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10 Plants with Green and Purple Leaves

Beautiful Plants with Purple and Green Leaves

If you are looking for plants with green and purple leaves, you will love our selection here, including plants with green leaves and purple underside.

Growing colorful flowers and plants not only can increase your enjoyment of your yard or garden, but also may also increase the curb appeal of your home and increase your property value.

There is something especially eye catching of plants with lush green leaves with a splash of bright color on them.

If you are like me and find green and purple leaves on plants exceptionally lovely, then you may be interested in some of the following plants with green and purple leaves.

Plants with green and purple leaves.

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#1. Persian Shield

Persian Shield

Persian shield is a stunning large flowering perennial plant (grows as an annual in colder climates) that can grow 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet across. This plant can also be grown indoors.

The foliage has prominent veins that give it a quilt like appearance. The purple and green leaves have silver overlay that creates a unique metallic sheen on the upper surface. This plant also bears small violet flowers in winter.  

The Persian Shield grows best in bright sunlight in cooler climates and partial shade in warmer climates and rich well-drained soil.

#2. Coleus


The Coleus plant is another colorful plant you can find with purple and green leaves. This plant can grow from 6 inches to 3 feet tall and wide.

The plant itself has large square stems with leaves directly across from one another and tiny white or blue flowers. The leaves of this plant have purple (or another bright color such as yellow, red, pink or maroon) inside the leaves with green edges.

This plant can be planted in your garden, a window box, a container, or hanging baskets. It is also one of the plants that grow in water. If planted outdoors, plant in early spring, in rich loose well-drained soil.

This plant will grow to its full size in a single season. It is also known to be toxic to animals.

#3. Purple Passion Plant

Purple Passion Plant

The purple passion plant is a beautiful looking plant with its dark green serrated leaves covered in soft purple hairs, which gives the entire plant a purple sheen.

This plant grows to 1 to 2 feet and looks great in a hanging basket. When this plant is young, it is upright, and then becomes more vine-like as the plant matures.

While the purple passion plant can tolerate dry soil, it grows best in moist soil and medium to bright light. These plants are easy to care for and can be grown indoors as well as outdoors.

#4. Tiger Stripes Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe Humilis)

Kalanchoe Humilis

The Tiger Stripes Kalanchoe plant originates in Madagascar. It has egg shaped pale green thick leaves with purple or maroon streaks that bears purple-green flowers in the summertime.

This plant is usually grown indoors, but can be grown outdoors in conditions that mimic those you will find in Madagascar.

The Tiger Stripes Kalanchoe does best in mild temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above and prefers to be grown in well-drained soil. The plant normally grows to be about 6 inches tall.

#5. Job’s Beard (Sempervivum Heuffelii)

Sempervivum Heuffelii

Job’s Beard also known as Purple Have or Hen and Chicks (by its more popular name) is a Perennial succulent that is rosette shaped with 6 to 7 petals. The rosette grows up to 4.8 inches with flowering stalks that grow up to 8 inches and produce white to yellow flowers.

The plant produces several offshoots before flowering, after which the main or mother plant dies.

This plant does best when grown in full sun to light shade (when growing indoors, should be placed in an east facing window.) Job’s Beard needs well-drained moist soil and temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

This plant attracts bees and butterflies and is deer resistant.

#6. Spiderwort

Spiderwort Plant

The Spiderwort plant also known as the Inch plant or wandering Jew is a plant that originates in Mexico. This plant can grow up to 6 feet tall and has purple and green variegated heart shaped leaves with veins running from the base to the tip.

When this plant blooms, it produces 3 petal white or violet flowers. When grown outside, this plant is often considered a weed as it spreads fast and can become invasive. It does however; make a great indoor climber plant.

The Spiderwort does best when grown in indirect sunlight and well-drained moist soil. This striped leaf houseplant does best in temperatures 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and prefers a humid climate.

Plants with Green Leaves and Purple Underside

#7. Purple Sword Plant (Alocasia Lauterbachiana)

Purple Sword Plant (Alocasia Lauterbachiana)

The Purple sword plant is an attractive plant that thrives best when grown in tropical conditions. This alocasia variety has long green shiny leaves with purple undersides and purple veins.

This plant does best when grown in bright indirect sunlight, temperatures ranging between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and humid conditions.

When grown outdoors this plant can reach a height of 4 feet. When grown indoors it can grow to be 3 feet tall, and does best when placed where it gets morning sunshine from east facing window.

#8. Oyster Plant

Oyster Plant

The oyster plant is an eye catching indoor plant that can also be grown out of doors in warm climates. This plant has long spear-shaped leaves that are shiny green on the topside and purple on the underside and small pink or white flowers.

This plant only grows to be 6 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide. The plant does well in full or partial sunlight and is toxic to people and animals.

#9. Velvet Calathea

Velvet Calathea

The Velvet Calathea is a perennial plant with wavy patterned green leaves on top and purple undersides. The leaves are covered with tiny hairs.

When this plant flowers, it produces white flowers that turn to yellow with hints of pink. This plant grows 2 to 3 feet high and 12 to 18 inches wide.

The Velvet Calathea can be grown as either a houseplant or outdoor ground cover. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade.

#10. Calathea Medallion

Calathea Medallion

The Calathea Medallion is a popular houseplant with large oval variegated green leaves with purple undersides. This plant is normally grown indoors in well-drained potting soil. This is actually my favorite plant with green leaves on top and purple underneath.

It grows best in medium indirect light and 50% humidity and requires normal household temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. When full grown, this plant grows to be about a foot tall and a foot wide.

Final Thoughts on Plants with Green and Purple Leaves

If you are looking to add an attractive or dramatic touch to your landscaping or home, then one of the above mentioned plants with green and purple leaves will add just the bit of drama you are looking for.

Plants with purple and green leaves.

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