Low-Light Plants for Indoors

Not enough daylight in your home? Try these houseplants.

  • Mother in Laws Tongue Good Choice for Beginners

    Snake plant (Sanseviera). This amazing plant can handle very low light levels, such as bathrooms without windows and dim inside corners.

  • Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra). A great choice for brown thumbs, the cast-iron plant tolerates drought, heat and poor soil — as well as low light.

  • Philodendron. Some philodendrons, such as the varieties with heart-shaped leaves, do well in artificial or ambient light. Fiddle-leaf and split-leaf philodendrons need brighter light.

  • Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema). Although the dozens of Aglaonema varieties all tolerate poorly lit areas, the variegated forms with more yellow or white need a little more light. Keep this tropical plant above 60 degrees F, and mist often.

  • Peace Lily Needs Soft Light to Bloom

    Peace lily. This popular housewarming gift tolerates low to medium light, but it needs soft, bright light for flowering. Position them on a north-facing windowsill, shielded from direct sunlight. The plant will then flower at various intervals.

  • Luna Plant has Heart Shaped Leaves with Deep Veins

    Peperomia. This family of houseplants offers a huge amount of variety in color and leaf texture. Although they probably prefer fairly bright, indirect light, they will tolerate fairly dark locations.

  • Parlor Palm is Suitable Plant for Home or Office

    Parlor palm. Like many houseplants, the parlor palm is geared toward life in a tropical forest, so even if it's positioned several feet from a window, it will do fine.

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