Sun-loving indoor plants are the ideal green in your own four walls if you can enjoy south-facing windows or conservatories. The numerous hours of sunshine benefit a large number of indoor plants and ensure a high level of vitality. If you want to embellish your rooms with sun worshippers, you can choose from a large selection of plants.
What are sun-loving houseplants? These are plants that are kept behind glass and depend on at least four hours or more of sunlight to grow healthily and maintain their vitality. Most of the plants that are placed behind a south window are species from the tropics or arid regions of the world. They are accustomed to the numerous hours of sunshine and the resulting heat on the south side and cannot survive long without it. If you are looking for suitable plants for the south window, the list below will help you.
25 sun-loving indoor plants introduced
What makes a classic sun worshipper? This is the question many people ask themselves when they are looking for suitable plants for a place on the south side. Of course, the need for sufficient sunlight must first be mentioned here. A fully sunny location must provide the plant with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.
These are divided into two groups:
no noonday sun
When selecting indoor plants, you must make sure that they are a plant that must be placed out of the direct sunlight at noon. Failure to do so may result in sunburn, for example, which has a negative effect on the health of the indoor plants. Alternatively, you can provide the plants with a sunscreen, such as a blind, to block out the midday sun.
The following list also includes plants that you can put outdoors for a few hours a day during the summer, as the fresh air and unfiltered light will do them good. Depending on where you live, you can even leave some of the 25 sun-loving indoor plants in the garden or on the balcony overnight. This of course depends on the temperatures at night, as tropical plants in particular need constant warmth.
Selection of indoor plants
Elephant foot (bot. Beaucarnea recurvata)
An elephant foot in the room inspires by the form of the trunk, which can become extremely thick. If you decide for the plant, a south window is obligatory, because the plant, also known as the bottle tree, needs considerably more sun than other species. In winter it is even necessary to use plant lamps if you live further north or in the Alpine regions.
Spurge family (bot. Euphorbiaceae)
Classic sun-loving houseplants are numerous species of the spurge family. These include the Christ’s thorn (bot. Euphorbia), the pencil tree (bot. Euphorbia tirucalli), the triangular spurge (bot. Euphorbia trigona), the full-bodied spurge cactus (bot. Euphorbia ingens) and one of the most popular Advent plants, the poinsettia (bot. Euphorbia pulcherrima).
These spurge plants enjoy as much sun as possible and are thrilled by the standing heat behind the south window. For this reason, the plants are extremely easy to care for, decorative and available in numerous varieties. But be careful if you have children or pets, as the latex is poisonous.
Winter Aster (bot. Chrysanthemum)
Due to their colourful flowers, winter asters are among the most popular indoor plants that like to bathe in the sun. They come in a wide range of colours, which you can easily combine with each other. Please note that the plant needs a hibernation period so that it can sprout again every year.
Calla (bot. Zantedeschia aethiopica)
With the Calla you bring one of the most popular sun worshippers into your house, which immediately catches the eye because of its prominent flower. These are white and resemble an upward-facing calyx. Take care to protect the calla from direct sunlight during noon.
Palmlilie (bot. Yucca)
Attractive green is offered by the yucca, which attracts attention with large, fresh green leaves. It is rather undemanding in terms of maintenance, but grows strongly in width and therefore requires sufficient space and a large tub.
Chinese rose mallow (bot. Hibiscus rosa sinensis)
A handy hibiscus, which looks attractive especially in large living rooms and other rooms due to its decorative flowers. You will immediately see whether the carpenter’s egg receives enough sun, because if the location is too dark the flowers will either not show at all or only a small part of them.
Candleflower (bot. Ceropegia woodii)
This hanging basket plant has long shoots that delight with their unique flowers. These are directed upwards and stand out clearly from the green, which makes them particularly attractive in an elevated position. When keeping the plants, do not use direct midday sun, but in summer you can take them outside.
Madagascar Palm (bot. Pachypodium lamerei)
Pachypodium lamerei presents itself as an extremely pretty palm plant. Ensure that the plant is fully exposed to the sun so that it can provide sufficient light.
Strelitzias are classic sun worshippers that are ideal for larger rooms as they are about two metres high. Unique to the species of the genus are the flowers, which are reminiscent of birds and for this reason are also called bird of paradise flowers. The most picturesque species is the King Strelitzie (bot. Strelitzia reginae).
Pea plant (bot. Senecio rowleyanus)
The pea plant has a similar growth to the chandelier flower, but it is a sun-hungry, evergreen plant whose leaves are thickened into spheres that grow on long shoots. Extremely decorative as a hanging plant.
Rosette thick leaf (bot. Aeonium arboreum)
One of the most popular succulents for your home. The reason for this is the flowers, which are in clear rosettes and still have the fleshy stems. Especially the intense colours are very popular and make an excellent accent in your ambience.
Buntnesseln (bot. Solenostemon scutellarioides)
The colorful plants are resistant to dryness, heat and sun-loving houseplants. The harp shrubs (bot. Plectranthus) are known for their colour, which is intensified by sunshine. For this reason, as much sun as possible is recommended for these plants if you want to unleash the full colour potential of the plants.
Band bush (bot. Homalocladium platycladum)
A unique green plant with delicate flowers, which likes a lot of sun, but first has to be adapted a little to these. The intense green of the leaves is excellent in rooms that are mainly kept in one colour.
A cactus that likes to stand in the sun and feels great there. The old man’s head is also known as the lint cactus, which points to the soft needles that become very long and look like grey hair or light lint. A highlight for cactus lovers or people who have a lot of stone in their rooms.
Breeding leaves (bot. Bryophyllum)
Brood leaves are relatives of the Flammenden Käthchen and therefore succulents, which are often placed behind the south window due to their fleshy leaves. Unique to this are the breeding buds, which fall off over time and allow easy reproduction.
Penny Tree (bot. Crassula arborescens)
The money tree is a classic that also has fleshy leaves. Succulents prefer a lot of sun and this is also the case with this species. The leaves are shaped in such a way that they are reminiscent of coins, where the name comes from.
Wonder shrub (bot. Codiaeum variegatum)
A sunny spot on the south side is recommended for the Kroton. Nevertheless, it should be protected from the blazing sun at midday to avoid sunburn. The intensive colouring of the leaves is striking, which makes the wonder shrub extremely decorative.
Canary date palm (bot. Phoenix canariensis)
Another palm tree, which can be placed very well at the south window. Impressive at this are the palm fronds, which are large and fine. Be sure to offer the plant enough space, as it can grow quite large.
Agaves (bot. Agave)
Agaves are sun-loving houseplants that you can even use for your health and body care.
hemp bow (bot. Sansevieria)
The bow hemp can also be well placed on the south side, but should be protected from the sun at noon. The green leaves grow steeply in the height and provide a tropical touch in the apartment.
Beautiful mallow (bot. Abutilon)
The beautiful mallow is known for its long flowering period from mid-March to the end of November. The room maple has leaves that are reminiscent of the native maple, but present tropical flowers.
Bishop’s cap (bot. Astrophytum myriostigma)
A classic cactus that immediately catches the eye due to its shape.
Noble geraniums (bot. Pelargonium grandiflorum)
If you are a fan of geraniums, you should bet this way if you have a sunny south window available.
Flaming Käthchen (bot. Kalanchoe)
The Käthchen is ideal for the south side and a highlight thanks to the pretty flowers.
Lucky chestnut (bot. Pachira aquatica)
If you haven’t heard of the lucky chestnut, don’t be surprised. The plant is sold with a braided trunk and can form flowers and edible fruits with enough sun and some luck.
With the help of this list you have a good overview of attractive indoor plants, which present themselves in the most different green tones and flower forms and thereby make a good figure on the south side.
Tip: If you have chosen one or more of these species, you should always make sure that they have sufficient fresh air during the summer. Many houseplant owners often forget the heat that can accumulate behind the window pane and the plant dries out quickly, which can lead to infestation by pests such as spider mites.
Alternative: South side for fruit and vegetables
Not only sun-loving houseplants are suitable for the place on the windowsill or a southern winter garden. If you want to provide yourself with delicious fruit and vegetables, you can grow a variety of species directly in your own living room.
Many of these species prefer the full sun or, like the sun worshippers mentioned so far, a location with subdued light at noon so as not to dry out completely or burn behind the glass pane. The following list gives you an overview of which plants are suitable for this.
Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum)
Keniabanane (Musa velutina)
You may need a little more space behind the glass for some species, but you will be amazed at how easy breeding can be. Just keep in mind that these aromatic plants require much more water than in the field, as the bucket only provides a small amount of moisture.
In addition, they stand directly in the sun, which naturally allows a large part of the moisture to evaporate more quickly, so you must always pay attention to the water balance of the plants. Best of all, there is a wide variety of varieties to choose from, so you can adjust the harvest to suit your taste.
Tip: In addition to the above-mentioned plants, classic Mediterranean herbs are also available, as these prefer the south window and stay healthy through the sunshine. These include the Italian classic basil, savory, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary, coriander and lemon balm.