFertilize weekly in spring and summer using a water-soluble fertilizer
WateringWater regularly in the growing season and less frequently in fall and winter
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures in the 60s and 70s with moderate humidity
Light RequirementsMedium to bright light
Ideal Soil TypeFertile soil that drains well

5. Ti Plant

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The reddish-purple Ti plant is a stunning ornamental houseplant with brightly colored leaves and a stylish appearance. The Ti plant is cultivated for spiritual and therapeutic reasons and is also said to bring good fortune. Moreover, its beautiful ornamental leaves have made it a popular houseplant all throughout the world. This plant adds color and charm to any room. Most Ti plants have strap-like leaves with vivid light and dark purple streaks. 

However, some Ti plants also come with red and orange leaf varieties, so if you want to keep it as a houseplant, it’s best to seek out the purple variety.

Ti Plant Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameCordyline fruticosa
General CareLow to moderate maintenance
ToxicityIt can be toxic to pets
Size & GrowthPlants can grow as tall as 10 feet when fully mature.
BloomsNon-showy, star-shaped, whitish-pink flowers
PropagationStem and leave cuttings
FertilizationUse a controlled-release, all-purpose fertilizer during active growth
WateringMaintain soil moisture with tepid filtered water during active growthReduce watering in winter and fallAvoid splashing leaves
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures of 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit & high humidity
Light RequirementsSunlight, ranging from full to partial and filtered
Ideal Soil TypeWell-draining, somewhat acidic, loamy/sandy potting soil

6. African Violet

African Violet

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The African violet produces blossoms that are a lovely purple-blue color, making any room look brighter. More importantly, though, African violets are capable of continuous blooming if given the proper care. The plants have a wide range of luxuriant purple and green leaves and purple flowers of varying shades. Even though they are typically simple to care for, there are times when they can be difficult to handle. Please don’t let that deter you! 

The key to successfully cultivating these houseplants is striking a balance between the various components involved in their upkeep which are described below.

African Violet Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameSaintpaulia ionantha
General CareEasy to grow with the right conditions, moderately challenging overall
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthDense and small in stature. Mature plants are 8 to 16 inches across.
BloomsSmall, showy, star-shaped purple flowers
PropagationLeaf cuttings
FertilizationFeed your African violets every other week with a balanced fertilizer
WateringKeep watering to keep the soil moist but not soggy
Humidity & TemperatureAverage temperature of 70 °F and high humidity 
Light RequirementsIndirect, bright sunlight
Ideal Soil TypePorous, well-draining potting mix with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0

Related: 27 Amazing African Violet Plants (With Pictures)

7. Moses-in-the-Cradle

Moses-in-the-Cradle

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Moses-in-the-cradle is known by many different names. For instance,  oyster plants and boat lilies. And, if you were unable to identify the overarching theme, then you should know that neither could we. The Moses-in-the-Cradle is characterized by a rosette of lance-shaped leaves, which are green and white striped on the upper side and flash with a brilliant purple on the underside. It grows nicely as an outdoor plant as well as a vibrant indoor plant.

However, keep an eye out for spider mites, which can rob the leaves of their color, and mealy bugs, which frequently lurk within the leaf clusters.

Moses-in-the-Cradle Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameTradescantia spathacea
General CareLow-maintenance and simple to care for
ToxicityIt can be toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthIt has a diameter of around 1 foot and a height of 2 feet
BloomsSmall, white, 3-petaled flowers
PropagationStem cuttings, root division, or seeds
FertilizationIn the spring & summer, feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer.
WateringLikes even moisture. Water as the soil dries—water less in winter.
Humidity & Temperature60 °F to 85 °F with high humidity
Light RequirementsBright and unfiltered sunlight
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that is both porous and has good drainage

8. Gloxinia

Gloxinia - purple house plants

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Gloxinia plants are sometimes confused for African Violets due to their velvety foliage and beautiful blooms. However, gloxinia is a genus of flowering plants that is native to some parts of South America, including parts of Central America, the West Indies, and the Andes. 

There are only three original species within the gloxinia genus; however, many hybrids exist and are continuously being produced. After flowering, gloxinias require a period of rest, and the majority of gloxinias are thrown away at this point. However, if the plant is given the proper care, it can be persuaded into blooming once more.

Gloxinia Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Gloxinia
General CareLow-maintenance and simple to grow given favorable conditions
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthMature plants can reach heights of between 6 and 12 inches.
BloomsVibrant flowers in blue, red, purple, pink, and white
PropagationSeeds, roots, and leaf cuttings
FertilizationAdd a water-soluble fertilizer once a month during active growth
WateringKeep the soil moist but not soaked.Self-watering planters are the best option.
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures in the 70s to 80s Fahrenheit and high humidity
Light RequirementsBright, indirect light
Ideal Soil TypeLoose soil that is slightly acidic and has good drainage.

9. Purple Succulents

Purple Succulents

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There are over 150 species of rosette-shaped succulents that belong to the genus Echeveria. These plants are indigenous to the regions of Northwestern South America, Mexico, and Central America. Purple echeverias like Dark Moon, Purple Pearl, Afterglow, and Dark Prince range in color from hazy lavender to dark, almost-black purple.

These lovely houseplants are among the most well-known rose-shaped succulents. The fleshy leaves, which have a light purple color, have margins that are waxy on the outside. Echeveria has the same requirements for care as other succulents. You only need to give them a drink once every few weeks because of how well they retain water.

Purple Succulents Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Echeveria
General CareSimple in terms of care and cultivation
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthSize varies by species.Some grow on tall stalks, while others stay low and huge.
BloomsWhite flowers with tiny black dots on the petals
PropagationLeaves and cuttings
FertilizationAvoid overfeeding.Only apply cactus/succulent fertilizer in spring or summer.
WateringNeeds little water. Water only when the soil is dry and let it drain.
Humidity & TemperatureWarm temperatures and little humidity are good for their growth.
Light RequirementsDirect sunlight (bright, full sun)
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that drains well and is pH-neutral

10. Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

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Although they are technically cacti, Schlumbergera is actually a genus of plants that are exclusive to the coastline mountains of Brazil. The Christmas cactus is one of the most well-liked houseplants out there, and for a good reason.

After flowering, they reveal pink or purple tubular blossoms. They are similar to orchids in that they develop on tree bark and rocky outcroppings. All of the holiday cactus species originate in the tropical forests of Brazil and can be planted in any season. Moreover,  it is low-maintenance and spreads rapidly, making it a good contender for a holiday gift.

Christmas Cactus Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Schlumbergera
General CareIt grows with little effort and requires little upkeep.
ToxicityNon-toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthAchieves a height of up to 1 foot and a width of up to 2 feet
BloomsStunning pink or purple-looking flowers
PropagationLeave cuttings
FertilizationFeed half-strength, water-soluble fertilizer monthly until buds form. After blooming, fertilize monthly.
WateringWater deeply and drain when the soil is almost dry.
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures from 60c°F to 80c°F and high humidity
Light RequirementsBright, filtered sunlight or a mixture of the two
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that is neutral to acidic, wet, and well-drained

11. Persian Shield Plant

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A native of Myanmar, the Persian shield is an evergreen shrub with striking purple leaves that are crisscrossed by green veins. The leaves can reach lengths of up to 0.5 ft. and are a welcome addition to any home. They have an iridescent shine that gives them a transparent shimmer, which makes them one of the most gorgeous purple houseplants on the list. 

Persian shields can produce blooms of a lavender color given the appropriate conditions; however, flowering in indoor plants is uncommon. Persian shield plants are versatile and may thrive in a variety of environments. Just make sure the humidity levels stay high.

Persian Shield Plant Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameStrobilanthes auriculatus
General CareEasy to grow and requires little upkeep
ToxicityNot toxic to humans or animals, but its sap can cause skin irritation
Size & GrowthPlants can reach heights of up to three to four feet when fully mature.
BloomsFlowers occasionally in fall given the right conditions
PropagationStem or leave cuttings
FertilizationFertilize every two weeks with half-strength fertilizer in the growing season
WateringWhen the top inch of soil dries, irrigate with filtered lukewarm water.
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures above 60 °F and moderate humidity.
Light RequirementsFull sun to partial shade
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that is slightly acidic to neutral in pH is rich, moist, and drains well

12. Purple Vanda Orchid

Purple Vanda Orchid

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About eighty different kinds of orchids belong to the genus Vanda, and their beautiful blooms come in virtually every color of the rainbow. The Vanda orchid has some of the longest-lasting and most fragrant blossoms of any orchid species. However, while being one of the most well-known ornamental flower varieties, they are not beginner-friendly.

Most Vandas are also epiphytes. This indicates that in nature, they have a propensity to grow in spaces or crevices in the bark of trees and the joints of tree limbs. However, they can also be found growing on rocks from time to time.

Purple Vanda Orchid Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameAscocentrum vanda
General CareModerately fussy, yet simple to cultivate with the appropriate conditions.
ToxicityNot clear, so keep pets and children away
Size & GrowthMature plants can grow to be between 1 and 3 feet tall.
BloomsPurple blooms with possible pink undertones, a natural bicolor appearance
PropagationStem cuttings and seeds
FertilizationFertilize weekly in spring and summer and monthly in fall and winter.
WateringWater-intensive. So, water often but let drain thoroughly.
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures between 65 °F and 85 °F and high humidity
Light RequirementsDirect light or a bright, indirect sunlight
Ideal Soil TypeInert, soil-free mediums like peat moss or bark would work nicely.

13. Cyclamen

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There are 23 different kinds of plants that belong to the Cyclamen genus, and their flowers range in color from pink to purple. Cyclamen can bloom at any time of year, but after they do so, they must rest for a few months before they can bloom again. They have heart-shaped leaves that are green on top and purple on the underside, and they have a lovely dappled pattern on the leaves. Cyclamens are native to the Mediterranean region. 

They can thrive in a variety of temperatures, including dry, scorching summers as well as damp, cold winters. However, the cyclamen offered as houseplants are tropical and will perish in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cyclamen Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Cyclamen
General CareSimple to look after and require little effort or maintenance.
ToxicityToxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthPlants at maturity range in height from six to nine inches.
BloomsSweet-scented, small blooms on long stems
PropagationSeeds, stems, and roots
FertilizationApply low-nitrogen fertilizer at half strength in the fall, winter, and spring.
WateringWhen the top inch of soil dries, water deeply and let the excess water drain.
Humidity & TemperatureCannot survive below 40 °F and require high humidity in the air
Light RequirementsPartial sun or strong, indirect light
Ideal Soil TypeAn acidic, loamy, and well-draining soil.

14. Purple Shamrock

Purple Shamrock - purple house plants

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This species of plant is indigenous to South America and can be found growing in woodlands and forests there. It has dark, edgy leaves that are shaped like triangles and grow in clusters of three. The leaves are a striking, deep purple color. 

The purple shamrock is also edible and a superb vitamin C source for salads. Unfortunately, purple oxalis leaves will fold inward and resemble an umbrella at night or on overcast, gloomy days before reopening in the morning sun. However, if you give purple oxalis a sunny place and keep the soil moderately moist, it is simple to maintain as an indoor plant.

Purple Shamrock Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameOxalis triangularis
General CareEasy to care for and cultivate, with little to no upkeep required.
ToxicityToxic to cats and dogs
Size & GrowthMature plants are up to one foot in height and two feet in width
BloomsClumps of small pink flowers or white flowers
PropagationSeed, roots, and stem cuttings
FertilizationAdd slow-release fertilizer only in the fall, winter, and spring.
WateringPrefers consistent moisture. When the top inch of soil dries out, water it.
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures between 60 °F and 75 °F and moderate humidity.
Light RequirementsFull to partial sunlight
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that is acidic has good drainage, is loamy, and sandy

15. Purple Calatheas

Purple Calatheas

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Calatheas are a must-have houseplant if you’re looking for anything with purple foliage. Calathea plants were first discovered in the deep shade of South American rainforests. Leaves might be orange, green, pink, or white on the outside, but the insides are typically purple. And because it’s a praying plant, it’s always in motion. 

The leaves of prayer plants close at night and unfold throughout the day, keeping them in constant motion. The pinnate shape and angular markings on the leaves of the calathea plant make them look like carved feathers. Calathea comes in several colors, so look for the purple and green ones in a gardening store or shop.

Purple Calatheas Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Calathea
General CareEasy to care for and cultivate, with little to no upkeep required.
ToxicityNot toxic to pets and humans
Size & GrowthModerate or slow growth. Indoors, it reaches a height of around 2 feet.
BloomsProduces yellow, white, and purple flowers throughout the summer
PropagationDivision and repotting
FertilizationUse a general-purpose fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer.
WateringWater after the top inch of soil has dried off (every 1 or 2 weeks)
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures between 65 °F and 85 °F with high to moderate humidity
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight with a medium to intense intensity
Ideal Soil TypeSoil that drains well and is porous

Related: 20 Types of Calathea Plants that You Should Have in Your Garden

16. Chinese Evergreens

Chinese Evergreens

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Asians have grown Chinese evergreens for ages because they are believed to bring prosperity. However, they also make a delightful addition to the home as an indoor plant, thanks to the highly patterned foliage and the perpetual flowers that develop on mature plants. They are usually thick and leathery and can be any hue, from a deep purple to a silvery gray.

No matter where you choose to exhibit this easy-to-grow and low-maintenance houseplant – on the shelf or windowsill – it will offer a splash of color to any indoor space, provided that the plant is located in a somewhat shaded place.

Chinese Evergreens Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Aglaonema
General CareParticularly challenging to grow in dry climates
ToxicityToxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthA  slow-growing plant that can reach a height and width of two feet.
BloomsSort of heavy unattractive flowers
PropagationStem and leave cuttings
FertilizationWith slow-release fertilizer, feed once in the spring and once in the fall.
WateringLikes wet soil. Water (and drain) thoroughly when the soil has dried out.
Humidity & TemperatureHigh humidity and temperatures over 65°F. Mist often or use a humidifier.
Light RequirementsPartial, indirect light
Ideal Soil TypeA potting soil that is acidic, peat-based, and well-drained

17. Rex Begonia

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Rex begonias are prized for their vibrantly colored and textured leaves. Rex Begonia plants are well known for their extremely attractive foliage and are sometimes referred to as fancy-leaf begonias or painted-leaf begonias. The leaves feature a rainbow of hues and patterns, from solid purple to zebra stripes. Rex begonias are native to the dark understory of jungles and tropical rainforests. 

They store vast amounts of water in their stems, which look like those of a succulent. Of course, you don’t have to make conditions exactly like a tropical rainforest for the plant to prosper, but it does, like high humidity, warm temperatures, and dim lighting.

Rex Begonia Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameBegonia rexcultorum
General CareProducing visually appealing foliage requires careful cultivation.
ToxicityToxic to cats, dogs, and humans
Size & GrowthTypically grows to a height and width of between 12 and 18 inches.
BloomsShowy flowers in the growing season
PropagationStem and leave cuttings
FertilizationA dose of water-soluble, half-strength fertilizer once every two weeks
WateringConsistent watering but prevent the soil from being overly saturated 
Humidity & TemperatureTemperatures between 60 °F to 70 °F and moderate humidity
Light RequirementsFull to partial shade
Ideal Soil TypeA potting soil that has good drainage and is porous

18. Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant - purple house plants

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The prayer plant is a fascinating houseplant because of the peculiar marks on its leaves, which are a purple-brown color. Depending on the type of plant, its leaves will have distinctive markings and colors. It does well in consistently moist soil with humidity levels in the moderate to high range. These plants originate in tropical South and Central American woods. 

Their peculiar name comes from the way the leaves, at night, fold up along the midrib seam, looking like a pair of praying hands. It has a beautiful texture, too, with fuzzy leaves that look and feel like velvet.

Prayer Plant Features & Basic Care

Botanical NamePrayer Plant
General CareNot too hard to grow, so long as you pay attention to its specific needs.
ToxicityNot toxic to pets and animals
Size & GrowthPlant grows slowly, reaching a height and width of around a foot at maturity.
BloomsRarely flowers
PropagationStem and leave cuttings
FertilizationHalf-strength fertilizer should be applied weekly from spring to fall.
WateringWhen the top inch of soil has dried up, irrigate it with filtered water.
Humidity & TemperatureHigh humidity and temperature of 65 °F to 85 °F
Light RequirementsPartial to full shade
Ideal Soil TypeAcidic to neutral moisture-retaining soil

19. Caladium

Caladium

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Caladiums are stunning tropical plants with large leaves shaped like hearts and patterned with various colors. Some varieties, such as Caladium rubicundum bicolor, have a very lovely hue of purple with streaks of vibrant pink. 

In their natural habitats, these plants can be discovered growing in the subtropical and tropical forests of South and Central America. Their leaves can be anything from 6 to 18 inches in length and reach a height of nearly 35 inches. 

However, if they are maintained indoors as houseplants, they have a tendency to stay considerably smaller, and there are even dwarf types available. Bear in mind, also, some of these plants can be quite toxic to dogs and that if they eat the leaves, it might be fatal.

Caladium Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Caladium
General CareEasy to care for and cultivate, with little to no upkeep required.
ToxicitySome varieties are highly toxic to pets such as dogs and cats
Size & GrowthCan reach a height of up to 60 cm
BloomsUsually does not flower indoors
PropagationTubar division
FertilizationApply a liquid fertilizer that is soluble in water once every two weeks.
WateringMaintain moist soil during the growing season.
Humidity & TemperatureHigh humidity and temperatures of 60 °F to 70 °F
Light Requirements3-4 hours of filtered light per day
Ideal Soil TypeRich, well-drained soil

20. Coleus

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You can find coleus in many different colors and varieties, and it makes for a stunning display in any garden. The plant, which got its name from the Greek word for “sheath,” was a popular addition to Victorian-era gardens. The colors won’t be as vibrant if it doesn’t get enough sunlight. More light means more vibrant hues! 

Coleus is endemic to the moist, shady, and warm conditions of the forests of Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Although it is primarily cultivated outside, a purple house plant is also an excellent choice for growing indoors. Many shades of purple-leaf coleus plants are available so you can collect them all.

Coleus Features & Basic Care

Botanical NameGenus Coleus
General CareEasy to care for and cultivate, with little to no upkeep required.
ToxicityNot toxic to pets and people
Size & GrowthGrow quickly and range in size from 1 to 3 feet
BloomsSpiky tiny blue-to-white flowers
PropagationStem and leave cuttings
FertilizationFertilize during the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.
WateringGrow best in soil that is consistently moist but not soggy
Humidity & TemperatureHumid climate with 50 to 60% relative humidity & 50 °F 60 °F temperature
Light RequirementsLikes full sun but can handle partial or dappled sunlight
Ideal Soil TypePrefers consistently moist, rich, loose, well-draining soil

Final Thoughts

Purple house plants are a stunning complement to any decor and give your living area a vibrant flash of color. However, it can be challenging to focus your search when there are so many purple plants available. Each of these, from the exotic rainforest plants to the gentle, unassuming blossoms, is amazing in its own right and truly magnificent to look at.

So keep in mind that it’s ideal to choose plants whose maintenance requirements you are comfortable with and whose preferred habitat your house or office can readily provide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are my plant leaves turning purple?

Lack of phosphorus is the most common cause of a plant’s leaves turning purple instead of green. However, phosphorus shortage symptoms might also indicate that there is either an excess of water or that the soil temperature is too low. Both of these things decrease a plant’s capacity to take in phosphorus and use it for growth.

What causes purple leaves?

The presence of a pigment known as anthocyanin is typically responsible for giving leaves their purple color. This pigment enters the cell structure of the leaves and absorbs yellow as well as the green light, causing the foliage to take on a variety of different purple colors.

What is the meaning and symbolism of purple plants?

Purple flowers are often associated with affluence and even monarchy, but they can also convey respect and a sense of tradition. In addition, the naturally light purple flowers evoke feelings of peace and tranquility within you, and giving a bunch of lavender to someone you care about makes for the ideal present.

What plants have purple leaves?

There are many different kinds of plants with leaves that come in a variety of vivid purple colors. Some of our favorite purple plants include Prayer Plants, Purple African Violets, Campanula, Ti plants, Calatheas, Wandering Jew, Coleus plants, Purple shamrock, Gloxinia, Rubber Tree Plants, Moses-in-the-cradle, and many types of succulents.

What are the tall purple perennials called?

Phlox, often known as garden phlox, is a tall plant that belongs to the family Polemoniaceae. Because they require so little maintenance, these perennial flowers, which can be light or dark purple, are very popular. Bees and hummingbirds are also drawn to the plant due to the cluster of blooms it produces, which are vividly colored and give off a light scent. 

Sources for Further Readings

Purple Plants – University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (2022). Retrieved 15 October 2022, from https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/purple-plants.html

Purple Heart, Tradescantia pallida. (2022). , University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Retrieved 15 October 2022, from https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/articles/purple-heart-tradescantia-pallida/

Purple Vegetables are Beautiful and Delicious. (2017). The University of Illinois. Retrieved 15 October 2022, from https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/rhonda-ferrees-ilriverhort/2017-08-11-purple-vegetables-are-beautiful-and-delicious

Blue/Purple Flowers. (2022). Saint John’s University. Retrieved 15 October 2022, from https://www.csbsju.edu/outdooru/abbeyarboretum/landscape/plantsandwildlife/prairieplants/bluepurpleflowers

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