15 Low-Light Plants

15 Low-Light Plants

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Low-light plants make for a glorious indoor display, not to mention a statement that enhances any room! Low-light houseplants can also help to purify the air in your home or office, which is extremely beneficial to your health and overall wellbeing. 

Houseplants for Low-Light Conditions

Here’s a great list of the top 15 low-light plants that you should consider for your indoor garden. 

  • Peace lily

The peace lily is a houseplant that holds a special place on many top indoor plant lists. Not only does this plant do well in low-light conditions, but it also helps to purify the air while releasing oxygen! A peace lily will thrive near a north or west-facing window. Peace lilies also do well under fluorescent lights.

  • Ivy

Both English and Algerian ivies do well in environments with low-light. So if you’ve got a west or north-facing window in your apartment, your ivy will thrive. Ivies also do well in cooler environments, which makes them an incredibly hardy plant too. 

  • Zz plant

The zz plant is another houseplant for low-light conditions. This plant loves indirect sunlight but will also grow well in low-light environments. The only difference is that in low-light spaces, the zz plant will grow more slowly compared to a zz plant sitting in bright, indirect sunlight. 

  • Snake plant

When left in direct sunlight, the snake plant’s leaves will burn. This is why this plant is one of the top 15 low-light plants. A snake plant will thrive in many different light settings. If you’re looking to put this plant in low-light, that just means it will grow a little slower compared to a snake plant that sits in indirect sunlight. 

  • Staghorn fern

Staghorn ferns have gorgeous fronds that grow to a variety of lengths. What truly benefits this type of fern the most is air. That’s why it does exceptionally well on wall mounts. The staghorn fern also does very well in households with low-light conditions. All this plant needs is low to medium light, and adequate moisture to thrive indoors. 

  • Dieffenbachia

Also known as dumb cane, dieffenbachia is one of the indoor plants that thrive in low-light. Even filtered light will keep this plant happy. The one thing to look out for when caring for dieffenbachia is to make sure that it’s planted in soil that drains well. Dieffenbachia like being moist, however, too much dampness can lead to root rot. 

  • Calathea

With scalloped leaves, threaded with silver, the calathea loves sitting in low light areas of the household. The trick to keeping your calathea healthy is to make sure it receives enough humidity. If the air is dry the leaves will dry out, turn crispy, or even brown. 

  • Anthurium

Anthurium is a low-light plant that produces stunning red blossoms that look like waxy leaves. Keeping this plant in low-light will have an impact on the number of blossoms your anthurium will produce. However, direct light will burn this plant’s sensitive leaves. To keep this gorgeous household plant healthy, give it plenty of indirect sunlight. 

  • Rex begonia 

This plant is another on the list that does well in low-light areas of the home. It can also survive quite well under fluorescent lights. Rex begonia requires high humidity, and water once a week. 

  • Bamboo

Bamboo does exceptionally well in low-light. Grown in water, this stalk-like plant grows leaves that can burn if exposed to too much direct sunlight. Place this plant virtually anywhere in your household and it will thrive. 

  • Chinese evergreen

The Chinese evergreen is a tough plant. It loves humidity and warm temperatures, however, it will do well in a variety of household conditions. One of the best things about owning a Chinese evergreen is that it doesn’t require a lot of light. You can place this plant in a low-light setting and it will continue to grow. 

  • Prayer plant

Native to Brazil, the prayer plant’s leaves have distinct green markings with a hint of purplish red. While the prayer plant does well in low-light areas of the household, it does best in bright, indirect sunlight. This is a plant that also loves humidity so its soil should be kept moist but not damp.  

This dramatic indoor plant is best kept in indirect sunlight. While it will grow in very low-light, it won’t grow as quickly. That being said, trying to grow a monstera in direct sunlight will result in burnt leaves. Keep this plant in full or partial shade for best results.  

  • Bird nest fern

Bird nest ferns have crinkly leaves that give your space a burst of fun. What’s even more fun is that these ferns don’t need direct sunlight to stay happy and healthy. Put your bird nest fern somewhere with a lot of indirect or low-light. The crinkle in this fern’s leaves will tell you when you’ve got it right. 

  • Cast iron plant

If you have a room with no windows, the cast iron plant might be just the plant you’re looking for! Cast iron plants only need water when the top inch of soil is dry. This plant is incredibly hardy and can tolerate drought in addition to low-light environments. 

Low-Light Indoor Plants

There you have it, 15 low-light plants that you can grow in your household today! Have more questions about houseplants for low-light conditions? Get involved in your indoor plant decor. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.

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