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 lets get to it…

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.   

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Family: Begoniaceau
  • Potential growth height: 40-60 cm
  • Watering: Regular watering during the growing season, reduce in winter
  • Light: indirect sun 
  • Best temperature: 72°F during the day and 64°F at night
  • Humidity: high. Mist around the plant regularly
  • Fertilizing: during the growing season only
  • Soil: prefers slightly acid soil
  • Common problems and pests: powdery mildew can be treated with fungicide

Caladium

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Commonly known as angel wings or elephant ear, the very interesting flowering plant caladium boasts large, wafer-thin foliage with varying patterns. The brilliant leaves of this houseplant come in unusual shapes, such as arrows, lances, or hearts. 

  • Origin: Central and South America 
  • Family: Arum
  • Potential growth height: 60 cm
  • Watering: Keep soil moist during growth seasons
  • Light: 3-4 hours of filtered light per day
  • Best temperature: 70F during the day and above 60F at night
  • Humidity level: 50% relative or higher. Use humidifier for best results
  • Fertilizing: Apply a 5-10-10 formula every month during the growing season
  • Soil: well-drained and rich in organic matter
  • Common problems and pests: none

Calathea Rattlesnake

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With bold white veins against the purple leaves, the Calathea rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia) features narrow-shaped foliage in a reddish-purple color. This houseplant is very attractive no matter how you view it, from below or above the leaves. One of my absolute favorites, a stunning plant with purple and green leaves is a must-have on my shortlist of purple house plants.

  • Origin: Brazil 
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Potential growth height: 30 inches
  • Watering: regularly during spring and summer, reduce in winter
  • Light: medium to low 
  • Best temperature: warm and tropical, preferably between 65-85 degrees
  • Humidity level: high. The best location is in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Fertilizing: feed with high-iron formula every month from spring to fall
  • Soil: well-drained perlite and peat potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: curling leaves caused by low humidity 

Coleus Purple House plants

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Coleus (plectranthus scutellarioides) is mainly grown outdoors, but as it’s so easy to care for indoors, it makes a great choice for our list of purple house plants. The vibrancy of its rich, purple leaves draws the eye instantly, and the small structure makes it the perfect fancy plant on the windowsill. 

  • Origin: South East Asia and Australia 
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Potential growth height: 36 inches
  • Watering: during hot months, water once or twice a day
  • Light: Full sun to medium shade 
  • Best temperature: 70-100F
  • Humidity level: moderate to high
  • Fertilizing: regular feeding every week using liquid fertilizer
  • Soil: decent drainage with plenty of Perlite
  • Common problems and pests: root rot due to overwatering

Echeveria

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Native to semi-desert regions, echeverias are flowering plants with charming leaves’ design. 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.

  • Origin: Central America 
  • Family:  Crassulaceae
  • Potential growth height: 12 inches
  • Watering: once every 10 days
  • Light: full sun
  • Best temperature: subtropical climate
  • Humidity level: average at 40%
  • Fertilizing: not necessary, but if growth is stunted, apply cacti fertilizer
  • Soil: fast-draining with perlite 
  • Common problems and pests: poor watering causes wilting leaves 

Greenovia

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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! 

  • Origin: Canary Islands
  • Family: Crassulaceae
  • Potential growth height: 6 inches
  • Watering: only when the top surface of the soil is dry
  • Light: bright sun
  • Best temperature: subtropical climate
  • Humidity level: average at 40%
  • Fertilizing: not necessary
  • Soil: fast-draining, sandy, gritty loam
  • Common problems and pests: overwatering causes yellow leaves 

Iron-Cross Begonia

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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.

  • Origin: China and Vietnam 
  • Family: Begoniaceae
  • Potential growth height: 18 inches
  • Watering: keep foliage dry to prevent fungus growth, water the soil every week
  • Light: bright and indirect
  • Best temperature: 65-75F
  • Humidity level: high
  • Fertilizing: once a month with a 10-10-5 formula
  • Soil: acid and alkaline neutral, add perlite for drainage
  • Common problems and pests: overwatering will drown the roots and cause mildew


Persian Shield

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Persian shield is 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, the plant thrives in warm and humid conditions. 

  • Origin: Myanmar 
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Potential growth height: 3 feet
  • Watering: twice a week
  • Light: full sun to partial shade
  • Best temperature: tropical and warm 
  • Humidity level: high
  • Fertilizing: half-strength balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in spring/summer
  • Soil: Slightly acidic
  • Common problems and pests: spider mites and fungus gnats; to treat, apply neem oil

Prayer Plant

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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.

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Potential growth height: 12 inches
  • Watering: Keep the soil constantly moist in spring and summer, reduce watering in winter 
  • Light: bright, indirect sun
  • Best temperature: 65-70F
  • Humidity level: moderately high
  • Fertilizing: 10-10-10 formula every 2 weeks from early spring to fall
  • Soil: acidic, include peat moss, loam, and sand
  • Common problems and pests: brown leaf tips due to improper light and watering

Purple Oxalis

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Oxalis plants (Oxalis triangularis) boast unique pinwheel leaves with bursts of starry blossoms. Purple oxalis with it’s delicate foliage and small flowers make it the perfect choice for growing in containers. This purple leaf plant has tiny, butterfly-shaped leaves close at night and will only open in partially shaded environments.

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Family: Oxalidaceae
  • Potential growth height: 25 cm
  • Watering: lightly once every 2 weeks
  • Light: partial shade
  • Best temperature: 60-70F
  • Humidity level: moderate, mist the foliage occasionally 
  • Fertilizing: feed every 2-3 weeks
  • Soil: Rich, well-drained potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: powdery mildew and white spots on the leaves due to sunburn

Purple Passion (Gynura Aurantiaca)

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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.

  • Origin: Southeast Asia 
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Potential growth height: 8 feet
  • Watering: infrequently. Keep the soil moist but not soggy
  • Light: medium to bright 
  • Best temperature:
  • Humidity level: between 40-60% 
  • Fertilizing: every 2 weeks from spring to fall and once a month in winter
  • Soil: well-draining perlite potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: prone to pest attacks, such as aphids, spider mites and, mealybugs; to treat, spray with neem oil

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. 

  • Origin: China
  • Family: Araceae
  • Potential growth height: 10 inches 
  • Watering: only when the topsoil feels dry to the touch 
  • Light: partial to full shade
  • Best temperature: between 70-85F
  • Humidity level: low
  • Fertilizing: liquid fertilizer once a month in spring and summer
  • Soil: well-drained, slightly acidic
  • Common problems and pests: root rot due to overwatering 

Rex Begonia

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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. 

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Family: Begoniaceae
  • Potential growth height: 18 inches
  • Watering: weekly
  • Light: Moderate to bright sun
  • Best temperature: 65-75F
  • Humidity level: around 50%
  • Fertilizing: diluted organic feed every 4-6 weeks in the growing season
  • Soil: prefer a rich, light potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: mealybugs; remove with alcohol-soaked cotton pads. 

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. 

  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Family: Spurge
  • Potential growth height: 13 feet
  • Watering: weekly in spring and summer. Reduce to monthly in winter
  • Light: indirect sunshine
  • Best temperature: 60-65F
  • Humidity level: mist the leaves in warmer months
  • Fertilizing: 10-10-10 formula during the growing season 
  • Soil: well-aerated, sandy potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: none

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.  

  • Origin: South Africa 
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Potential growth height: 10 inches 
  • Watering: moderately when young, reduce once established
  • Light: shade
  • Best temperature: cool climates of around 60F 
  • Humidity level: low
  • Fertilizing: liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season 
  • Soil: well-drained potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: none

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 can be enjoyed all year long. 

  • Origin: Tropical America
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Potential growth height: 4 feet
  • Watering: in the morning if the soil is dry
  • Light: partial sun and shade
  • Best temperature: 70-80F
  • Humidity level: 40%
  • Fertilizing: 20-20-20 formula
  • Soil: any type will do
  • Common problems and pests: beetles, aphids, whitefly, and weevils; treat with plant-based insecticide or neem oil 

Ti Plant

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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.  

  • Origin: Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Ocean Regions
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Potential growth height: 10 feet
  • Watering: little and often
  • Light: partial sun
  • Best temperature: 65-95F
  • Humidity level: 40-60%
  • Fertilizing: high-nitrogen feed
  • Soil: acidic 
  • Common problems and pests: overwatering causes leaf drop and too much sunlight turns leaves yellow

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

  • Origin: Eastern Mexico
  • Family:  Commelinaceae
  • Potential growth height: 30-45 cm
  • Watering: generously during dry periods 
  • Light: full sun to partial shade
  • Best temperature: drought tolerant once established
  • Humidity level: relative around 40%
  • Fertilizing: monthly during the growing season 
  • Soil: neutral, loamy sand
  • Common problems and pests: none

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. Otherwise, it may lose its purple coloring. 

  • Origin: Java, Asia
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Potential growth height: 6 inches
  • Watering: regular irrigation 
  • Light: medium to bright but not direct 
  • Best temperature: above 40F
  • Humidity level: mist around the plant during warmer months
  • Fertilizing: apply 6-12-6 slow-release fertilizer 
  • Soil: Slightly acidic and moist
  • Common problems and pests: none

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. 

  • Origin: Central America
  • Family: Commelinaceae
  • Potential growth height: 6 feet
  • Watering: regularly
  • Light: bright, indirect sun
  • Best temperature: 50-80F
  • Humidity level: average
  • Fertilizing: half-strength liquid feed
  • Soil: slightly moist potting mix
  • Common problems and pests: spider mites, aphids and, fungus gnats; to treat, use neem oil

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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