25 Best Purple House Plants For An Exotic Indoor Garden

There’s no doubt about it, houseplants are a joy to behold. So, what could be better than a purple house plant that brings stunning colors and structure indoors? Well, how about a list of the 25 best purple house plants that offer you stunning colors and structure!

Okay, full disclosure… so not every plant can have deep purple foliage from the root base to the tip of every leaf. So we have cast our net slightly wider to give you as many options as possible. If you’re a purple velvet plant purist who insists on pure purple or nothing or maybe you’re looking for architectural structure and shape from the Calathea Rattlesnake an elegant plant with purple and green leaves, there’s sure to be something to here for you.

Anyway, you came here for purple house plants, so let’s get to it…

Begonia-Maori-Haze.

Begonia ‘Maori Haze’

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Begonia Maori Haze (also known as Begonia rex Beleaf) is an unscented tropical plant with a striking purple leaf pattern and shape.

The foliage of this evergreen rhizome perennial makes it the perfect houseplant that boasts visual interest all year.

Begonia’s need moist, slightly acidic soil and can be prone to powdery mildew.

Plant Care

indirect sun 
When top 1″ of soil is dry
Height 40-60 cm
64 °F to 72 °F, high humidity
Stem cuttings & leaves
Toxic to people, cats, and dog
White & pink flower in summer

Caladium bicolor

Caladium

Angel Wings or Elephant Ear

An attractive and unusual flowering plant that boasts large, wafer-thin foliage with varying colors, shapes, and patterns.

Expect vibrant leaf color in pinks, reds, and greens in an array of shapes such as arrows, lances, or hearts. 

Needs well-draining and nutrient-rich soil.

Plant Care

3-4 hours of filtered light per day
Keep soil moist during growth season
Height 60cm
60 °F to 70 °F, 50% + humidity
Tubar division
Toxic to people and pets
Unlikely to flower indoors

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Calathea Rattlesnake

Calathea lancifolia

With bold white veins against the purple leaves, the Calathea rattlesnake features narrow-shaped foliage in a reddish-purple color.

Prone to brown or curled leaves if humidity is not high enough.

Well-draining soil that is kept slightly damp during the growing season is a must for this plant.

Plant Care

Moderate, indirect sunlight
Keep soil slightly moist
Height 30 inches
65 °F to 85 °F & 70%+ humidity
Propagate by Division
Non-toxic to people, cats, and dog
Orangey, yellow flowers in late spring

Coleus Plectranthus scutellarioides

Coleus Purple House Plants

Plectranthus scutellarioides

Mainly grown outdoors, but is a great choice purple house plant for indoor-growing also.

The vibrancy of its rich, purple leaves draws the eye instantly, and the small structure makes it the perfect fancy plant for a windowsill. 

This plant gets thirsty during the summer months so water regularly but ensure that water is well-draining to avoid the tendency for root rot.

Plant Care

Full sun to medium shade
Water daily during hot months
Height 36 inches
70 °F to 100 °F, 70%+ humidity
Stem cuttings
Toxic to people, cats, and dog
Tiny blue or white flowers in late summer

echeveria

Echeveria

Native to semi-desert regions, echeverias are flowering plants that are formed as charming leaf-like rosettes.

These beautiful houseplants are one of the best known among the rose-shaped succulents. The light purple leaves are fleshy with waxy edges on the exterior.

Great for those new to houseplants. They need very little water and propagate from leaves or ‘pups’ easily.

Plant Care

Full sun
Soak when soil is dry
Height 12 inches
Subtropical, 40%+ humidity
Leaves or ‘pups’
Non-toxic
Non-showy flowers

Greenovia

Greenovia

Another unique-looking succulent (Greenovia dodrantalis) is a species of rose succulents and features circular-shaped petals in symmetrical patterns.

This blossoming flower typically grows in clusters, but as a houseplant, it’s quite rare to find – unless you live in Spain! 

Plant in fast-draining, sandy soil with plenty of grit to avoid yellow leaves caused by overwatering.

Plant Care

Full sun
Soak when soil is dry
Height 6 inches
Subtropical, 40%+ humidity
Leaves or ‘pups’
Toxic to pets and humans
Non-showy flowers

Begonia-masoniana_Iron-Cross

Iron-Cross Begonia

The iron-cross begonia (begonia masoniana) features wide, dark-color markings that stand out against the green backdrop.

This unique houseplant resembles the German iron cross, thus the name. Its foliage has a coarse, pebbled texture with purple blooms.

Plant in neutral soil and add perlite for drainage. This plant is prone to root rot and mildew if kept damp for long periods.

Plant Care

Bright but indirect sun
Soak when soil is dry
Height 18 inches
65-75F, 70%+ humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to pets and people
Pink & White flowers in Summer

persian shield

Persian Shield

Also known as the royal purple plant (Strobilanthes dyeriana) and has to be considered one of the best purple house plants available.

A flowering plant that is ideal for growing indoors as an ornamental. With its unique foliage that shimmers in shades of green veins and purple.

This plant thrives in slightly acidic soil and prefers warm and humid conditions. Remember to fertilize with a half-strength fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season.

Plant Care

Full sun to partial shade
When top 2 inches of soil are dry
Height 3 feet
Sub Tropical, 70%+ humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Non-toxic
Flowers occasionally in fall

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Prayer Plant

The unusual tropical perennial, prayer plant (maranta leuconeura) is mainly noted for its eye-catching wide foliage.

This houseplant boasts strikingly marked purple-brown leaves, which fold at night, thus creating the appearance of praying hands. It also exhibits stunning texture with velvet-like fuzzy leaves.

Avoid brown leaf tips and curling leaves by watering with distilled or filtered water.

Plant Care

Bright, indirect sun
Keep soil moist in growing season
Height 12 inches
Sub Tropical, 65%+ humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Non-toxic
Rarely flowers

purple oxalis

Purple Oxalis

Oxalis plants (Oxalis triangularis) boast unique pinwheel leaves with bursts of starry blossoms.

This purple leaf plant has tiny, butterfly-shaped leaves close at night and will only open in partially shaded environments.

The delicate foliage and small flowers make it the perfect choice for growing in containers.

Plant in nutrient-rich well-draining soil and avoid overwatering (that can cause powdery mildew) and too much sun (that can cause white spots on leaves.

Plant Care

Partial shade
Water lightly every 2 weeks
Height 10 inches
60-70F, 60%+ humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
Tiny white or pink flowers

purple passion plant

Purple Passion (Gynura Aurantiaca)

With fuzzy purple sheen hairs on its green, velvety foliage, purple passion comes to life as soon as the sun shines on this plant.

This characteristic plant has an upright growing habit when young before spreading like a vine as it matures. You have to love this purple fuzzy plant.

Plant in well-draining soil mixed with perlite and water infrequently to avoid potential pest infestations.

Plant Care

Medium to bright light
Water lightly every 2 weeks
Height 8 feet
60-70F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Non-toxic
Orange flowers with unpleasant smell

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Siam Aurora

Red Aglaonema

Commonly known as Chinese evergreen, red aglaonema flaunts red-tinted green leaves with elegant purple stripes.

This easy-to-grow, low-maintenance houseplant will add a pop of color to any indoor space no matter where you display it: on the shelf or windowsill – just as long as the plant is in a shaded area. 

Needs slightly acidic, well-draining soil to avoid root rot caused by overwatering.

Some argue that it’s best to prune back their rather unattractive flowers as they are said to be nutrient-hungry and will zap your precious plant of energy.

Plant Care

Partial to full shade
Water when topsoil feels dry
Height 10 inches
70-85F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
Heavy unattractive flowers

rex bergonia

Rex Begonia

Rex begonia (Rex-cultorum) features a broad spectrum of colors, stripes, and shapes.

The primary foliage colors that stand out are purple, silver, pink, and black in unique shapes that make up this pretty tropical plant.

Rex begonia enjoys partially shaded areas, which makes it highly suitable for indoor gardening. 

Plant in a rich and loamy potting mix and feed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.

Plant Care

Moderate to bright sun
Water weekly
Height 18 inches
65-75F, 50%+ humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
Showy flowers in the growing season

Rubber Plant Ficus elastica Robusta

Rubber Tree (Ficus Elastica)

The leaves of rubber trees start with a bright red color when young and turn dark purple once they mature.

This ornamental houseplant is highly popular because of its waxy, shiny leaves, and larger-than-life appearance. Once it has grown to about 2 feet, it makes a beautiful focal point on a table, windowsill, or shelf. 

Needs a well-aerated, sandy potting mix and a 10-10-10 fertilizer throughout the growing season.

Plant Care

Indirect sun
Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry
Height 13 feet
60-65F, medium humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Mildly toxic to people and pets
flowers the fruits in the growing season

Ledebouria socialis silver squill

Silver Squill

Silver squill (Ledebouria socialis) is a species of a bulbous perennial plant and flaunts unique and colorful foliage displaying mottled silver and green leaves with purple hues and stems.

This unusual houseplant is definitely a head-turner when displayed indoors with its silver-colored polka dots on the leaves and the deep purple undersides of its stems.  

Benefits from regular fertilizing during the growing season and needs to be planted in well-draining soil to avoid overwatering.

Plant Care

Can tolerate shade
Water infrequently once mature
Height 10 inches
60-65F, medium humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
flowers & fruits in the growing season

Sweet Caroline ‘Purple’ Potato Vine

Sweet Caroline ‘Purple’ Potato Vine

One of the most versatile and attractive houseplants is the sweetly named plant Sweet Caroline potato vine (Ipomoea batatas).

This purple leaf plant is mostly cherished for its rich purple foliage with ivy-shaped leaves.

It is easy to care for tolerating most soil types, infrequent watering and low levels of humidity.

Plant Care

Partial sun and shade
Water if soil is dry
Height 4 feet
70-80F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
Non-showy flowers

ti plant

Ti Plant

The red-purple-colored Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) features flamboyant foliage with a classy appeal.

This plant is the perfect choice for any room that needs a pop of style and color. Most varieties of Ti plants feature strap-like leaves with bright streaks of light and dark purple. To maintain this vibrant foliage, use a high nitrogen fertilizer during the growing season. 

These plants have quite specific care needs to thrive. Plant in slightly acidic, well-draining soil and avoid overwatering that can cause leaf drop. Similarly, avoid too much exposure to direct sunlight that can cause yellowing of leaves.

Plant Care

Partial sun
Water little and often
Height 10 feet
65-95F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Toxic to people and pets
Non-showy flowers

Tradescantia Pallida ‘Purple Heart’

Tradescantia Pallida ‘Purpurea’ Purple Heart

Purple Heart’s stems and upper leaves feature a deep royal purple shade with a subtle hint of turquoise that darkens as the foliage matures.

The blooms of these unusual purple house plants appear in small clusters throughout the warm season with vividly pink flowers that remain open in the morning. 

Once mature, these plants are drought tolerant.

Plant Care

Full to partial sun
Water generously in dry weather
Height 13 inches
65-95F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Mildly toxic
Vivid pink flowers

purple waffle plant Hemigraphis alternata

Purple Waffle Plant Hemigraphis Alternata

The interestingly named purple waffle plant is also known as red ivy.

This tropical perennial is a common houseplant with a metallic-tone purple color and striking appearance.

To keep your waffle plant in its tip-top condition, make sure it receives adequate sunlight and is planted in slightly acidic and moist soil. Otherwise, it may lose its purple coloring. 

Plant Care

Bright but indirect sunlight
Water regularly
Height 6 inches
40-65F, low humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Non-toxic
Tiny flowers

Silvery Wandering jew (Tradescantia zebrina)

Wandering Jew

The purple striped Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) has small petal blooms in violet or white colors.

This widely available houseplant needs quite a lot of attention during its younger years, from regular watering to feeding.

The characteristic silver and olive markings on the top leaf layer and the dark purple on the undersides make this plant the center of attention. 

Plant Care

Bright but indirect sunlight
Water regularly
Height 6 inches
50-80F, moderate humidity
Leaves or stem cuttings
Non-toxic
Tiny flowers

Purple House Plants Summary

This list of stunning purple house plants shows off a large array of species from succulents to border plants all of which can thrive indoors and brings a splash of flair to your living space. Use our plant care guidelines for each plant to find the variety that suits your growing space and home environment and just watch it flourish.

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