12 Houseplants that are Literally Fragrant Air Fresheners

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Want to keep your rooms full of intense aroma naturally? Grow these Houseplants that are Literally Fragrant Air Fresheners!

Keeping your room fresh with natural elements elevates mood and senses. Here are the best Houseplants that are Literally Fragrant Air Fresheners that will help to keep your home naturally perfumed all the time!

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Houseplants that are Literally Fragrant Air Fresheners

1. Snake Plant


Botanical Name: Sansevieria

Yes! Snake plants do bloom! Though seeing it flower indoors will be a rare sight, once it does, the plant will fill up your home with its intense fragrance in no time!

The flowers come on tall spikes with cream and white-green hues. Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ has the best aroma of all!

Here’s everything you need to know about growing Snake Plant

2. African Gardenia

Botanical Name: Mitriostigma axillare

The dense white flowers of the African Gardenia have a sweet fragrance. It is surprisingly easy to grow and also does well in partial shade.

3. Jasmine

Botanical Name: Jasminum polyanthum

Place this fragrant plant on a sunny spot in your home for the best flowers. If you want an intense aroma then go for yellow star jasmine.

Find the best indoor jasmine varieties here

4. Lavender


Botanical Name: Lavandula

To make sure the plant thrives indoors, provide it plenty of bright light—this will help lavender bloom profusely. The more it will flower, the more fragrant your house will be!

Tip: Grow French Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’) for amazing aroma indoors in full sun.

Check out our article on growing lavender in pots here

5. Orchid


Botanical Name: Cattleya spp.

Some corsage orchids bloom once a year, other flowers twice. It emits strong cinnamon and vanilla fragrance that can fill the entire house in no time! Cattleya pot Sakura Candy, ‘Little Mermaid’, and ‘Yucatan Magenta’ are some best aromatic options.

Note: Zygopetalum Orchids, Brassavola Orchids, Cycnoches spp, Oncidium Sharry Baby, and Vanda spp. also offer great fragrant blooms.

Have a look at the best orchid varieties here

6. Mint


Botanical Name: Mentha

The fragrance of mint is undoubtedly calming and relaxing—it’s also quite easy to grow. It looks great in hanging baskets and you can crush its leaves anytime to have an instant minty aroma in rooms!

Check out our article on growing mint here

7. Paperwhite Narcissus


Botanical Name: Narcissus papyraceus

Many plant lovers grow Narcissus papyraceus bulbs indoors—this hardy sweet-smelling plant with a musky scent likes cool temperature and indirect sunlight.

Tip: For consistent flowering and fragrance, plant indoor paperwhite bulbs at 2-week intervals.

8. Chinese Perfume Plant

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Botanical Name: Aglaia odorata

In cooler areas, this plant, with bright yellow blooms, is grown as a houseplant for its sweet and lemon-like scent. Keep the plant near a south-facing window for the best growth.

9. Basket Plant


Botanical Name: Callisia fragrans

The basket plant is a cute green specimen you can grow on a bright windowsill. The white flowers have a soothing fragrance and pair well with the glossy green foliage.

10. Hoya


Botanical Name: Hoya

Hoya comes in so many fragrances that you will love to grow many of them! Hoya australis, Hoya carnosa Rubra aka ‘Krimson Princess,’ Hoya obovata, and Hoya retusa are the best fragrant ones.

11. Four O’Clock

Botanical Name: Mirabilis jalapa

The trick to growing Four O’Clock plants is to provide them with lots of sunlight, 3-5 hours minimum. A window box will be the best location for them as the wind will carry its fragrance to the room.

12. Madagascar Jasmine


Botanical Name: Stephanotis floribunda

This jasmine displays starry white fragrant blooms with a waxy texture over glossy dark green leaves. It prefers a warm room with medium to bright light.

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