20 Popular Types of Purple Houseplants

Houseplants add life, light, and warmth to interior design. If you’re looking to elevate the visual interest of your indoor plant collection, why not shift from pure-green to purple house plants? Here you’ll find 20 of our favorite purple house plants that will thrive in a range of living environments. 

1. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

The prayer plant gets its common name from its diurnal rhythm that results in its leaves lying flat during the day and folding upright at night, as if in prayer for evening vespers.

2. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina)

Also commonly called the inch plant or spiderwort, the wandering Jew features striped leaves with new growth in a deep-purple hue and older growth in deep green.

3. Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)

Sometimes called fancy-leaf begonias or painted-leaf begonias, Rex Begonia plants are widely recognized for their highly ornamental foliage which features interesting patterns of intertwining fuchsia, silver, eggplant, red, and deep green.

4. Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema)

Chinese evergreens are thought to bring luck and have been cultivated for centuries in Asia for this reason. They’re a lovely indoor plant with beautifully marked foliage and perennial blossoms in mature plants.

5. Calatheas (Calathea)

Calathea is a genus containing dozens of species of leafy green plants. These plants are usually referred to as calatheas and sometimes they’re called prayer-plants, like their close cousins Maranta leuconeura.

6. Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Commonly called the false shamrock or purple shamrock, Oxalis triangularis is actually native to South America – not Ireland – although they are popularly sold around Saint Patrick’s Day.

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