Top 10 Houseplants With Red Leaves

With speckled, striped, variegated, or mottled leaves, red plants deliver an unexpected flush color to your house without relying on bright blooms. 

By: THURSD. | 02-02-2022 | 6 min read
Indoor Plants

These red houseplants are so pretty that by the end of this article, you're probably going to want one in every corner of your house. If you love the color red, there are many different houseplants with red leaves that you can add to your indoor garden. With speckled, striped, variegated, or mottled leaves, red plants deliver an unexpected flush color to your house without relying on bright blooms. 

Add a Pop of Color With These Houseplants With Red Leaves

Houseplants with red leaves can add dramatic shades of crimson, burgundy, maroon, and deep pink to any home interior. Plants with bright red and green leaves brighten up rooms and add a touch of warmth to the décor. Some red-leaf houseplants such as coleus, caladium, and anthurium have bright red foliage. Other types of red-leaved plants such as begonia and dracaena have darker reds or subtle shades of red.

If you’re searching for houseplants with red leaves, look no further because we've got you covered: 


Top 10 Houseplants With Red Leaves - Red Anthurium

One of your obvious choices when it comes to red houseplants: anthuriums!


Coleus Wizard Scarlet

A plant with an old window sill' image. The nettle-like leaf has many shape and color variations. Easy to sow if you plant it outside but also easy to care for as a houseplant. It's one of those houseplants that's back from the past. The coleus Wizard Scarlet is a versatile foliage plant that, incidentally, eventually blooms with blue flowers. It has deep red leaves with a yellow-green border. The coleus is a compact grower tolerant of low-light conditions.


Red Houseplant Coleus Wizard Scarlett

Image via @plantastic_mr_fox


Begonia Barkos Baladin 

The red begonias from the Barkos series you find at Koppe Begonia are widely cultivated by begonia growers during the winter season because they are so hardy and last a long time in consumers' homes. The plant might grow a little slower but is therefore much stronger. In addition, the flowers are filled with many petals, creating a beautiful full and fluffy effect that exudes romance. The largest variety in the Barkos series is the begonia Baladin, a beautiful red begonia that can easily liven up your home. 


Red Houseplant Begonia Barkos Baladin


Mangave Red Wing

Never heard about a mangave before? That's okay! The mangave is actually a new, intergeneric hybrid that takes the best of both parents: agave's durability and large, architectural forms, and the manfreda's unique colors and drawing. Its spikes are a lot softer than those of the agave, so it's also a lot easier to handle. The mangave Red Wing comes in a beautiful, deep red color that prefers full sun - this is where the colors and distinctive leaf markings show best. It's a fast grower that is both ideal on your patio, balcony, or as a houseplant. Want to discover more mangaves? You can read all about them in the article 'Mangave, the Next Must-Have Plant? Oh, Yes!'.


Images via @madaboutmangave & @thatbotanicguy


Codiaeum Variegatum Mammy Red

This codiaeum Variegatum called 'Mammy Red' has some of the boldest and brightest foliage you will find on a tropical houseplant. The dark green oval-shaped leaves are covered in bright red and often orange, green, and yellow patterns. The upright growth of this fiery-looking plant makes them popular houseplants. It's an easy going plant for almost any indoor space, and can take direct light and bright indirect light.


Red Houseplant Codiaeum Variegatum Mammy Red

Image via @toms_plants


Bromeliad Guzmania

The Guzmania from Bromelia Specialist predominantly grows in the northwest of South America and in the Caribbean; mostly in tropical rain forests. There, it grows on trees with stringy roots without harming them; the Guzmania extracts moisture and nutrition from the air. This tropical trumpet has a captivating effect on its entire environment. The most striking features of the Guzmania are brightly colored bracts that grow from a beautiful rosette. Between the bracts, it has small unique flowers. The Guzmania is available in many colors and color variations besides red, such as yellow, orange, white, pink, or two-tone.


Houseplants with Red Leaves Bromeliad Guzmania

Image via @babyjungleplantsliverpool


Philodendron Imperial Red

The philodendron Imperial Red from Evanthia is a gorgeous, tropical foliage plant that has large, oval-rounded glossy leaves. The leaf color starts off as bright reddish/green and turns more dark red to dark green over time. Perfect for when you want temporary pops of color, seeing as only new leaf growth shows this bright shade of red. Philodendron is native to South America, where it grows as an evergreen perennial in tropical rainforests. As a houseplant, it is in high demand for its glossy appearance, easy-care, and air-purifying qualities.


Images via @verdetydecor & @indianplantlady


Begonia Maculata

One of the most popular and photogenic houseplants at the moment is the begonia Maculata, also known as the Polka Dot begonia or the Spotted begonia. The begonia Maculata is the most famous variant of the dot begonia. This striking plant has beautiful leaves with a red bottom and the characteristic white dots on the top.


Houseplants with red leaves Begonia Maculata

Image via @botanicaetal


In the right conditions, the Polka Dot begonia will produce small flowers similar in shape to other begonia plants. They are a white rounded fan shape with a small yellow center. Begonia Maculatas are not pet safe (and can be harmful to humans if ingested, as well), but the good news is that they are air purifying. By the way, you can read everything about this begonia in the article 'The Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia Maculata) is One of the Most Photogenic Houseplants'. 

Sedum Rubrotinctum Aurora

The sedum Rubrotinctum Aurora is a gorgeous little succulent with rounded plump green and red fleshy leaves. This plant starts out mostly green or bi-colored red and green but will get redder and redder overtime when it gets a lot of sunlight exposure. The sedum Rubrotinctum is also known as the Jelly Bean plant and is -l ike most succulents - relatively easy to car for.  


Red Houseplants Sedum Rubrotinctum Aurora

Image via @succulent_kim_garden


Phalaenopsis Scarlett Jubilee

The orchid group includes several hundred different genera and thousands of species, but most people are introduced to orchids through the Phalaenopsis genus, which are particularly good orchids for beginners. These are thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of bloom—the orchids featured in so many design magazines sitting on coffee tables across the world. Phalaenopsis orchids are rewarding plants. They are not demanding, and in the right conditions, they will display showy blooms for months. That's what makes the phalaenopsis Scarlett Jubilee such a must-have because this variety from Floricultura flowers at least 90 days!


Red Houseplants Phalaenopsis Scarlett Jubilee Floricultura


Hypoestes Phyllostachya Confetti Compact Red

The hypoestes Phyllostachya from Evanthia is a fun, tropical foliage plant, with a neat and compact habit and a very playful look. It has heart-shaped leaves, with colorful dark green and bright scarlet/red speckles and blotches. Hypoestes Phyllostachya is native to tropical Madagascar, where it grows as an herbaceous perennial in shaded areas where it can form dense carpets of vegetation in the understorey layers of woodlands and rainforests. It makes for a great windowsill plant but looks good on your patio too!

Images via @citrus_harlot & Evanthia



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