Adding plants inside your home have some amazing benefits such as keeping the air temperatures down and reducing airborne dust levels. But you can’t just take plants inside your home as they need extensive care, too.
The major problem in getting indoor plants is finding a perfect place for them. Obviously, plants need exposure to solar energy or sunlight, but too much exposure can cause fading of their leaves or become scorched. Putting them in low light can cause them to stop blooming or growing to their full extent. Sometimes, it means istant kill for some plants.
If you have rooms with south and west-facing windows, then that’s where light-hungry plants should be placed while east and north-facing windows, bathrooms, home offices, basements and windows shaded by trees are the places that light barely touches.
However, if you find yourself dealing with placement problem, why not try getting these 15 houseplants that can live in low light.
Table of Contents
- 1. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
- 2. Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)
- 3. Zebra Plant (Calathea zebrina)
- 4. Aloe Vera (Aloe)
- 5. African Violets (Saintpaulia)
- 6. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
- 7. Nerve Plant (Fittonia sp.)
- 8. Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae sp.)
- 9. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
- 10. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
- 11. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans “Massangeana”)
- 12. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
- 13. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
- 14. Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)
- 15. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)
- 16. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)
1. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Displaying an array of spiky leaves atop of a narrow and curvaceous cane, Dragon tree offers a stylish view without needing too much care. It can grow in shaded space and really dislikes direct sunlight.
2. Rex Begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum)
Rex Begonias are considered perennials in tropical climates that are frost tender and love shaded areas with good humidity. Typically an outdoor plant, Rex Begonias are great indoor plants too, offering hues of green, pink and silver.
3. Zebra Plant (Calathea zebrina)
Emerging from the shaded tropics of Brazil, Zebra plant absolutely hates sunlight that causes its dazzling leaves to scorch. Featuring a boldly patterned dark green stripes along with the underside of the leaf showing a lovely tone of purple, this plant is one of the best indoor plants out there.
4. Aloe Vera (Aloe)
This plant originated from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is commonly used for medicinal and agricultural purposes. Aloe plant best fits with your desk or bedside table, demanding indirect light and minimal soak a week.
5. African Violets (Saintpaulia)
Blooming several times in a year, African Violets became one of the most popular indoor plants in the world today. It loves bright areas but dislikes direct contact with sunlight.
6. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Swiss cheese plant features two foot wide fronds with beautiful oblong gaps in the leaves that is a native to Mexican jungles. This plant is a natural climber that can grow up to 20 meters in height along with its glossy, heart-shaped leaves. Plant it in a container and place it in a partially shaded space like a north-facing window.
7. Nerve Plant (Fittonia sp.)
Nerve plant offers unique and eye-catching look because of its colorful leaves ranging from red to pink. This plant flourishes within a high humidity environment, which is a perfect addition for terrariums. Although it can withstand low light treatment, it is best to place it in bright places.
8. Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae sp.)
Bromeliads have a large family, spanning more than 3,000 species and adapted numerous environments. But Bromeliads that thrive under the dark spaces in the forest are Nidularium longiflorum, Vriesea, and Guzmania, all possess a handsome look that can tolerate bright and filtered light but prefer to live under the shade.
9. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
Named upon its large arrow-shaped leaves, Arrowhead vine has a carefree vibe, same with its brethren peace lily, dieffenbachia and philodendron. It is a polychromatic plant, ranging from pure green to cream, pink and yellow. Arrowhead vine can be planted in a hanging basket and needs medium or indirect light. It is fine to be planted in dark spots, but this plant is more beautiful if placed in light places.
10. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Featuring a swollen thick stem as its base, which stores water topped by thin tendrils that has a craving of curling, Ponytail Palm or Elephant’s foot tree is an elegant addition to home plants collection. It can live without watering for weeks and absolutely okay to be placed in low light spots. Try moving to brighter locations occasionally to keep the plant happy.
11. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans “Massangeana”)
Dracaena corn plant offers a tropical vibe in the house, which also has spray of arching strap leaves, providing a palm-like view. This plant is perfect for an open living space, as it loves bright and sunny spots. It can live in low light as well, but be sure to treat it with some sunlight occasionally to give the plant a boost in color and growth.
12. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Cast Iron Plant got its name because of its iron will to live. It can tolerate fatal conditions for most plants, as it has adapted the abysmal full-shaded spots in forest floors and can live just by less than an hour of direct sunlight a day and with very little water. As a Japanese native, it shows the Samurai style of tenacity in its dark green sword-like leaves.
13. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Hailing from Africa, you would guess this plant grows in a desert, but ZZ plant is a tough tropical plant, enjoying dense forests and savannas. With long and neat stems dotted with symmetrical glossy green oval leaves, this plant savors indirect light but can live in a window-less space such as home office, without being greatly affected, but be sure to keep it happy by treating it with a flourescent lighting. Probably its most wonderful features are its superior air purifier nature and its fat stems at the base of the plant, holding immeasurable amounts of water during drought, enabling ZZ plant to live for four months without getting water.
14. Northern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)
Most commonly known as the Five-fingered fern due to various narrow fronds set after a black stem, this northern maidenhair fern waves with the wind and has a unique fan-like pattern among native ferns. This houseplant loves partial to full shade, but needs sunlight between one to five hours a day to keep it happy.
15. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)
This plant can grow up to five feet in height, and is a great addition to any plant collection. This plant loves to be displayed on a north or east-facing window and needs to keep its soil dry between waterings. Be careful though, as Dumb cane can harm kids and pets if it’s ingested even with the smallest amount, causing the victims’ tongue to swell, disabling them to speak temporarily.
16. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)
Lucky bamboo hails from Africa despite being well known as household plant in Chinese culture. Known as prosperity and success bringer, Lucky bamboo features hard stalks and can grow two to three feet in height. This plant is perfect for spots in home spaces without low and indirect light such as bathrooms.
Inspiration for this post: Natural Living Ideas (with permission)