8 Longest-Blooming Houseplants – Add Color During the Winter Months

Houseplants can transform an indoor space, making it vibrant and refreshing, especially during the drab winter months.

When the world outside is cold and bare, the colorful blooms of certain indoor plants can offer a warm respite.

Let’s dive into some of the longest-blooming winter indoor houseplants that can light up your living spaces.

1. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)

Potting a Christmas Cactus

Origin: Native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil.

Appearance: Segment-like stems with flat, leaf-like pads and tubular flowers that vary from white and pink to red.

Care: Prefers indirect light and well-draining soil. Let the top inch of soil dry out between watering. A cooler temperature in the fall can initiate blooming.

2. African Violet (Saintpaulia)

african violet plant

Origin: Native to Tanzania and southeastern Kenya.

Appearance: Small, velvety leaves with flowers in various shades – white, pink, blue, and purple.

Care: They prefer bright, indirect light. Keep the soil moderately moist and use room-temperature water. Be careful not to wet the leaves as this can cause spotting.

3. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Origin: Madagascar.

Appearance: Fleshy leaves with clusters of small, star-like flowers in colors like red, pink, yellow, and white.

Care: Prefers bright light. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowering.

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Origin: Tropical Americas and southeastern Asia. Appearance: Glossy green leaves with unique white spathes that surround a yellow or white spadix.

Care: They thrive in low to medium light. Water moderately, allowing the top of the soil to dry between watering. Yellow leaves can be a sign of over-watering.

5. Orchids (e.g., Phalaenopsis)

Origin: Worldwide, especially in tropical regions.

Appearance: Exotic flowers in various colors and patterns.

Care: Orchids require a special orchid mix for soil and indirect light. Watering needs depend on the species, but many prefer letting the roots almost dry out between watering.

6. Cyclamen

Origin: Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Appearance: Heart-shaped leaves with upside-down flowers in pink, white, red, or purple.

Care: Prefers cool temperatures and indirect light. Water from the bottom to avoid rotting the tuber.

7. Begonia (especially Rieger begonias)

Origin: Tropical and subtropical regions.

Appearance: Lush leaves with flowers in shades of pink, white, orange, or red.

Care: They love bright, indirect light. Soil should be kept moist but not soggy. High humidity is appreciated.

8. Anthurium


Origin: Central and South America. Appearance: Glossy green leaves with striking spathes in red, pink, white, or purple, surrounding a spadix.

Care: Bright, indirect light is ideal. Keep the soil slightly moist and ensure high humidity for best results.