Low Light Plants: Not all houseplants are the same, which makes your work as a plant parent a little complicated. All plants need a different level of care, especially when it comes to the amount of sunlight and water they receive. You might also get the impression that plants need tons of natural sunlight and water to survive, but that’s not exactly the case.
There are many low light plants that can survive in the darkest, shadiest areas of your home, in offices, or in other places where green is needed. While some of the indoor and outdoor houseplants on this list are forgiving and tolerant in all conditions, most of these strains actually grow faster and stronger when they have less light to work with.
But let’s be clear: weak light does not mean any light. “To grow, low-light plants still need indirect light, often from a north-facing window and away from the windowsill,” said Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising at 1-800-Flowers. While plants can vary in appearance, leaf shape, and color in low light conditions, many of them have one thing in common: “wider, thinner leaves that allow them to adapt to this climate over time.” However, some types of plants require more DC than others. So update the specifics of each green beauty to find the right fit for your space (and the green thumb).
Known by some as Sansevieria, this stiff, upright plant grows best on dry soil and only needs some sun to survive. An additional bonus: “It can improve the air quality in the room in which it lives, similar to the ZZ plant,” says Palomares.
No list of household plants is complete without mentioning the trustworthy, tolerant spider plant. “It’s a graceful plant that makes a statement everywhere – from a table top to a mantelpiece or with its beautiful arched leaves as a hanging plant,” says Bloomscape Plant Mom Joyce Mast.
Although this ordinary houseplant doesn’t need much sunlight to survive, it is not good in dry, hot conditions. It is really a tropical plant, which means that it prefers warm, humid weather – ideally somewhere between 70 and 72ºF.
This tabletop-friendly plant with a two-tone pattern that resembles reptile skin doesn’t like the feel of the sun on its leaves, making it ideal for low-light environments. But there is no need to worry: Although it is named after a venomous snake, these shiny greens are absolutely animal friendly.
This small but powerful plant is also called Devil’s Ivy because it is immune to death. That means it survives under highly fluorescent office lights, without light or even for a few weeks without water – take our editor’s word.
Monstera Deliciosa soil plant
It’s famous on Instagram for one reason: this soil plant can stand up to poor light and semi-drought conditions. In addition to purifying the air, the heart-shaped leaves bring a calming calm to every room.
When this rubber plant is treated just right (weak, indirect light and watered weekly), tiny white flowers grow. However, if you have a sunny location or a windowsill nearby, it won’t hurt to keep it close to the sun as it thrives in medium light.
Ferm plants are the be-all and end-all of houseplants. They have been around for millions of years and thrive in all kinds of light and water conditions. Bird’s fern in particular thrives in areas with little light. Pay attention to the leaves to see if it gets too light: the crumpled the leaves, the less light is needed.
“This houseplant is ideal for plant parents whose houses have little light and little time to take care of their plants,” says Palomares. Sounds like you Then try this shiny green. Available in table or floor plant sizes, in your room for extra style and air purification.
This small leaf variety, also called Fittonia, grows naturally in South America as ground cover. To really thrive, tons of water and shade are needed. Making it ideal for planters on window sills, small containers and terrariums. But the less light they get, the less colorful the leaves will be.
If you’re a plant parent for the first time, consider the Philodendron Brasil. This trailing plant is, according to the mast, “incredibly forgiving and tolerates all types of neglect, including poor light, poor soil, and inconsistent watering”. Perfect for bookshelves or plant hangers. The vines emerge fairly quickly and give newcomers the security they urgently need.
Braided bamboo is a symbol of growth, happiness and prosperity and is loved by many because it brings Feng Shui to every room. It is also extremely easy to care for: it grows best in low indirect light. Slightly damp soil and temperatures between 65 and 95 ° F.