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Best Pink Houseplants and Perennials For Your Space

We'll cover the most popular pink houseplants and perennial to add a pop of pink color to any space.

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Best Pink Houseplants and Perennials For Your Space

When you think of houseplants, you are probably thinking of deep green foliage adding a streak of greenery to any space. However, pink houseplants can make for a wonderful home decor accent and add a pop of fun to any space, indoors or outdoors.
One of the most sought-after flower colors is pink - from beautiful pink roses and outdoor perennials to colorful houseplants and succulents if you’re growing indoors. Outside of red plants, pink plants are the second most common type of flower blooms that exist in nature.
Below, we’ll cover some of the best indoor plants and outdoor perennials that will add spruce pink color to your oasis.

Calathea and Prayer Plants

Calatheas are part of the Marantaceae family with nearly 300 species of plants. Calatheas can be confused with Prayer plants which are also part of the same family, but are completely different species. Calatheas thrive best in warm and humid environments and are hardy through USDA zones 8 to 12. They are also grown for their beautiful foliage. Varieties like Calathea Ornata grow deep green leaves with beautiful, hot pink veins making them an exotic houseplant choice.
They can be finicky to care for so we don’t recommend Calatheas for beginners. They prefer consistently moist soil and a humid environment. They will thrive in at least 6-8 hours of bright, indirect light. However, avoid direct sunlight which can burn their foliage.
Calatheas are a great option to grow in greenhouses or terrariums.
Fortunately, Calatheas are not toxic to pets!


Aglaonemas, also commonly known as Chinese Evergreens, provide a great option for both indoor and outdoor spaces. These trending houseplants are primarily grown for their variegated foliage with cultivars that produce leaves with varied colors - from dark green to silver, red, and shades of pink.
Aglaonemas are slow-growing and easy-care foliage plants that have one simple rule: the more variegation, the more light! They prefer to grow in partial shade areas, although the more variegated varieties will require brighter light. They are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil and prefer consistently moist soil conditions. Be careful if you have furry friends because Aglaonemas are toxic to pets.

Rubber Plants

Rubber Tree plants, scientifically known as Ficus elastica are epiphytic trees that can grow up to 50 feet tall in the wild! Don’t worry, they’ll only grow up to 5-10 feet when grown indoors. Rubber plants, similar to Aglaonemas, will produce foliage in various colors from deep burgundy, nearly black color to variegated pink, creamy white, and green foliage.
They thrive best in bright, indirect light and prefer to be watered roughly once a week allowing topsoil to dry in between waterings. Always plant rubber plants in well-drained, organic reach soil supplemented with perlite, pumice, or other gritty substances. Avoid direct sunlight as it can burn the foliage of these houseplants.
According to NASA, Rubber plants are also known as air purifiers removing toxins from your space.


Caladiums have become one of the most popular foliage plants to grow indoors and outdoors. Caladiums were primarily grown outdoors as part of the landscape or border plants for gardens, but they have recently gained popularity as indoor houseplants. They make for great foliage plants for shady or partial shade gardens with new varieties being tolerant of full sun.
Caladiums are great options for low-light indoor spaces. They produce colorful variegated foliage typically with mixed green leaves and pink. Some varieties like XYZ produce fully pink leaves.
Caladiums are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9, 10, and 11 or annually as a houseplant.
Like Aglaonemas, Caladiums are also toxic to pets.

Stromanthe Triostars

Stromanthe triostar, scientifically known as Stromanthe sanguinea, rewards its owner with bold, fully variegated foliage with impressive pink hues. Most commonly grown indoors, it can also be grown outdoors in warm and humid climates.
This tropical plant is also grown for its foliage versus the blooms. They thrive best in partial sun, and partial shade so placing them near East-facing or West-facing windows will work best. You’ll want to keep their soil consistently moist watering them once or twice a week during their growing season.

Polka Dot Plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Another popular indoor plant grown for its brightly variegated foliage, the Polka Dot plant features green foliage with splashes of pink color throughout the leaves. Some varieties offer red or white splashes to offer more contrast against the dark green base. Polka dot plants are low-maintenance plants and thrive in warm climates when grown outdoors.
Similar to other indoor plants, the Polka dot plant prefers bright indirect light for 4-6 hours every day. Plant in well-draining, houseplant potting mix and keep their soil consistently moist.
Unlike other plants on this list, the Polka dot plant is not toxic to pets!


Tradescantia is a genus of 85 species of perennial wildflowers native to the Americas. They are commonly known as wandering inch plants, dayflower, and spiderwort. They are also primarily grown for their variegated foliage that mixes green and creamy to fuchsia pink colors.
Given their trailing growth habit, tradescantia is a great option for hanging baskets indoors or outdoors in a patio space. They love bright light and consistently moist, but well-draining soil.
Outdoors, these plants are hardy from zone 4b to 12a depending on the cultivar you are growing. Similar to Anthuriums, Tradescantia can be toxic to pets and humans.


Anthuriums, commonly known as Flamingo flowers, are a genus of nearly 1000 perennial tropical plants native to the jungles of Central and South America. They’ve recently become popular houseplants due to their heart-shaped flowers that come in vibrant colors from pink, to fuchsia, to red.
These flowering plants thrive best in well-drained soil and with exposure to bright light. You’ll want to place them near East or West facing windows similar to Stromanthe Triostar. They’ll live up to 5 years when grown indoors with proper care. They are also toxic to humans and pets.


Begonias are commonly grown as outdoor plants lining the edges of walkways or gardens. They come in a variety of colors and are grown for their variegated foliage. Although Begonias do bloom, at times with pink flowers, they are primarily grown for their foliage indoors.
Recently, they’ve become popular houseplants because of their low-maintenance nature. Depending on the variety you’re growing, some begonias prefer full sun and some partial shade. Wax begonias tend to grow in a mounded habit and bloom with double flowers in shades of pink, red and white. Begonias are also another great option for hanging baskets.
Unfortunately, Begonias are poisonous to pets.

Syngoniums (Arrowhead Plant)

If you want a fast-growing houseplant, look no further than the Arrowhead plant. Like the Polka dot plant and Begonias, Syngoniums are grown for their colorful foliage ranging from variegated green and creamy white to full-blown pink leaves. Syngoniums offer flexibility and can be trained to grow up a stake, trellis, or moss pole!
Syngoniums are forgiving when it comes to light. Those that have more vibrant colors, such as pink leaves, prefer bright indirect light. Care for Syngoniums is straightforward. You’ll want to allow the topsoil to dry in between waterings and plant your Syngoniums in well-drained soil.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance addition, Syngoniums are perfect and fast growers.

Nerve Plants (Fittonia albivenis)

Never plants are evergreen perennials that grow veined, deep green ovate leaves. Their main attraction comes from their foliage with some varieties offering pink veins against a deep green foliage base. They are fairly compact plants growing up to 12-18 inches in spread.
They thrive best in bright, direct light and are planted in well-drained, organic-rich topsoil soil. Allow top soil to dry in between waterings, and you should be good to go!


A classic houseplant grown in millions of homes across the world, Orchids are a golden child of indoor plants. There are thousands of cultivars and varieties with the most common being the Pho or Moth orchids. Phalaenopsis orchids prefer to grow in well-drained orchid bark mixture or peat moss. They need extremely well-draining soil combined with at least 4-6 hours of bright, indirect light.
You can read our in-depth orchid care guide for more information.
Although Orchids are most commonly grown for their flowers, Jewel Orchids are grown for their velvety and variegated foliage.

Philodendron Pink Princess

In the world of indoor plants, there aren’t many options for those who prefer something a little bit more whimsical unless you count the peace lily or fiddle-leaf fig as cute and quirky. But if you’re looking for something that is at once elegant and different from most other houseplants, then the pink princess philodendron (Philodendron erubescens ‘pink princess’) might be just what you need.
The deep, dark green leaves with bright pink variegation is what give this vining plant its unique appeal. Our in-depth Philodendron Pink Princess care guide will explain everything you need to know about growing a pink princess philodendron indoors and out, including light, water, temperature, and humidity requirements.
Colorful pink houseplants can make a great addition to your indoor garden. Beyond more foliage plants we’ve listed here, there are plenty of succulents that carry pink hues such as echeverias and hoya tricolor or cacti that produce hot pink blooms.

Common FAQs on Pink Plants

What kind of plants have pink leaves?
There are many popular houseplants that have pink leaves including the Pink Princess Philodendron, Pink Syngoniums, Caladiums, Tradescantia, Never Plants, and more.
Are there trees with pink leaves?
Yes! Trees like Dogwoods will have a combination of white and pink foliage. Japanese maple trees can also provide bold hues ranging from maroon pink to bright red and orange.
Why are plants pink?
Pink hues (purples, red, and blacks) are all caused by anthocyanins, a group of plant pigments that add a cool shade. Anthocyanins are what make blueberries blue!
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