12 Exotic House Plants To Grow at Home

These exotic plants will brighten any corner of your property and with the right care, will last for a long time.

Even though many of them originated in countries on the other side of the world, they can grow successfully at your home with the right care.

Gardening author Sarah Raven recommends "to water and feed plants well in summer and deadhead to encourage a second flush of flowers. Lift the plants and pot them up inside before the frost, cutting the top growth back by one third as you do so."

Check out these 12 options of exotic house plants to grow at home.

Pelargonium 'Dark Secret'

Pelargonium 'dark secret'
Photography © Jonathan Buckley/Image courtesy of Sarah Raven

Pelargonium "dark secret" features large flowers in a dark, rich purple colour.

This vibrant looking plant can be grown in a pot on a sunny balcony, but must be kept indoors during winter in a non-draughty spot of the house.

Brugmansia Suaveolens 'Weinstrasse' (Angel's trumpet)

Brugmansia Suaveolensa
The Angel’s trumpet plants are relatively easy to care for. The Spruce says that "you can either purchase nursery plants in the spring or start seeds indoors roughly seven weeks before your area’s projected last frost date. Transplant young plants into the garden once spring temperatures are reliably warm". Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images/Getty Images

Angel's trumpet features beautiful scented, trumpet-like flowers.

During the summer, leave the plant outside ideally in a large container, but keep it indoors during winter to protect it from the cold.

Gardeners' World recommends to "mist regularly, to keep red spider mite at bay and produce a show of spectacular flowers."

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum Venustum)

Maidenhair fern
The maidenhair fern is one of the most popular fern houseplants. RHS/Carol Sheppard/Royal Horticultural Society

The maidenhair fern is one of the most popular fern houseplants, it is also very delicate and it needs regular watering and plenty of humidity.

In nature the maidenhair fern grows in moist, well-drained sites and many species even do so on rock walls around waterfalls.

Madagascan Palm

Madagascan Palm
Gardening Know How says that the Madagascan palms are not difficult to grow as houseplants as long as they receive enough light and are planted in well-draining soil. RHS/Carol Sheppard/RHS

The Madagascan Palm, also known as the Pachypodium cactipes, has a thick stem with little spikes and green leaves that have pretty blooms.

It is native to Madagascar, Africa, so it does best in warm climates with plenty of sun.

However, this plant can grow indoors really well provided it has plenty of sun and the right amounts of water.

Crasula Umbella "Wine Cup"

Crassula Umbella, "wine cupe"
Hand Drawn Sketch of Crassula Umbella Succulents Plant - stock vector Illustration Hand Drawn Sketch of Crassula Umbella or Wine Cup with Red Flowers. A Succulent Plants for Garden Decoration. lamnee/Getty Images Plus

Crassula Umbella is a beautiful succulent with cup-shaped leaves and little bulbs in the center.

It is a genus of succulent plants that includes about 200 species, with the cultivated varieties originating in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Another plant that, if indoors, will need plenty of light in order to thrive.


Like the majority of succulents, Lithops, also known as "living stones", are from arid regions and so they do require fast-draining soil. RHS / Graham Titchmarsh/Royal Horticultural Society

Lithops, also known as "living stones," are very unique plants native to South Africa.

They look like the pebbles and stones among which they grow in their habitat.

This plant usually features the succulents, but it also blooms yellow flowers. They can be grown on a bright windowsill, or under lights.

During the winter they will require little water but as the leaves dry up in the spring, water them more regularly until the summer when they stop growing.

Corkscrew Albuca

Corkscrew Albuca
Leaves of a corkscrew albuca, Albuca spiralis, with a black background. weisschr/iStock / Getty Images Plus

The Albuca spiralis blooms pale yellow flowers that are scented with an aroma similar to vanilla. Its name refers to the leaves of the plant that grow in curls.

The plant is native to Western and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa, so as a houseplant will need plenty of sunlight.

Desert Rose

Desert Rose
A slow-growing plant, It is native to Africa, the Middle East, and Madagascar RHS/Philippa Gibson/RHS

Desert Rose, or Adenium Obesum, resembles a bonsai plant thanks to its succulent trunk and delicate pink trumpeting flowers.

A popular houseplant, it is native to Africa and the Middle East and needs a lot of sunlight and warm temperatures for it to flourish.

Banana Shrub

This plant has medium green leaves and a yellow flower.

It isn't from the banana family but from the Magnolia species of plants; however, the aroma of the flowers is similar to that of bananas, hence the name.

As houseplants they need loads of light and the right amounts of watering.

Night Blooming Jasmine

Night-Blooming Jasmine
A bee sucks nectar from a Night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum), one of its favorites, at the end of spring in San Salvador, on October 3, 2020. Photo by YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

The Night Blooming Jasmine is fragrant with dark green leaves and little white flowers. Also known as the lady of the night, the Cestrum nocturnum is not a jasmine but a jessamine plant.

Poet Thomas Moore wrote about the lady of the night habits, "from plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about."

Moth Orchid

Moth orchid combines spectacular, long-lasting flowers with an easy-care regimen. Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

A flowering plant, the moth orchid or phalaenopsis, is a popular indoor orchid that features soft purple colors that bloom on brown stems. Brilliant Orchids says that "the Phalaenopsis orchid is a genus of orchid that contains about 70 different species".

Native to India, Taiwan, China, Southeast Asia, New Guinea and parts of Australia, moth orchids flower up to three times a year, each flower lasting a few weeks.Your moth orchid houseplant will need bright, but indirect sunlight to thrive.

Guzmania 'Tempo'

A Guzmania conifera plant native of Peru blooms in the Tropical Nursery at Kew Gardens in south-west London on May 9, 2016. Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

The U.K.'s Royal Horticultural Society describes the Guzmania as a "stemless evergreen perennial forming a rosette of leathery strap-shaped leaves, with spikes of tubular white or yellow flowers and showy bracts, in summer".

Native to Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America, and northern and western South America, the plant requires low light and it is quite easy to care for, hence its popularity.