15 Pink-Leaved Plants That Offer Subtle Color

Add a splash of color to your home or garden with these plant varieties, all of which offer rosy-hued leaves.

Regardless of whether you were all in on the "millennial pink" trend, rosy hues continue to offer a vibrant splash of color to homes and gardens. One of the most beautiful ways to add a little pink to your space is with plants. Plenty of flowers are pink, but plants with pink-hued foliage are a longer-lasting option for enjoying the color. Plus, their leaves often feature a mix of green and pink, and because pink and green are complementary colors, these colorful leaves are especially eye-catching. Here are some of the prettiest pink-leaved plants to brighten your home or garden, whether you're looking for an indoor plant or an outdoor one.

Tips for Indoor Pink-Leaved Plants

Using pink plants as part of your decor is an easy way to bring unexpected color into the mix. Big foliage will add dramatic flair while smaller, more compact foliage will add softness. You can rely on our list of pink-leaved houseplants for options that will bring a little rosiness to your indoor garden.

pink and green Caladium in planter
Marty Baldwin

Tips for Outdoor Pink-Leaved Plants

Both sunny and shady spots can benefit from pink-leaved plants. These make for bright accents in both outdoor containers and beds. Play with height and size to make these pretty plants stand out even more in the garden.

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Mosaic Plant

red fittonia pink leaf plant
Marty Baldwin

Also called nerve plant, mosaic plant (Fittonia albivenis) is a trailing indoor plant with deeply veined leaves. Those veins can be white or deep pink, which makes each leaf look like a mosaic or stained-glass window. This plant will thrive in indoor containers, and because it stays small, it's especially good for terrariums.

Size: Usually under 6 inches

Light: Indirect light (avoid direct sunlight, which can make the leaves crisp up)

Watering: Keep evenly moist, adding water when the surface of the soil is just barely dry

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Dragon Tree

colorama long leaf pink plant
Denny Schrock

Dracaena marginata is notable for its long, narrow leaves and slender, woody stems. Over time, these tropical-looking pink-leaved plants can get up to eight feet tall! Dragon trees tolerate neglect, so they're a good option if you're a forgetful or busy plant parent.

Size: 3-8 feet, depending on variety

Light: Can tolerate low to bright light, but its pink color will look best if it's grown in bright light (just avoid full sun)

Water: Whenever soil is dry to the touch

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Polka Dot Plant

plants in spotted vase
Blaine Moats

As the same suggests, polka dot plants have spotted mottled leaves that come in white, pink, or red. When in their natural habitat, these plants can get up to 3 feet tall; when grown indoors, they tend to stay smaller and more compact, so they work well in terrariums.

Size: Up to 3 feet, but potted plants will usually be smaller

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Keep soil moist, especially in the summer; water less during its winter dormancy

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Kindra Clineff

Chinese evergreens are popular, easy-care foliage houseplants, and the varieties with pink patterns on their glossy leaves are especially interesting. These plants do well in most types of light, including dimmer spaces most other plants will sulk in.

Size: 1-3 feet tall

Light: Can tolerate indirect sunlight or medium- to low-light conditions

Watering: Water regularly, but let the plant dry out a little between waterings

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Rex Begonia

Denny Schrock

These types of begonias offer an array of leaf shapes, colors, and patterns from one variety to the next, and plenty of them have pink hues. They need bright, indirect sunlight so their leaves stay as colorful as possible.

Size: Up to 2 feet tall

Light: Medium to bright light

Watering: Water when the soil is just beginning to dry out

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Adam Albright

This plant is like an optical illusion: Stromanthe looks different from pretty much every angle. The top of the green leaves feature white variegation, but if you look at it from below, you'll see a surprise underneath: the underside of the leaves is variegated pink and red. Stromanthe is native to rain forests, so be sure to put them in a place that is warm and humid.

Size: 2-3 feet tall

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Let the top inch of soil dry out before watering

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Denny Schrock

Because of its delicate and showy leaf patterns, calathea is also known as zebra plant, peacock plant, and rattlesnake plant. Calatheas are sometimes called prayer plants, too, because they fold their leaves up at night.

Size: Up to 3 feet

Light: Low to medium indirect light

Watering: Water regularly, but let the soil surface dry to the touch between waterings

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Rubber Plant

rubber tree plant geometric planter
Marty Baldwin

A close relative of the fiddle leaf fig tree, rubber plant (Ficus elastica) can have deep green, burgundy, or even white-striped leaves. In the 1900s, the milky sap from this plant was used to make rubber, helping it earn its common name.

Size: Up to six to 10 feet indoors; up to 100 feet outdoors

Light: Medium to bright indirect light

Watering: Water every week or two (rubber plants don't like to get too dry)

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African Milk Tree

African milk tree growing in pot outdoors with succulents
Bob Stefko

Even though it's technically a succulent and not a tree, African milk tree (Euphorbia trigona) can still reach impressive heights indoors and outside. Usually, the stems will stay green, but each can produce dozens of tiny pinkish-red leaves.

Size: Up to three feet indoors; up to nine feet outdoors

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist

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Arrowhead Plant

arrowhead plant with pink leaves
Denny Schrock

At first, arrowhead plants usually grow upright for a few months, but they'll eventually start to develop trailing stems (you can prune these back at any time to help keep the plant compact). As the leaves unfurl, they can become a subtle green, white, silver, or pink plant.

Size: Up to 3 feet

Light: Low to medium

Watering: Water when the top inch of soil is dry

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Richard Felber

You can find plenty of pink succulents, but echeverias are among the easiest to grow as houseplants. Some pink plant varieties include 'Perle von Nurnberg' (with pale pink centers) and 'Meridian' (with ruffled pink edges).

Size: Up to 8 inches

Light: Bright, direct light

Watering: Let the soil dry out completely between waterings

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pink and green Caladium in planter
Marty Baldwin

Caladiums bring guaranteed color to shady spots. Many cultivars have patterns with pink centers or veining. The colorful leaves are heart-shape, making them even more delightful in the garden.

Size: Up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet across

Light: Part-shade or filtered sun

Watering: Keep the soil moist

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Peter Krumhardt

Cordyline thrives outdoors but can also be used as a houseplant. They have leathery variegated leaves that have pink or white edges. Look for varieties that produce fragrant flowers and berries for multi-season interest.

Size: Up to 3 feet tall

Light: Grow in the sun, but can also tolerate part-sun

Watering: Can tolerate drought, but don't let it completely dry out

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Heuchera 'Midnight Bayou' Coralbells
Samantha Hedum

These perennials are grown for their foliage more than their flowers. Heuchera's lobed leaves come in shades of almost every color, including purple, yellow, and orange. You can rely on them to add color to a shady corner of the garden.

Size: Up to 3 feet tall

Light: Depending on the variety, heuchera can grow well in sun or shade

Watering: Keep moist but make sure soil has good drainage because this plant doesn't like sitting in too much water

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Denny Schrock

You can find a variety of coleus for every spot in the garden. Coleus varieties have colored edges, veining patterns, spots, and textured edges. Many of the varieties with pink patterns have a green or purple base color.

Size: 3-5 feet

Light: Shade or part-shade

Watering: Keep the soil moist but well drained

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