If you’re looking for indoor plants that require little light, then you’re in the right place! There are lots of good houseplants for low light areas that are easy to care for too! Here’s a list of my top picks for the best low maintenance, low light indoor plants for your home.
One of the biggest problems that many houseplant lovers face is the low light conditions in their home. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if every room in your house had huge south-facing windows? …Dreamy!
But, back in the real world, nobody has that much sunlight in their home, and many rooms get no sunlight at all.
If this sounds familiar to you, and you’re wondering what plants grow indoors with little sunlight, I’ve put together a list of low maintenance, low light indoor plants to get you started.
But first, I must dispel a myth that’s been going around the internet lately… houseplants that grow in the dark?
Can A Plant Survive Without Sunlight?
NO! There is no such thing as real indoor plants that grow in complete darkness. Plants need light in order to live and grow, and it wouldn’t take long for them to die if left in complete darkness.
So I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re looking for plants for windowless rooms that are completely dark most of the time like your basement, kitchen or bathroom… well, then it’s time to go shopping for silk plants – or lights for houseplants.
What Happens When A Plant Does Not Get Sunlight?
When plants don’t get enough light, they will first start to grow long and leggy. They might even start to lean towards the light if there’s a window or light source nearby. This is a very common problem with indoor plants, and one of the first sign that a houseplant needs more light.
Plants that aren’t getting enough light will also start to lose their color, and start to look dull or even transparent.
But don’t worry, most rooms in the house get some natural light, and there are lots of houseplants that tolerate low light conditions, or can adapt to them.
There are even houseplants that thrive in low light areas of the average home, and will suffer if they get too much sunlight! Below is a list of my top picks of the best indoor plants for low light areas of your home…
Low Light Indoor Plants List
1. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) – Named for the fact that it’s an extremely tough plant, cast iron plants thrive on neglect! They are one of the best houseplants for very low light conditions, and will happily grow in just about any area of your home. Stick it in a corner and keep the soil on the dry side, and your cast iron plant will happily grow for years with very little care.
2. Philodendron – There are tons of different varieties of philodendron houseplants out there, and they are some of the best low light houseplants you can grow! Keep your philodendron out of the sun, water it regularly (but don’t overwater it), and it will thrive for you.
3. Lucky bamboo – Commonly sold growing in vases of water, lucky bamboo are perfect indoor plants for low light rooms. Keep the water fresh and your indoor bamboo plant will thrive for years.
4. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) – Unique indoor plants that prefer to be grown in a low light area, prayer plants are super fun to grow! Their leaves are open during the day and then close up at night like little prayer hands, which is where they get their name. Prayer plants will even get tiny flowers on them when they’re happy, which makes them great low light flowering plants too!
5. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) – The first time you see this plant, you’ll understand why it’s nickname is “corn plant”. It looks a lot like a corn plant that you’d grow in your garden.
Not only are dracaena fragrans good indoor plants for low light conditions, they are also beautiful, and are super low maintenance indoor plants too! I’ve had one growing in the corner of my kitchen next to a north facing window for years!
6. Snake Plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) – There’s no such thing as a “no-care” houseplant, but snake plants are about the closest thing you can get. Snake plants are good low light plants, they will grow in just about any area of your home, and they thrive on neglect.
Only water your snake plant when the soil is dry and keep it out of direct sunlight, and your snake plant will grow for years to come!
7. Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) – Things I love the most about dragon trees are all the colors (though the most colorful ones are medium light houseplants, and grow better with bright light), and the fact that they are awesome low light tropical houseplants!
Dracaenas look dramatic in a pot by themselves, but also make a wonderful addition to a mixed planter. They would add a very nice contrast to any of the houseplants on this list in combined containers.
8. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) – Another one of my favorite easy low light plants, Chinese evergreens make great houseplants. Not only is the foliage gorgeous, but they also get pretty little white flowers when they’re happy, and bright red berries after the flowers die.
9. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) – Easy low light houseplants, and one of the most popular indoor plants out there, parlor palms are gorgeous. In fact, palm houseplants are also one of the best air purifying houseplants for your home, a double bonus! Read my comprehensive indoor palm plant care guide for more information.
10. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum, aka devil’s ivy) – One of the all-time best low care indoor plants, pothos are also super easy to propagate and rarely have any problems with houseplant pests. This is one of the first houseplants I’ve ever owned, and pothos will always have a spot in my houseplant collection.
Pothos are perfect for growing in hanging baskets, or just allowing the vines to cascade over a coffee table or bookshelf. Heck, you can even train the vines to grow vertically on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole. Pothos plants are perfect houseplants for beginners!
11. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) – Often thought of as a no-care houseplant, zz plants are another one of my top picks for low light, low maintenance houseplants. Treat your zz plant just like you would treat your succulents, but keep it out of direct sunlight, and your zz plant will look amazing!
12. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – One of the most classic houseplants, spider plants are great low light indoor plants too. There are a few different varieties of spider plants, and all of them look gorgeous in hanging baskets or set atop a pedestal.
The variegated varieties of these common indoor plants are my favorites, especially the curly leaf variety called “Bonnie”. It’s also super easy to propagate spider plants so you can quickly fill your home with green!
13. Dumb cane houseplant (Dieffenbachia) – As common low light houseplants, dumb cane plants are pretty tolerant of any home environment, and they’re very beautiful indoor plants too. Plus they’re super easy to care for, just keep your dumb cane out of direct sunlight and water when the soil is dry. Learn how to care for dumb cane plants here.
14. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – As flowering low light air purifying houseplants, peace lilies have a lot going for them. They’re also easy to grow indoor plants, and one of the most commonly sold houseplants on the market. Peace lilies are a staple in any houseplant collection. Read my in-depth peace lily plant care guide for more details.
15. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum) – Arrowhead vines are easy indoor plants that thrives in low light areas. They look great in mixed containers or in a pot by themselves. Arrowhead vines also fun to propagate, and it’s fun to collect all the different varieties.
16. Bromeliads – If you’re looking for low light tropical plants to add some color to your home, then bromeliads are perfect for you! Bromeliads grow their best in low light conditions, and they come in tons of different colors. They are also one of the best flowering houseplants for low light, and they are really easy to grow. Read my detailed bromeliad plant care guide to learn how to grow them.
17. English Ivy (Hedera helix) – Another one of the best low light plants that’s commonly sold in garden centers, ivies make great houseplants! Grow them in hanging basket, on top of bookshelves or cabinets, or you could train the vines to grow vertically on this one too by growing them on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole. Watch out though, spider mites love them and can quickly infest an indoor ivy plant.
18. Ferns – Another classic houseplant, ferns are such gorgeous indoor plants. Requiring little sunlight, they are perfect to grow in just about any room of your house. As long as they get the right amount of water and are kept out of direct sunlight, ferns will grow for many years.
19. Peperomia – There are tons of different varieties of peperomia plants, and they all make wonderful low light indoor plants. Peperomias look great in a hanging basket, or in mixed containers, and they are super easy to grow too. Water your peperomia regularly, but don’t overwater it, and keep it out of directly sunlight.
20. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) – Most purple houseplants need tons of light to keep their color when grown indoors, but wandering jews will only suffer in a sunny window. They are medium light indoor plants, so give them bright, filtered sunlight and they will happily grow into beautiful houseplants. Read my detailed wandering jew plant care guide to learn exactly how to grow them.
Where To Buy Indoor Plants That Grow Well In Low Light
If you’re wondering where to buy indoor plants that like low light conditions, you should be able to find houseplants for sale at you local garden center year-round, or you could always buy indoor plants online.
If you live in a cold climate like I do, it’s super easy to find low light indoor plants for sale during the fall and winter months (when most people are starting to go through gardening withdrawals!).
You can also find low light houseplants for sale online, like this cute collection of plants.
Grow Lights For Houseplants
If you want to grow indoor plants without sunlight, or if you find that even your low light indoor plants are struggling to thrive in your home, then you can always add a grow light. Grow lights for houseplants don’t have to be expensive or fancy either.
Something as simple as this small grow light might just be what your houseplants need, and it doesn’t take up much space. If you want something larger (and fancier) that you can use for several plants, then this one would be perfect, and it’s adjustable too.
Otherwise, if you’re more of a DIYer, then you can make your own grow light setup using a shop light fixture and some grow light bulbs. Whatever type of lights you decide to use, be sure to set them up using an outlet timer to make it super easy!
I hope this list has given you lots of ideas for some of the best houseplants that like low light conditions. Now you can spruce up that dull boring corner, and give home some life with low light indoor plants!
Even though low light indoor plants are some of the easiest houseplants to grow, it can still be difficult to keep them thriving during the dark winter months. If you struggle with indoor plant care during the winter, my Winter Houseplant Care eBook is for you! It will give you everything you need to know about how to grow plants indoors, and keep them thriving all year long. Order your copy today!
Products I Recommend
Recommended Houseplant Books
- The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual
- The House Plant Expert
- The Indestructible Houseplant
- Indoor Plant Decor
- Plant By Numbers
- The House Plant Expert
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- 15 Of The Best Flowering Houseplants
- 20 Houseplants That Clean The Air In Your Home
- Tropical Houseplant Care: A Guide To Growing Tropical Plants Indoors
- Tips For Repotting Houseplants
What low light indoor plants would you add to this list? Share your favorites in the comments section below.