18 Indoor Plants that Smell Good | Best Smelling Fragrant Indoor Plants

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Want your room to exude a fresh and fragrant vibe? Here are the best Indoor Plants that Smell Good! What’s more, you can also grow them easily!

Pleasing fragrance refreshes mood calms the mind, and also helps in elevating productivity. Here are some of the best Indoor Plants that Smell Good, which you can grow in offices or homes for rejoicing natural fragrance 24×7!

Have a look at the best bedroom plants you can grow in India here

Best Indoor Plants that Smell Good

1. Mint / Pudina

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Botanical Name: Mentha

The refreshing aroma of the mint leaves have a soothing effect. You can grow this herb indoors at any bright window so the slight breeze helps disperse its fragrance all across the room.

2. Gardenia

Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides

The velvety snow-white blooms of gardenia have a perfume-like pleasing scent. Thanks to its delightful fragrance and stunning looks, the flower is also popular in wedding ceremonies and boutonnieres.

3. Citrus Plant

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Botanical Name: Citrus × sinensis

Its citrusy scent livens up the spaces like no other plant. You can go for varieties like calamondin and Meyer lemon, as they will reward you with fruits and fragrance, both!

4. Arabian Jasmine

Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac

In the tropical climate of India, the intoxicating fragrance of this jasmine can be enjoyed year-round, but their peak blooming is seen during summers. Keep it where it can get 4-5 hours of direct sun.

5. Lemon Balm

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Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis

You have to slightly rub its leaves to whiff its gratifying aroma. It is also quite a potent plant for repelling bugs from the house.

6. Orchids


Botanical Name: Orchidaceae

Orchids come in an array of scents. Go for ‘golden elf’ variety for relishing lemony scent, or ‘Miltoniopsis santanaei’ if you are fond of rose fragrance.

7. Eucalyptus

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Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus

The intense aroma from the eucalyptus leaves renders a note of wood and resins. This easy-to-care plant can be set at any sunny windowsill.

8. Sweet Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Basil is revered not only for its rejuvenating aromatic leaves but its umpteen medicinal properties and religious significance. The sweet-smelling leaves are a delicious addition to soups, sauces, pizzas, and salads.

9. Hoya

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Botanical Name: Hoya carnosa

The starry flowers of hoya reward the owner with an intense lemony scent with a hint of vanilla throughout the day, but its fragrance is at the peak during the evening hours.

10. Tuberose


Botanical Name: Polianthes tuberosa

The waxy, white flowers gracefully arching from the tall stems releases an unmatchable fragrance in the surrounding. Its mesmerizing scent calms the nerves, hence used in aromatherapy too.

11. Passionflower

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Botanical Name: Passiflora

The purple flower exudes a very fascinating fragrance that has a soothing effect and can induce sleep or drowsiness. Moreover, it also works as a sedative, hence many Herbalists suggest having its tea before bed.

12. Night Flowering Jasmine / Harsingar

Botanical Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

An intense floral fragrance of tiny white flowers gives a sharp note. It flowers from August till December, blooming during the night, and shedding in the morning.

13. Scented Geranium

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Botanical Name: Pelargonium

Though the plant has got fame due to its vivacious flowers coming in a wide color range, its earthy and mild scent is what makes it more impressive.

14. Plumeria


Botanical Name: Plumeria obtusa

Coming in intriguing colors of pink, white, red, and yellow, this tropical beauty sends out a sweet scent with floral notes. The flowers are also used in making Indian bridal ‘Juda.’

15. Rosemary

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Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus

This culinary herb, with needle-like leaves, can fill up your living space with citrus-like, herbaceous fragrance. It is a great herb to spruce up indoors year-round with subtle scent.

16. Miniature Rose


Botanical Name: Rosa chinensis

Mini roses are bred to stay compact and small in size but are no less than true roses if compared. Go for Scentsational and Sweet chariot for intense fragrance.

17. Lily of the Valley

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Botanical Name: Convallaria majalis

Its bell-shaped white flowers emit a sweet floral scent with a sandalwood note. The flower has been praised from ancient times, thanks to their seductive fragrance.

18. Lemongrass


Botanical Name: Cymbopogon

The grassy leaves grow in a clumps and are used for flavoring tea and other recipes. It has a strong citrusy scent that also deters the mosquitoes away.

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