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Indoor Plants with Red Leaves: 50+ Options to Create a Showstopping Garden

Red is a vibrant and bold color that can really bring some excitement to your indoor garden. It’s often associated with love, passion, and power and is seen as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune in many cultures. Plus, red is often used in decorations and clothing during special occasions and celebrations.

And because there are so many plants with red leaves available, ranging from deep burgundy to bright scarlet, we decided to showcase some of the most stunning and eye-catching ones. They’re perfect for adding some color and personality to your indoor space, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out.

So if you’re interested in adding some red-hues to your collection, this list is a great place to start. And don’t forget to check out our previous articles on plants with pink leaves and plants with black leaves for even more plant inspiration. 

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of these red beauties!

1. Aglaonema ‘Red Anjamani’

‘Red Anjamani’ is simply stunning! The bold red leaves with thin green margins and faint green veins are such a visually striking combination. But this plant isn’t just a pretty face, it’s also quite resilient and it can thrive in both moist and dry conditions, being happy even in low light. Its lance-shaped leaves make it a compact and stylish choice for any indoor space.

Other Aglaonema varieties with red foliage include:

  • Aglaonema ‘Siam Red’ → Pink stems and leaves with warm, rich red coloring, sometimes featuring red midribs and edges.
  • Aglaonema ‘Red Gold’ → This hybrid cultivar’s leaves are rimmed in red and speckled with green and yellow shades. The stems of the plant are also a lovely shade of pink. 
  • Aglaonema ‘Red Emerald’ → Dark green foliage variegated with golden-amber speckles and electric-red veins.
  • Aglaonema ‘Red Lipstick’ → Its glossy dark green leaves have striking red and pink edges, giving the plant a bright and lively appearance. The bright red borderlines on the deep green leaves also resemble lipstick, hence the plant’s name.

And if you’re interested in learning more about these beautiful plants, be sure to check out our article on Aglaonema varieties for more ideas and inspiration.

2. Fittonia ‘Red Star’

‘Red Star’ is a playful and colorful plant that is sure to bring a smile to your face! With its small, wavy leaves, this cultivar is a standout in any collection. The leaves are a striking shade of pink to red, with green margins and spots scattered throughout. And unlike its cousin, Fittonia ‘Pink Star’, ‘Red Star’ has even more vibrant leaves that are sure to catch the eye.

Not only is Fittonia ‘Red Star’ a feast for the eyes, but it’s also a compact and low-maintenance plant. It grows well in containers and is easy to care for, making it a great choice for plant newbies and seasoned green thumbs alike.

Other Fittonia varieties with red foliage include:

  • Fittonia ‘Forest Flame’ → Vibrant, variegated leaves, which feature bold red-pink veins that stand out against a green background.
  • Fittonia ‘Ruby Red’ → Bold, red veins that stand out against a dark green background. This plant’s foliage resembles lava flowing through a forest. 
  • Fittonia ‘Red Vein’ → A small but mighty plant that is sure to add some color and personality to your home! This cultivar is known for its small leaves, which are veined in a dark reddish pink that really pops against the green background.
  • Fittonia ‘Red Anne’ → Features a dense network of red veins against a green background. The combination of the red veins and the velvety texture of the leaves make this plant a true standout.
  • Fittonia ‘Skeleton’ → Comes with an attractive pattern of red-pink veins on lime green leaves. 

3. Codiaeum variegatum ‘Nervia’

This stunning little guy has foliage that is absolutely bursting with color.

The main color of the leaves is a deep, rich red, but you’ll also find hints of bronze and orange scattered throughout. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the new growth on this plant is a vibrant yellowish green!

But it’s not just the foliage that makes this Croton plant such a standout. It’s also a great choice for those with limited space, as it’s perfect for balconies or sunrooms.

Other Croton varieties with red foliage include:

  • Codiaeum variegatum ‘Mother and Daughter’ → Its leaves are a beautiful green color, with striking yellow and red markings. The mid rib of the leaf even extends beyond the leaf’s tip, forming a second “leaflet”, hence its name. 
  • Codiaeum variegatum ‘Petra’ → A rainbow just exploded on this plant’s foliage! Shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, and even light and dark greens all on one plant. 
  • Codiaeum variegatum ‘Mammy’ → Bright yellow, red, green, purple, and brown leaves that have a twisting corkscrew growth habit.
  • Codiaeum variegatum ‘Magnificent’ → Green and yellow variegated oval-pointed leaves spattered in brilliant shades of red, orange, pink and sometimes bronze or purple.

4. Philodendron Erubescens ‘Imperial Red’

This Philodendron is a fairly recent hybrid, but it’s already making waves with its stunning foliage. Its new leaves are usually red colored and develop into dark red-purple and eventually dark green. It’s like a changing of the seasons, right inside your own home!

However, similar to most plants on this list, the intensity of the leaves coloring may vary depending on the lighting.

Other Philodendron varieties with red foliage include:

  • Philodendron ‘Sun Red’ → A highly decorative variety that changes color as it grows. The new leaves emerge as bright red, fading into burgundy and eventually maturing to green.
  • Philodendron ‘Red Congo’ → Comes with light burgundy red or darker orange new leaves, but as the plant matures and is exposed to more light, they turn a rich, classic deep green. However, even with green leaves, the bright red stems still provide a beautiful contrast.
  • Philodendron ‘Red King’ → Emerging leaves are a bright red, maturing to a burgundy red-purple and ultimately dark, glossy green. They may also display shades of pink, yellow, and orange. 

5. Echeveria agavoides ‘Romeo Rubin’

If you’re on the hunt for a plant that will add a fiery spark succulent garden, look no further than Echeveria agavoides ‘Romeo Rubin’! This little succulent is known for its rosette-shaped leaves that are dark purple in color, but can sometimes appear red in the right lighting conditions, particularly in the winter and early spring when the color is at its most intense.

Other Echeveria varieties with red foliage include:

  • Echeveria pulvinata ‘Red Velvet’ → The thick, chubby red-tinted leaves and sizzling red blooms give this succulent a unique look. 
  • Echeveria ‘Red Ruffle’ → Long, narrow leaves that have a ruffled or frilled edge, typically green or grey in color. They may have reddish or pinkish tones when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Echeveria ‘Red Sails’ → The leaves are a beautiful pale green color edged with pink or red tones.

6. Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Confetti Red’

This Polka Dot cultivar is known for its dark-green leaves that are splashed with red spots. The sparse distribution of the colors is what really makes this plant stand out – it’s like a work of art! Plus, this cultivar is smaller than most varieties, making it perfect for smaller spaces or as a focal point in a larger garden.

Other Polka Dot varieties with red foliage include:

  • Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Red Splash’ – Red colored leaves that remain consistent throughout the year, with dark green spots that create a nice contrast. 

7. Begonia rex ‘Inca Flame’

Begonia rex ‘Inca Flame’ is an absolute showstopper! Those flame red, heart-shaped leaves are absolutely mesmerizing to look at. And the shimmering effect only adds to the plant’s stunning appearance. It’s the perfect pick for anyone looking to add some flair to their home. So go ahead and give this tropical beauty a place of honor in your living space. We’re sure it will be the envy of all your plant-loving friends!

Other Begonia varieties with red foliage include:

  • Begonia rex ‘Inca Night’ → Seductively dark red, heart-shaped foliage. Each leaf is edged in jet black, adding to the plant’s unique appearance.
  • Begonia rex ‘Royal Red Flash’ → Comes with leaves that have a bold red center and stunning green and silver outline. 
  • Begonia ‘Autumn Ember’ → An absolute riot of color! Bright orange new leaves and striking color variations ranging from yellowish green to garnet red. And that’s not all, as the undersides of its leaves are an intense red color. 
  • Begonia ‘Chicago Fire’ → Deep red variegation with an almost black center and edge surrounding it. A perfect fit for a gothic indoor garden! 
  • Begonia ‘Red Bull’ → With wavy margins, bright metallic red leaves and striking dark areas at the point of petiole attachment, this Begonia is on fire! 
  • Begonia ‘Revelation Maroon’ → A bushy variety with deep rose-red leaves and dark olive green veins. 

8. Caladium ‘Florida Red Ruffles’

This Caladium is another sight to behold! Its bright red leaves are the star of the show, with their glossy finish and dark-green wavy edges adding to their charm. And there’s more, since the undersides of the leaves are also colored in a softer shade of pink or pale red.

Other Caladium varieties with red foliage include:

  • Caladium ‘Raspberry Moon’ → Light green to yellow background, with blotches of dark green and raspberry pink to red covering most of the leaf.
  • Caladium ‘Burning Heart’ → An unexpected color for a caladium. Bronze-red leaves with pink to orange spots give this plant a unique and stunning look. 
  • Caladium ‘Gingerland’ → Creamy white leaves with red splotches and lined with light green. 
  • Caladium ‘Red Flash’ → Dark green leaves with red centers and veins, also featuring “drops” of pink on the leaves
  • Caladium ‘Red Frill’ → Dramatic deep red leaves with a dark green border.
  • Caladium ‘White Queen’ → Frosted-looking white leaves with green margins and bright red veins that look like they are bleeding. 

9. Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’

Distinctive rippled leaves, almost corrugated texture and rich reddish-purple leaves with undersides that may appear deeper in color. In bright light, this plant may have a metallic or sparkly appearance.

‘Schumi Red’ is known for its compact mound of succulent foliage, and it may display a range of colors including purple-black, red-burgundy, and lighter shades of purple.

Other Peperomia varieties with red foliage include:

  • Peperomia caperata ‘Eden Rosso’ → One of the most popular peperomia cultivars out there, this one comes with eye-catching green colored foliage with deep red undersides.
  • Peperomia graveolens ‘Ruby Glow’ → Red stems and thick, green fleshy leaves shaped like a fat canoe. Each leaf has wine red undersides and a transparent window on top that allows for photosynthesis.
  • Peperomia caperata ‘Quito’ → The leaves of this plant are light golden orange-red in color, and have prominent, sunken veins. When grown in partial sun or bright, indoor light, the foliage of ‘Quito’ becomes more vibrant, displaying orange, pink, and bronze tones.
  • Peperomia Caperata ‘Red Luna’ →  A bold plant that will make a style statement with its deep purple and burgundy, furrowed heart-shaped leaves. 
  • Peperomia caperata ‘Emerald Red Ripple’ → This plant features wrinkled, heart-shaped leaves with a metallic sheen that adds to its visual appeal. The leaves are generally a wine red and can feature hues of silver or dark green.

10. Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia)

Poinsettias are the definition of festive plants. They have dark green leaves that are a nice contrast to their bright red bracts (modified leaves). The bracts are what really make this plant stand out, with their vibrant red color that’s perfect for the holiday season. 

Other Poinsettia varieties with red foliage include:

  • Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Prestige Maroon’ →  Beautiful and rich shade of dark red to maroon, this cultivar is a great choice for anyone looking to add a bold and rich color to their holiday decorations.
  • Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Princettia Red’ → Bright red bracts with a hot pink undertone provide a bold and colorful contrast against the dark green leaves.
  • Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Solar Red’ → This variety comes with mature bracts that are a bright scarlet hue, while younger bracts are a darker red. 
  • Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Viking Red’ →  Large, crimson-colored bracts with smooth and rounded margins, this variety is also known for being hot and cold tolerant. 

11. Plectranthus scutellarioides ColorBlaze® Rediculous® (Coleus)

Coleus is a beautiful and versatile plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. The red foliage of this cultivar is striking and adds a bold pop of color to any setting. The well-branched plant has large, oval-shaped leaves with a glossy texture. Coleus is also a sun to shade tolerant plant, which makes it a great choice for a wide range of settings. 

Other Coleus varieties with red foliage include:

  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Campfire’ → Ovate, velvety, toothed leaves that are a beautiful shade of orange-red to bronze-red. These leaves are often flushed with purple when they are young.
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Kong Red’ → Large, light green leaves that are uniquely patterned with red midribs and burgundy red veins.

12. Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’

‘Campfire’ is a beautiful and unique plant with flame-like leaves that provide a splash of color to any garden. Its leaves are initially a pale green color, but as they are exposed to sunlight, they gradually change to shades of pink and eventually bright red. This color transformation is a sight to behold, and the plant’s vibrant hues of pinkish-red are truly impressive. 

Other Crassula varieties with red foliage include:

  • Crassula capitella ‘Red Pagoda’ →  Unique greenish-yellow leaves with vibrant red tips, stacked in a way that resembles pagodas, which likely inspired its name. 

13. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Flapjacks)

This Kalanchoe’s leaves are shaped like pancakes (hence the nickname “flapjacks”) and stacked up in a rosette pattern that helps protect the leaf surfaces from too much sun exposure. However, when the plant gets enough sun, the exposed leaf margins will turn a beautiful shade of red. 

And, as if that wasn’t enough, once the plant matures, it can produce pretty yellow flowers in the spring and the leaves may take on a striking red tinge around the edges in the winter. It’s no wonder this plant is sometimes called the “red pancake”!

Other Kalanchoe varieties with red foliage include:

  • Kalanchoe ‘Humilis’ → Pale green colored leaves stripped with burgundy to purple lines. 
  • Kalanchoe ‘Dragonfire’ → Bright green coloured with a light tint of yellow leaves and red margins that develop a more intense coloration under bright sunlight or in cooler climates. 

14. Dracaena Marginata ‘Red-Edge’

Dracaena is a pretty cool plant that comes with long, thin leaves that are beautifully arching. When it comes to colors, we’ve got bright, lush green leaves with a bold, dark red edge. It’s really a unique and eye-catching combination.

In addition to that,  it’s also a low-maintanance plant and won’t require a lot of attention.

15. Tillandsia ionantha ‘Fuego’

‘Fuego’ is a small, compact air plant with bright red or orange leaves that are thin and delicate. The plant also produces small, purple flowers that bloom on tall, thin stalks, and it is known for its vibrant color and unique appearance. 

Other air plant varieties with red foliage include:

  • Tillandsia brachycaulos → The leaves are typically green in color, although some varieties may have a reddish or purple tint.

16. Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

The Japanese Maple is a beautiful tree that is loved for its stunning foliage. In spring, its new leaves appear in shades of yellow, orange, and bright red, depending on the variety. The tree is also known for its gorgeous autumn colors, which range from yellow and orange to red.

However, caring for this one might prove a difficult task for a beginner gardener.

Conclusion 

Overall, indoor plants with red foliage can make a strong visual statement in any space. They come in a range of sizes and shapes, allowing you to choose the one that best fits your decor and plant arrangement preferences. 

Whether you prefer a bold and showy plant or something more subtle and understated, you can find a red foliage plant that meets your needs. Additionally, caring for these plants can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. With the right amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients, your red foliage plant will thrive and bring a splash of color and life to your home.

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