The Best Pink Houseplants for Your Home or Office

When it comes time to break up all the green in your houseplant collection, these pink houseplants are here to help. We’ve put together a list of houseplants that have pink leaves, flowers, or both! Many pink plants experience a change in color with varying levels of light, so take note of how placement affects your plant’s color.

Pink Houseplant Meanings & Symbolism

The meaning behind pink plants depends on the exact species as well as cultural traditions. Many indoor plants, especially those with pink flowers, are linked to happiness, romance, and good luck. Some people place pink plants in homes to bring in a sense of purity, positive energy, and brightness. With the cheerful pink color, these positive meanings aren’t a surprise.


25 Pink Houseplants to Grow at Home

Here you’ll find 25 of our favorite pink houseplants that will thrive in a range of living environments. We’ve included a brief care guide for each so you can find the perfect pick for your own unique living environment. 

1) Fittonia ‘Pink Forest Flame’ (Fittonia albivenis)

Fittonia ‘Pink Forest Flame’ (Fittonia albivenis)

Also known as the nerve plant or mosaic plant, this fittonia has green leaves covered with beautiful pink veins. This tropical plant hates drying out and will put on a dramatic wilting show to let you know it needs more water. It makes a great addition to a terrarium.

General Care:Easy as long as you remember to water
Light:Likes indirect light; bright light can burn leaves
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water regularly; if you see the leaves wilting, your plant needs a drink
Feeding:Feed every 2-4 weeks during the growing season with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer
Growth:3 to 6-inches tall and 12 to 18- inches wide

2) Cordyline ‘Pink Passion’ (Cordyline australis)

Cordyline ‘Pink Passion’ (Cordyline australis)

Also known as the cabbage tree, this pink flowering houseplant adds a dramatic dose of colorful, sword-like leaves to your home. In its native New Zealand, it can grow over 20 feet tall, but ‘Pink Passion’ has been bred to stay a more manageable size.

General Care:Easy
Light:At least 6 hours of bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:50ºF to 80ºF with low to medium humidity
Watering:Water thoroughly about once a week during the growing season
Feeding:Feed every 4 weeks during the growing season with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Up to 6-feet tall indoors

3) Aglaonema (Atglaonema genus)

Aglaonema (Atglaonema genus)

The Aglaonema, also known as the Chinese Evergreen, has green leaves with pink patches, veins, or speckles. There are lots of different types of Alognema available, so you can choose from a variety of pink hues and patterns.

General Care:Easy, great for beginners
Light:Can handle dim light or bright, indirect light; the amount of light is flexible
Temperature & Humidity:50ºF to 80ºF with low to medium humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry; about every week during spring through early fall
Feeding:Fertilize monthly during the growing season with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grows up to 3-feet tall

4) Kalanchoe ‘Pink Butterflies’ (Kalanchoe x houghtonii)

Kalanchoe ‘Pink Butterflies’ (Kalanchoe x houghtonii)

‘Pink butterflies’ is a show-stopping succulent with hundreds of pink plantlets perched atop green leaves. While plantlets of other similar mother-of-thousand type plants can root to form new plants, the plantlets of ‘Pink Butterflies’ generally don’t form roots.

General Care:Medium due to environmental requirements
Light:Bright, direct light; these plants need lots of light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with low to medium humidity
Watering:Use a well-draining soil mix and water only when the top half of the soil is dry
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the growing season with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Slowly grow up to 12-inches tall

5) Pink Congo (Philodendron spp.)

Philodendron Pink Congo at Etsy
Credit: Etsy

The Pink Congo Philodendron was developed in an attempt to compete with the popular Pink Princess Philodendron. Its pink leaves are caused by the application of plant hormones, and the pink color will fade within a year.

General Care:Medium
Light:Medium to bright indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with low to medium
Watering:Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry; about once a week during the growing season
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the growing season with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grow 12 to 18-inches tall

6) Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora)

Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora)

This plant has a stunning trailing habit and gorgeous green, pink, and white stripes. It was first developed in the Netherlands by plant breeders, but this genus is native to Central and South America. This variety is also known as Fantasy Venice.

General Care:Easy, great for beginners
Light:Bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry; about once a week during the growing season and every few weeks other times of the year
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the growing season with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grows 4 to 6-inches tall with trailing stems up to 24-inches long

7) Earth Star (Crypatanthus spp.)

Earth Star (Crypatanthus spp.)

Earth Stars are a group of plants in the bromeliad family. They are low-growing and develop brightly-colored leaf rosettes. They come in all kinds of colors and patterns, so make sure to investigate what’s available!!

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright, indirect light; brighter light helps plants develop color
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry; water the soil rather than the plant
Feeding:Fertilize twice in the spring with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grow up to 2-feet wide and 6-inches tall

8) Calathea Triostar (Stromanthe thalia)

Calathea Triostar (Stromanthe thalia)

This relative of the prayer plants, Calathea Triostar has long green and white leaves with pink undersides. Their leaves fold up at night, like hands in prayer. While these plants are gorgeous, they are notoriously finicky to care for, so they’re not great plants for beginners.

General Care:Difficult
Light:Medium, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:65ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water with distilled water when the top 1 to 2-inches of soil is dry
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the spring and early summer with a quarter-strength houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Up to 24-inches tall and 18-inches wide

9) Anthurium Tickled Pink (Anthurium spp.)

Anthurium Tickled Pink (Anthurium spp.)

This anthurium variety has bright pink ‘flowers’ which are actually modified leaves and the classic waxy, green anthurium leaves. Each bloom lasts up to eight weeks, and these plants are rarely without flowers.

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright, indirect light’; more light equals more blooms
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water when the top quarter of soil is dry
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the growing season with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grow 12 to 18-inches tall and 12-inches wide

10) Snow White Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)

Snow White Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)

Also known as the purple waffle plant, this plant’s leaves have a wavy appearance and a metallic tint. If you notice your plant looks a bit faded, just move it to a location with more light.

General Care:Medium
Light:Bright, indirect light to ensure proper color development
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top 1 inch of soil is dry, about every 4 to 7 days during the growing season
Feeding:Fertilize every month during the growing season with a houseplant fertilizer
Growth:Grow 6 to 8-inches tall and up to 24-inches wide

11) Mosaic Plant (Ludwigia sedioides)

Mosaic Plant (Ludwigia sedioides)

If you are looking for a pink plant for your fish tank or aquatic garden, check out the mosaic plant. This aquatic plant has clusters of red, green, and pink leaves that float on the water’s surface.

General Care:Medium
Light:At least 8 hours of bright light
Temperature & Humidity:Water that is 72ºF to 80ºF
Watering:Water must have a pH of 6-8
Feeding:Add an aquatic plant fertilizer tab a few times during the summer
Growth:Spreads up to a foot each month with no limit on growth

12) Tri-Color Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea)

Tri-Color Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea)

The tri-color oyster plant, also known as Moses in the Cradle, has long cream and green leaves with purple undersides. It’s an easy plant to grow, so it’s great for beginners. 

General Care:Easy
Light:Medium to bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with low to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry
Feeding:Fertilize with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer every month during the summer
Growth:Up to a foot tall and foot wide

13) Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

These cute little plants hail from the island of Madagascar. They have pink leaves that are dotted with green, which is the inspiration behind their name.

General Care:Easy
Light:Low to medium, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:65ºF to 80ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top of soil is dry; they like constant moisture but dislike soggy soil
Feeding:Add a houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer
Growth:Up to 2-feet tall and 1-foot wide

14) Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ (Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi)

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ (Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi)

This tall succulent has green or lavender leaves with scalloped, pink edges. The more light this plant receives, the brighter its color.

General Care:Medium
Light:Bright direct or indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:50ºF to 80ºF with low to medium humidity
Watering:Water when the top quarter of soil is dry
Feeding:Add a houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer
Growth:Up to 2-feet tall and 2-feet wide

15) Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ (Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ × E. elegans)

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ (Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica' × E. elegans)

Like a lot of succulents, this variety turns pink or purple when it receives a large amount of light, and otherwise is bluish-gray. It was developed by German plant breeder Alfred Gräser.

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright direct or indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:50ºF to 80ºF with low to medium humidity
Watering:Water when the top half of soil is dry; can tolerate dry periods
Feeding:Add a succulent fertilizer every 2 months during the spring and summer
Growth:Up to 6-inches tall and wide

16) Pink Calla Lily Plant (Zantedeschia spp.)

Pink Calla Lily Plant (Zantedeschia spp.)

Calla lilies are known for their elegant, funnel-shaped blooms, which florists often use in bouquets. Due to their association with goddesses Hera and Venus, these flowers have a romantic appeal.

General Care:Medium
Light:Bright light or part shade
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top 2 inches of soil is dry
Feeding:Add a fertilizer for flowering plants in the spring
Growth:Grows 2-feet tall and wide

17) Coleus (Coleus spp.)

Coleus (Coleus spp.)

This group of plants has leaves of seemingly every color and pattern. They’re easy to grow indoors or outside. Plus, they are easy to propagate from stem cuttings.

General Care:Easy
Light:Medium, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:55ºF to 80ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry, don’t allow soil to dry
Feeding:Add a nitrogen-rich fertilizer once in the spring
Growth:Depends on variety, up to 3-feet tall

18) Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens)

Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens)

The Pink Princess is on many plant lover’s wish lists and for good reason. Its mature leaves are super dark green with deep pink patches. The pink splotches are a genetic variation, so not all P. erubescens are pink.

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 85ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry
Feeding:Add a diluted houseplant fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer
Growth:Quickly grows to 3 to 4-feet

19) Dracaena Marginata (Dracaena marginata)

Dracaena Marginata (Dracaena marginata)

While most of the dragon tree’s leaves are green, they have pinkish-red edges. These plants can grow over 20-feet tall in their native Madagascar, but they stay smaller indoors.

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:65ºF to 85ºF with medium to high humidity
Watering:Water when the top two inches of soil is dry
Feeding:Feed with a diluted houseplant fertilizer once a month during active growth
Growth:Grows up to 6-feet tall

20) Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)

While many begonias are grown for their flowers, the Rex begonia’s leaves are showy enough. There are many different cultivars with various leaf colors and patterns.

General Care:Easy
Light:Medium to bright indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with medium humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry
Feeding:Feed with a diluted houseplant fertilizer every month
Growth:Depends on the cultivar, up to 12-inches tall

21) Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)

This trailing cactus produces beautiful pink flowers, with the most blooms in winter. If you provide proper care, these plants can live for over 100 years!

General Care:Easy
Light:Medium to bright indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with medium humidity
Watering:Water thoroughly when the top 2 inches of soil is dry
Feeding:Feed with a diluted high-potassium, houseplant fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks
Growth:Leaves can trail over 2-feet

22) Aechmea Bromeliad (Aechmea spp.)

Aechmea Bromeliad (Aechmea spp.)

This group of bromeliads contains plants with pink flowers set inside a cup of spike-shaped leaves. In the wild, they grow in the rainforest canopy on top of tree branches.

General Care:Medium
Light:Medium indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water thoroughly when the top 2 inches of soil is dry
Feeding:Spray plant with a diluted houseplant fertilizer once a month
Growth:Slowly grows up to 2-feet tall and wide

23) Stromanthe sanguinea (Stromanthe sanguinea)

Stromanthe sanguinea (Stromanthe sanguinea)

This plant has gorgeous leaves with cream and green sections along with bright pink undersides. It is native to Brazil where it grows on the forest floor.

General Care:Difficult
Light:Bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry
Feeding:Feed with a diluted houseplant fertilizer once a month
Growth:Up to 3-feet tall and 2-feet wide

24) Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)

Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)

Like its name suggests, the Syngonium podophyllum plant has arrowhead-shaped leaves, which can be green, pink, or white. It’s a great plant for homes without a lot of light.

General Care:Easy
Light:Bright to low indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:65ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water when the top inch of soil is dry
Feeding:Feed with a houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer
Growth:Up to 18-inches tall

25) Nerve Plants (Fittonia spp.)

Nerve Plants (Fittonia spp.)

Nerve plants are a genus of plants with a low growing habit and striking vein pattern. They are also known as mosaic plants or net plants due to the beautiful pattern their veins create. If you let their soil dry out, they will dramatically wilt — but water will bring them back to life.

General Care:Easy as long as you remember to water
Light:Bright, indirect light
Temperature & Humidity:60ºF to 80ºF with high humidity
Watering:Water regularly and avoid dry soil; if you see wilting leaves, water immediately
Feeding:Feed every 2-4 weeks during the growing season with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer
Growth:6-inches tall and 12 to 18-inches wide

Add a Pink Plant

With so many pink houseplants to choose from, all you need to do is pick your favorite(s). Watch how changing the environmental conditions affects your plants’ coloring, and add more plants when you’re ready!


Pink Houseplants FAQ: 

Why do plants turn pink?

Pink leaves most commonly occur due to a pigment known as anthocyanin. This pigment absorbs light into the cell structure of the foliage causing various shades of the color pink to occur.

What plants have pink leaves?

There are numerous plants that showcase an array of vibrant pink colors in their foliage. Some of our favorite pink indoor houseplants include Arrowhead Plants, Aechmea Bromeliad, Rex Begonia, Pink Princess Philodendron, Pink Calla Lily Plant, Polka Dot Plant, Mosaic Plant, Anthurium Tickled Pink, Calathea Tristar, Tradescantia Nanouk, and Fittonia ‘Pink Forest Flame’, and also many types of succulents.

What is the meaning and symbolism of pink plants?

Many pink plants, especially those with pink flowers, are linked to happiness, romance, and good luck. Some people place pink plants in homes to bring in a sense of purity, positive energy, and brightness.

How much sunlight do pink houseplants need?

As a general rule, the majority of pink house plants prefer bright, indirect light conditions though certain types of plants (such as Mosaic plants) need greater exposure to direct light sources to truly thrive indoors.


Author

I’ve long been fascinated with the world of flowers, plants, and floral design. I come from a family of horticulturists and growers and spent much of my childhood in amongst the fields of flowering blooms and greenhouses filled with tropical plants, cacti, and succulents from all over the world. Today, my passion has led me to further explore the world of horticulture, botany, and floristry and I'm always excited to meet and collaborate with fellow enthusiasts and professionals from across the globe. I hold a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and have trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris.

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