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30 Best Low-Light Indoor Plants

These houseplants are perfect for homes and offices with little or no natural sunlight.

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Photo: Costa Farms. From: Lynn Coulter.

Low-Light Indoor Plants for Home or Office

Have you been afraid to try growing houseplants in your home, or a particular room, because you think you don't have enough light? Fear not! These 30 indoor plants thrive in low-light conditions and are also easy to grow.

If you are not sure what kind of light you have, consider this: A south-facing room with lots of windows has high light. Medium light would be in an east- or west-facing room. North-facing rooms or rooms with no windows are considered low-light rooms. If your room has no windows, you should leave grow lights on for 12 hours a day. And if you're not sure what direction your room faces, try using the compass on your phone to figure it out.

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Bromeliad Guzmania

You might think this bromeliad needs a lot of light to produce such vivid colors. But guzmanias prefer low light and can't take direct sun. Many other bromeliads also thrive in low light conditions, so check the tag or label on your variety before you buy.

Guzmania — the most common houseplant variety of bromeliad — blooms in clusters of red, orange, yellow, purple and white flowers. Their height varies by species, but they can grow as tall as 2 feet.

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Photo: Image courtesy of Costa Farms

ZZ Plant

ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) grows well in a dry environment and pushes the low-light limit to its extreme. Native to East Africa and Tanzania where it thrives in heat and drought, ZZ has become a popular houseplant because of its tolerance for less-than-perfect conditions.

ZZ features graceful stems bearing waxy, oval, dark green leaves and grows 2 to 3 feet tall.

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Photo: Costa Farms

Ponytail Palm

Native to semi-desert areas in Mexico, ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) are actually succulents in the agave family. They store water in their trunks, which can enlarge and resemble an elephant’s foot. These are some of the easiest tropical plants to grow, happy in low to bright, indirect light and they don't need much water.

Indoors, ponytail palms grow 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.

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