Indoor Plants With Red, Orange & Yellow Leaves

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Indoor Plants With Red, Orange & Yellow Leaves
Crotons are popular houseplants with bright red, orange and yellow foliage. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Growing indoor plants is a popular way to bring the outdoor green inside. According to the University of Georgia Extension, people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors; using plants helps to create serenity and a feeling of well-being. Houseplants come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. The majority of houseplants are chosen for their foliage rather than their flowers. A number of houseplants have red, orange and yellow leaves.

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Caladiums are native plants of Peru and Brazil and come in hundreds of foliage colours. Dr. Brent is a uniquely patterned caladium variety introduced by the University of Florida. The plant has lance-shaped foliage with dark green leaf margins. The main and central veins are red to purple. The interveinal areas are yellowish green in the centre and develop an orange shade near the margins. The entire foliage area is covered with irregular blotches. Dr. Brent caladium grows to a mature height of about 11 inches with each leaf up to 10 inches long. The caladium variety is well resistant to leaf sunburn and chill injury.


Croton is a popular, bright foliaged houseplant native to the Pacific Islands and the Malay Peninsula. Croton foliage comes in varying shades of pink, red, yellow, rust, orange and purple and grows best in areas of full light. However excessive light tends to dull the red and orange foliage crotons. In their native habitat crotons develop into large shrubs and small trees. Croton foliage comes in varying shapes from elliptical to broad. Overfertilizing crotons results in reduced foliage colour and weaker root system. Crotons have a high water requirement and need daily watering during warmer weather.


Coleus are easy to propagate and grow and are grown both as indoor and outdoor plants. Coleus are also referred to as flame nettle, painted nettle and painted leaf. A member of the mint family, the herbaceous perennials are native to Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands and come in a near endless variety of foliage colours. The variety 'Molten Orange' has dark orange-red foliage with a thin yellow border on the scalloped edges. Coleus 'Morgan's Magic' is also brightly patterned in shades of green, red, purple, orange, and yellow on a dark background. The variety is sun tolerant.

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