Purple Beauties: Houseplants that Bring Color to Your Home

Houseplants are a wonderful way to bring life and vibrancy into your home, and what better way to do so than with purple-leaved beauties? Purple is a color that isn’t frequently found in nature, but when it does appear, it creates a stunning and eye-catching display. Whether it’s deep shades of purple, variegated leaves alternating between purple and green, or subtle hints of purple on your plant, we’ve got you covered with this catalog of purple houseplants that will liven up your home’s decor.

1) Rose-Painted Calathea ‘Dottie’

rose-painted calathea plant with purple leaves and pink marking growing in a small pot

Native to Brazil, this prayer plant has broad, dark green leaves with vibrant pink centers and rich purple undersides that become more visible at night. The Calathea ‘Dottie’ prefers bright but indirect sunlight and needs constant moisture without saturated soil.

2) Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’

waxy purply-blue leaves from an echeveria

With its small fleshy leaves and delicate purple tones, the ‘Purple Pearl’ Echeveria is a treat to behold. It prefers full sun and can’t handle colder temperatures. In full summer sun, the colors will darken substantially, while in winter, it will become greener. It’s a compact houseplant that adds a breathtaking touch to your collection.

3) Oxalis ‘Iron Cross’

many clover-like green oxalis leaves that are stained with purple at their centers

The Oxalis ‘Iron Cross’ features four-leaved clover-like foliage with dark purple triangles at their centers, resembling the Iron Cross. It can adapt to most soil types and thrives in both full sun and shade. This easy-to-care-for plant will add a touch of elegance to any space.

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4) Moses In The Cradle

purple, green, and white foliage from a tradescantia spathacea growing indoors

The Moses In The Cradle plant is characterized by its lengthy lance-shaped leaves, blending green, red, and purple in a mesmerizing mix. It rarely exceeds 30cm in height and prefers stronger sunlight and stable temperatures. This versatile plant can flower at any time of the year, adding beauty to your indoor display.

5) Painted Nettle

painted nettle houseplant with variegated leaves growing in a white container on a patio

Painted nettles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but it’s their foliage that steals the show. The velvety leaves are lovely to touch, and the range of variegated colors and patterns make them a delight to behold. They thrive in direct sunlight, and proper watering and pruning will keep them healthy and happy.

6) Persian Shield

shiny leaves from a Persian shield plant with deep green and silver veining and edges

The Persian Shield plant is known for its purplish iridescent foliage. Although its leaves may resemble arrowheads more than shields, they add a unique touch to any space. The plant requires plenty of sunshine, warmth, and water to maintain its vibrancy and vitality.

7) Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’


The ‘Purple Emperor’ Sedum belongs to the stonecrop family and features dark purple, almost black leaves with tall stems and clusters of bright pink flowers. These plants thrive in sandy or rocky soil and require less frequent watering once established.

8) Purple-Heart Spiderwort

purple-heart spiderwort with thin purple leaves and tiny pink flowers

The Purple-Heart Spiderwort has deep burgundy stems and slender, cupped leaves. While it produces clusters of attractive flowers, it’s the foliage that steals the show. This drought-tolerant plant is low-maintenance and looks beautiful cascading over the rim of a hanging basket.

9) Velvet Plant ‘Purple Passion’

foliage of a velvet plant

The Velvet Plant ‘Purple Passion’ adds an understated touch of purple to any home. Its stems and leaf undersides are a deep dark purple, while its bright green foliage is fringed with a purplish tinge. This easy-to-care-for vine plant is ideal for both novice and busy houseplant enthusiasts.

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10) Purple Shamrock

potted purple shamrock houseplant with triangular purple leaves and bright pink flowers

The Purple Shamrock is an exquisite perennial with triangular leaves that are almost black in color. Its dark tones are perfectly complemented by white or lavender blooms that can appear throughout the year. This plant adds a dramatic touch to your indoor space.

11) Painted-Leaf Begonia

purple, green, red, and white variegation on the leaves of a begonia rex houseplant

Rex Begonia, particularly the Painted-Leaf Begonia variety, boasts stunning oversized leaves in shades of purple, red, and silver. It’s advisable to focus on caring for its foliage by providing porous compost, shallow pots, regular fertilization, and constant moisture.

12) Split Rock ‘Royal Flush’

Pleiospilos nelii

The Split Rock ‘Royal Flush’ plant, also known as Pleiospilos nelii, features foliage resembling two sides of a small pebble that reveals new leaves each year. It produces daisy-like flowers in early spring, adding pink, yellow, and white colors to its purplish palette. This succulent thrives in well-drained soil, ample sun, and sparse watering.

13) Tiger Stripes

green and purple leaves of a tiger stripes houseplant growing in a container full of white pebbles

The Tiger Stripes plant is a succulent with large oval-shaped leaves adorned with purple tiger stripes. It enjoys purple-green blossoms in summer but is mainly prized for its impressive foliage. This kalanchoe requires at least six hours of sunlight per day and constant warmth.

14) Jaw Plant

jaw plants with striped leaves

The Jaw Plant, also known as Tradescantia fluminensis, is a fast-growing trailing houseplant with zebra-like leaves cascading over the sides of its container. Pruning is necessary to keep it in check as it can exceed 80cm in height. It adds a touch of elegance to any indoor space.

These purple beauties are sure to add a pop of color and visual interest to your home. Whether you prefer a dramatic display or a more understated touch of purple, there’s a houseplant on this list that will suit your preferences. So go ahead and bring the beauty of purple indoors with these stunning plants.

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