7 Plants With Red Leaves: Add A Pop Of Color By Growing These Beauties


Some people color their rooms with paint, while others add color to the room with plants! Use these plants with red leaves to add a bright addition to any room. Check out these red leafed plants to add to your indoor garden!

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If you need some vacation vibes this winter, bromeliads are the perfect place to start. A pineapple relative, they’re tropical plants that flourish in humidity, making them ideal for bathrooms. Semi-ditch the long steamy shower guilt- it’s for the plants! This beautiful plant with red leaves is easy to care for as long as it isn’t left in direct sun, and it grows best in shallow pots.

There are, however, many different variations, so it pays to research the ideal conditions for your particular plant baby. While colorful, textured, and gorgeous, they do die after flowering, usually within a year or two. Luckily, you can remove the pup and replant it over and over again!


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Also known as the Flamingo flower, anthuriums have waxy, heart-shaped dark green and bright red leaves with a yellow spadix. If taken care of properly, they will bloom all year long. Originally found in the South American rainforest, they love humidity and warmth. The top couple inches of the soil should be dry before you water again, or you run the risk of root rot, like with many other plants. Watering once or twice a week should be sufficient. As with many house plants, indirect sunlight is best. If the plant have many flowers, it may be in too dark of a spot.

Beware, these are toxic to pets!

Red Veined Nerve Plants

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What sets this plant apart is the bold and intricate red veins on medium-sized green leaves. It’s low-growing and will only reach about 3-6 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. Nerve plants are beautiful in hanging baskets or pots, and their contrasting colors will bring a much-needed pop of color. They love humid environments and misting will keep them properly moist (not soggy).

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For best growth, don’t leave this red leafed plant in direct sunlight, and use acidic soil.

Ti Plant

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The ti plant has large and luscious burgundy leaves that will immediately draw the eye. There are also pink, brown, purple, orange, and green varieties. The leaves are pink when they first shoot up, and grow in a tiered rosette, making them exotically beautiful, often being striped of various colors. Bright but indirect sunlight is ideal, and be sure not to overwater, letting the soil dry in between. These tropical plants are native to Hawaii and do best when watered with bottled or filtered water because tap water with fluoride can cause the red leaves to turn brown.


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Also called painted nettle, coleus plants come in a range of shades, including red, magenta, pink, green, and yellow. There are many different varieties and they can be grown indoors or outdoors, although they do not like cold temperatures. While it can be hard to find beautiful plants that will thrive in a shady room or yard, this red leaf plant is certainly an exception to the rule.

Coleus is not only fast-growing, but it’s known as one of the easiest plants to grow. They like to be kept fairly moist. and faded leaves are a sign that they’re getting too much sun. The spiked flowers that bloom in the summer can be pinched off when done.


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Often associated with Christmas, this may be the first one that comes to mind when you think of plants with red leaves. They are beautiful year-round, provided you give them a little special care. Poinsettias need warmth and a lot of bright, indirect sunlight, and will do best on a sunny windowsill. They don’t like a lot of water, and yellow leaves mean they’re getting too much.

Around November, poinsettias will need to be forced to flower. The plant will need 12 hours of complete darkness a day, and sunlight for the other half. This will help them to flower properly in time for Christmas. They are mildly toxic, so you’ll want to make sure your pets don’t snack on them.


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Want to get a plant for the home or office, but aren’t sure where to start? This Chinese evergreen is easy to grow, even for gardening novices. The leaves are dark green with vibrant red edges or inner and will be sure to brighten up your space. They also look beautiful as a holiday decoration alongside your classic poinsettia. Not only is it easy to keep alive, but this houseplant is also long-lasting and can live for years. It can handle some direct sun but will have the best color when left in indirect sunlight.

Water without saturating the soil, and only water when the soil is dry. Aglaonema can even handle a few weeks without water, and it typically doesn’t require any pruning, making it easy as can be!

These are just some beautiful plants with red leaves! Looking for other color plants to grow in a room? Read about colorful, white, or purple plants to add some vibrancy to your indoor garden!

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