- Houseplants to Grow in Low-Light Areas
- The Biology of Low Light Indoor Plants
- Great Read: Grow in the Dark
- Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
- Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)
- Dracaena fragrans (Corn Plant)
- Epipremnum aureum (Pothos / Devil’s Ivy)
- Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
- Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
- Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
- Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
- Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Zee Zee Plant)
- The 15 Best Indoor Flowering Plants
- Flowering Houseplants Care Tips
- Where To Buy Flowering Indoor Plants
- 9 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants That Purify The Air Around You
- Can A Plant Survive Without Sunlight?
- What Happens When A Plant Does Not Get Sunlight?
- Low Light Indoor Plants List
- Where To Buy Indoor Plants That Grow Well In Low Light
- Grow Lights For Houseplants
Houseplants to Grow in Low-Light Areas
These are the best low light indoor plants! If you need to brighten up a dark corner or add a little life to your basement, one of these gorgeous low light plants are sure to do the trick. Here’s which plants thrive without rays, and how to care for them.
Adding plants to the house is my favorite way to bring a little lift to any room. Having plants around makes everything feel lighter, brighter, and more alive. Houseplants add color and texture to a room, purify the air, and just look nice.
The Biology of Low Light Indoor Plants
Often people think you can only have house plants in bright spaces that receive plenty of nutrients from the sun. Thankfully, that isn’t always the case.
A handful of tropical, broad-leaf plants are primed for low-light situations through basic biology: large leaves that soak up as much light as possible. Some also have a waxy outer layer that helps to retain moisture and makes them double-duty crowd-pleasers and low-maintenance indoor plants as well.
How to Care for Low Light Plants Indoors
I often get asked about the care of indoor plants that prefer low light, and my answer is always the same: it depends on the type of plant.
That being said, it is generally true that low light plants don’t require much water, so caring for them can be as simple as planting them in well-drained soil and watering on a monthly basis.
Great Read: Grow in the Dark
I originally wrote this post years ago, but I wanted to update this to include a bit of info about a fantastic resource for growing plants in the darker areas of your home. Grow in the Dark is written by the houseplant guru, Lisa Eldfred Steinbkopf.
I had the chance to meet Lisa at an event in Dallas last year after being a long time fan of her as a houseplant expert. She has another book that I refer to all the time for houseplant care, Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants.
If you’re interested in diving deep into the fascinating world of low light plants, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Grow in the Dark. I’m including some quotes and info from Lisa throughout this post.
Here are a few of my favorite houseplants that thrive in low-light areas. I hope they bring as much cheer to your home as they have to mine!
Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
Aglaonema has striking variegated leaves in shades of red, pink, yellow, and green. Pop this plant in a space that needs some color and you won’t have any need for flowers.
Chinese evergreens thrive in low-light areas and they are also very drought tolerant, so if you forget to water it for a while there will be no harm done. Perfect for people new to houseplants or those who consider themselves “black thumb gardeners.”
When choosing a Chinese evergreen, pay close attention to the color of the plant, says Steinbkopf. “The older hybrids, mostly green colored, can take low light and grow well. The newer colorful hybrids need medium light and do well in an east or west window. If placed in low light, they will lose their bright coloration.” – Grow in the Dark
Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)
Spider plants love low light and do not require much attention other than occasional watering when the soil feels dry. They send out long spindly leaves and small white flowers that will cascade down the edge of their container, making them a great choice for an indoor hanging basket.
Dracaena fragrans (Corn Plant)
These low-maintenance houseplants look like small tropical palms, so they will bring a ray of sunshine to that dim, drab area you’ve been meaning to spruce up. Place it somewhere that doesn’t get any direct sunlight and water occasionally, being careful not to overwater. Here’s a bit more info about watering this plant:
“It is important to water evenly over the whole potting medium to avoid rotting the corn plant’s canes. These canes can have small root systems and may need to be straightened after traveling home as well as later as they settle in. Be careful when straightening the canes not to firm the medium too much, which will compact it and force the oxygen out. As they grow, the root systems will get larger and be better able to support the canes.” – Grow in the Dark
Keep in mind that corn plant is toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have a furry friend that likes to chew on the houseplants, skip this one.
Epipremnum aureum (Pothos / Devil’s Ivy)
If you want a plant that can lend itself to a hanging basket in a low-light spot, this one’s for you! Plant it in a basket or up on a pedestal and watch the variegated green leaves trail down in an elegant display.
Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
Marantha leuconeura is a good choice if you want something with a low light indoor plant with bright foliage to add a pop of color to a drab area of the house because its leaves have variegation in rich green, purple, yellow, and red.
This houseplant needs to be kept out of direct sunlight in order for the variegated pattern on the leaves to remain vibrant. Plant it in well-draining soil and mist its leaves regularly. The leaves will point upwards at night like hands in prayer, which is where it got its common name “prayer plant.”
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
If you want something that blooms to bring a little color to a dark corner of your home, choose a moth orchid! They like low light and will bloom away happily if planted in a soil-less orchid mix, watered regularly, and given a simple humidity tray.
Sansevieria (Snake Plant)
Snake plants are known for being difficult to kill, so they are perfect for a small windowless bathroom, stairway, or bedroom corner. Sansevieria is a type of succulent, which means it retains water in its leaves and can be easy to overwater. Pay attention and only water when the soil feels completely dry to the touch, every three weeks or so.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
These pretty houseplants have lush, dark green leaves and delicate white flowers, but in addition to being beautiful, they also do an exceptional job of cleaning the air and keeping it healthy for us. Peace lilies do well in dark or bright areas, so feel free to place these all over your home if you like!
These plants like to be kept moist and humid, so water regularly and mist the leaves as well to keep your peace lily happy and blooming. If you aren’t watering it enough, you will know because the leaves will droop. Don’t worry, if you see this happening just give it a good drink and watch it perk back up in no time. Peace lilies take well to propagation, so you can divide them and get new plants for other dark areas in your home.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Zee Zee Plant)
Not only does this houseplant grow happily in low-light areas of the home, but it is also very low maintenance and can be left alone with no attention at all for long periods of time, so you can go on vacation and not worry about coming home to a dead plant. Its glossy, bright green leaves add a cheerful pop of color to any dark space.
Plus, this plant is one that can propagate! Here’s what Grow in the Dark has to say:
“The unusual part of this plant is that it can grow new plants from an individual leaflet, but it takes quite a long time. Place the cut end into moist potting medium and cover with plastic or glass. This process may take many months. The plant can also be divided.”
There you have it! Go ahead and add some plants to that drab corner–you’ll be amazed at how much more welcoming it looks and how much better you feel as a result.
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Who doesn’t love pretty indoor flowering plants? Green houseplants are great, but wouldn’t you rather grow colorful indoor plants that bloom all year round? Well then you’re in the right place! In this post, I’ll share my top picks for the best flowering houseplants that anyone can grow!
Many types of houseplants with flowers you see at garden centers are sold as gift plants. That’s because some of these plants need special care (and sometimes even a greenhouse environment) in order to rebloom. So most people just toss them out once they’re done flowering.
I don’t have a greenhouse, but I love surrounding myself with indoor blooming plants. Over the years, I’ve had great luck growing several different types of flowering houseplants. So I thought I would put together a list of flowering plants to grow indoors that don’t require tons of special care (or a greenhouse!) to get them to bloom.
This list is for anyone who wants to enjoy pretty houseplants that bloom all year round without a ton of fuss! Most of these are very easy to care for, and can usually be found at any garden center.
The 15 Best Indoor Flowering Plants
This list of my top picks for the best flowering houseplants has indoor plants that are not only gorgeous when in bloom, but ones that are the easiest for the average indoor gardener to care for and rebloom.
I am able to get all of these plants to bloom year after year, and I’ve had many of these plants for several years. Some of them are even winter blooming houseplants, which is awesome! Here’s my list of indoor flowering plants…
Hibiscus tropical houseplants with red flowers
1. Hibiscus – Tropical hibiscus plants make fairly low maintenance houseplants, and they bloom throughout the entire winter near a sunny window in my basement. Though they make good houseplants, in order for them to flower, they do need to be next to a sunny window, or you can use a grow light.
2. Crown of thorns – Crown of thorns are easy to grow houseplants that flower year round. These cool indoor plants are in the euphorbia family, so care for them just like you would care for succulent plants.
3. Amaryllis – A popular holiday gift plant, amaryllis can be kept after the flowers fade, and grown as houseplants. They’re good indoor plants, and given the right conditions your amaryllis flower bulbs will bloom every winter. You can learn all about amaryllis plant care here.
Amaryllis houseplants with big red flowers
4. African violets – It’s easy to see why African violets are one of the most popular indoor flowering plants to collect, there are so many cool varieties out there! African violets are easy to grow indoor plants that bloom year round. Plus they’re simple to propagate, and are the perfect flowering houseplants for beginners!
5. Flowering Maple – Flowering maples aren’t considered common indoor plants, and I’m not sure why. They are in the same family as tropical hibiscus plants, and just as easy to care for. Plus they’re unique indoor plants that flower all year long in a sunny window.
6. Peace lily – Maybe the most common houseplants that bloom, peace lilies have a lot going for them. They are one of the best indoor flowering plants for low light, rarely have problems with houseplant pests, will bloom almost constantly under the right conditions, and are even air purifying houseplants! Wow! Learn how to care for peace lilies here.
Peace lily houseplant with white blooms
7. Goldfish plant – This unusual houseplant with small orange flowers gets it’s name because the blooms look like tiny fish. Goldfish plants are beautiful houseplants that flower all year round. This cute little plant is perfect for growing indoors because it doesn’t need a ton of light or humidity to thrive.
8. Lipstick plant – The lipstick plant is one of my favorite flowering indoor houseplants. They look great set atop a pedestal or small side table, or planted in a hanging baskets where these vining houseplants can cascade over the top. They might just be the most beautiful indoor plants ever! Learn all about lipstick plant care here.
9. Bromeliads – Bromeliads are wonderful tropical indoor plants, and one of the best flowering houseplants for low light. They’re pretty easy houseplants, and really fun to grow too. Water your bromeliad by filling the center vase of leaves, keep the water fresh, and your bromeliad will thrive. Learn how to care for bromeliads here.
Bromeliad houseplant with red blooms
10. Holiday cacti – Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti are wonderful flowering indoor houseplants that are commonly sold as gift plants around the holidays. That’s because they are cheery winter flowering houseplants, and they’re easy to care for too. Treat them right and they will bloom every year around their respective holiday. Learn more about holiday cacti care here.
11. Aloes – There are tons of different types of aloe plants, and some of them are really great indoor flowering plants. Many of them are winter blooming plants, and some varieties flower almost all year round. They’re easy indoor plants to grow too since they’re succulents. Add a few blooming aloes to your collection, and you’re sure to have beautiful flowers all winter long. Learn how to care for aloe houseplants here.
Aloe indoor plant with orange flowers
12. Begonias – Commonly sold as annual flowers in the spring, there are many types of begonia plants that can be brought into the house. They make great flowering indoor houseplants. Many varieties are also very colorful plants with stunning foliage, which is a double bonus! Learn how to grow begonias here.
13. Orchids – There are so many different varieties of orchid plants that you could fill your home with them! Orchids are definitely one of the most common indoor flowering plants, and some varieties are easier to grow than others. If you want to try your hand at growing these pretty indoor plants, start with a variety that is easily found for sale at garden centers, like Phalaenopsis orchids. Learn how to care for orchids here.
Indoor orchid plants with pink flowers
14. Cyclamen – Another popular gift plant, cyclamens are one of the most popular indoor plants sold in garden centers around the holidays. They’re excellent indoor winter plants that flower for a really long time. The cool thing about this plant is that their growing season is the opposite than most other types of indoor plants. They bloom in the winter and go dormant in the summer. Read all about cyclamen plant care here.
15. Kalanchoe – Many varieties of kalanchoe plants will flower consistently as long as they get enough light. This popular houseplant is notorious for growing leggy when it’s not getting enough sun, so make sure to keep it on a sunny window ledge or use a grow light. Treat kalanchoe plants just like you would treat your favorite succulent plants, and they will thrive in your home.
Kalanchoe houseplant with small red flowers
Flowering Houseplants Care Tips
Caring for houseplants in bloom is a bit different than it is for your basic green indoor plants. Most flowering indoor plants need a little more care in order for them to bloom reliably.
Some will need more light and fertilizer than indoor foliage plants. While others are at a greater risk of being infested by bugs, or might be a bit more fussy about watering.
So, to make taking care of houseplants easier for you, I wanted to give you some indoor plant care tips to help you out. Here are my quick tips for how to care for houseplants that flower…
- Light – Typically, indoor flowering houseplants will need more light than foliage houseplants. That’s because they need to build up extra energy in order to produce flowers. If you don’t have a lot of sunlight in your house, you can use grow lights for indoor plants. Using a small indoor plant grow light plugged into an outlet timer is usually all they need, and doesn’t cost much.
- Fertilizer – Since they need lots of energy in order to bloom, most flowering indoor plants will need to be fertilized regularly. Organic compost tea or a general houseplant fertilizer will work great in most cases. Otherwise you can buy indoor plant fertilizer specifically for the plants you have, like for African violets, for orchids or for hibiscus plants for example.
- Watering – Some types of indoor flowering plants need to be watered more often than others. Improper watering is the most common cause of houseplant death, and can also have an impact on whether plants bloom or not. So, if you struggle with watering your plants, then I recommend getting an inexpensive houseplant water meter gauge to help you get it just right.
- Houseplant bugs – Another common problem with growing houseplants indoors is dealing with pests. Some plants are more susceptible to being attacked by bugs than others. So it’s important to know the signs, and keep a close eye out for pest infestations. Neem oil is a natural pesticide, and works great. You can also use an organic insecticidal soap, or make your own using 1 tsp mild liquid soap to 1 liter of water.
Where To Buy Flowering Indoor Plants
If you’re wondering where to buy indoor houseplants that flower, you should be able to find lots of nice indoor plants for sale at your local garden center, especially during the fall and winter months. You can also find flowering houseplants for sale online year round.
I hope that this easy care flowering houseplants list gave you some great ideas for new plants to add to your indoor plant collection. Be sure to buy a few of them so that you can surround yourself with beautiful blooming houseplants all year long!
Growing indoor plants during the winter is much harder than it is the rest of the year. If you struggle to keep healthy houseplants through the winter, then my Winter Houseplants Care eBook is exactly what you need! It will teach you everything you need to know about how to grow houseplants and keep them thriving all year round!
Recommended Houseplant Books
- The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual
- The Indestructible Houseplant
- The Unexpected Houseplant
- The House Plant Expert
- Indoor Plant Decor
- Plant By Numbers
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Share your picks for the best flowering houseplants in the comments section below.
9 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants That Purify The Air Around You
Believe it or not, indoor plants possess an inexplicable magic! Their powers are definitely not of the mystical kind, but of those that can instantly transform the look of your place.
Unlike having to match décor accents, indoor plants will instantly match any existing colour scheme and will give a fresh spin on the overall look in your space! Not only will a touch of nature’s green perk up your space, certain indoor plants can also help clean the environment in your home.
Indoor plants look best placed in empty corners, tabletops and shelves. Fret not about worrying you will not be able to take care of them – these green friends are pretty much bulletproof (and idiot-proof!).
You have probably heard of the aloe vera from product labels. Smaller aloe plants will thrive in sunny indoor spaces. Place them in small pots or place them on tabletops and side tables as a décor accent. They need very little care so it’s perfect if you’re a time-starved individual that can’t commit to a plant that is higher maintenance!
How to care for it: Aloe plants work best in temperatures around 21 degrees with lots of sunlight. As it is a succulent, use dry soil and water it only once a week. Avoid frequent watering, as this will cause the aloe to drown.
2/ Spider Plant
Because of the unusual arrangement of its leaves, this plant will add a visual uniqueness to your space. This plant looks good in pots but can also work as a hanging ornament.
How to care for it: Spider plants thrive in moist soil that is evenly watered. Place them in bright or medium sunlight at 18-23 degrees.
3/ Rubber Tree
If you want a classic or old school vibe, a rubber tree might work well with you. Its overall appearance looks very conventional and will look good on top of high stools or shelves.
Not to mention, its dark green leaves have a dramatic shine whenever light hits it. To maintain its medium size, constantly just trim or shape it.
How to care for it: In between watering, allow the surface of the soil to dry out. Snake plants do well in medium to bright light conditions and in temperatures from 15-26 degrees.
4/ Snake Plant
Also known as Saint George’s sword, this plant is ideal for any place in your room! It can look good in corners or dividers for various spaces. Its leaves grow upright and have yellow or white edges – it sometimes blooms white flowers too!
To make this plant truly stand out, place it in stylish pots or vases for that modern and contemporary look.
How to care for it: Snake plants grow well in various lighting conditions. But bear in mind that the air and soil should be relatively dry.
Probably the go-to indoor plants for some, cacti are timeless plants that have the flair and modern appeal. A cactus’ unique shape and texture gives your room a more interesting design. It even looks cooler when paired with colourful and funky containers or flowerpots.
How to care for it: It really depends on the kind of cactus you have bought. Some thrive outdoors while others do better indoors – check with the nursery or read the labels before buying! Indoor cactuses generally don’t need a lot of sunlight – though it’ll be good if you want them to flower! Keep the soil dry and water them every 2 weeks.
6/ Boston Fern
Ferns in general are extremely lush and look sophisticated when placed on high stools, pedestals or when hung! Display it as a vertical décor piece and watch the fern add a tropical vibe to your room.
How to care for it: Water it once a week and place in bright but indirect light. Mist it weekly to replicate the humidity that it usually thrives in.
7/ Fiddle Leaf
A fiddle leaf is famous for its leather-like leaves. They have a classy look and will work well in almost any area of your home. Since they grow vertically, they might look best in corners.
How to care for it: The fiddle leaf would do well in 18-24 degrees and in bright to medium lighting conditions. Like the rubber tree, allow the surface of the soil to dry out in between watering. If the colours of the fiddle leaf start to pale, move it to a dimmer spot.
8/ Parlour Palm
This specific plant can grow up to 8 feet and is usually 1 to 3 feet wide. Place it in a large planter’s pot and position it in any corner of your room. Parlor Palms will give your room a warm and tropical feel.
How to care for it: Place the palm in indirect light. Keep the soil relatively dry and water only on alternate weeks.
Pothos is one of the easiest plants to take care of. Its thick leaves retain water, requiring less of your time to water it every day. The yellow and white leaves will certainly brighten and refresh the look of your room.
Apart from its aesthetic quality, Pothos also has air-purifying qualities. It absorbs toxins like formaldehyde from materials at home – like the carpet!
How to care for it: Pothos works in a range of lighting conditions. Place it in regular room temperature and allow the soil to dry in between watering.
Who says you need a green thumb to have a beautiful indoor plant collection? With these low maintenance plants, you can enjoy taking care of plants without having to worry about how often you water or trim them.
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If you’re looking for indoor plants that require little light, then you’re in the right place! There are lots of good houseplants for low light areas that are easy to care for too! Here’s a list of my top picks for the best low maintenance, low light indoor plants for your home.
One of the biggest problems that many houseplant lovers face is the low light conditions in their home. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if every room in your house had huge south-facing windows? …Dreamy!
But, back in the real world, nobody has that much sunlight in their home, and many rooms get no sunlight at all.
If this sounds familiar to you, and you’re wondering what plants grow indoors with little sunlight, I’ve put together a list of low maintenance, low light indoor plants to get you started.
But first, I must dispel a myth that’s been going around the internet lately… houseplants that grow in the dark?
Indoor vines low light ivy houseplants
Can A Plant Survive Without Sunlight?
NO! There is no such thing as real indoor plants that grow in complete darkness. Plants need light in order to live and grow, and it wouldn’t take long for them to die if left in complete darkness.
So I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re looking for plants for windowless rooms that are completely dark most of the time like your basement, kitchen or bathroom… well, then it’s time to go shopping for silk plants – or lights for houseplants.
Dumb cane are common houseplants for low light conditions
What Happens When A Plant Does Not Get Sunlight?
When plants don’t get enough light, they will first start to grow long and leggy. They might even start to lean towards the light if there’s a window or light source nearby.
This is a very common problem with indoor plants, and one of the first sign that a houseplant needs more light.
Plants that aren’t getting enough light will also start to lose their color, and start to look dull or even transparent.
But don’t worry, most rooms in the house get some natural light, and there are lots of houseplants that tolerate low light conditions, or can adapt to them.
There are even houseplants that thrive in low light areas of the average home, and will suffer if they get too much sunlight! Below is a list of my top picks of the best indoor plants for low light areas of your home…
Arrowhead vines are good houseplants that need very little light
Low Light Indoor Plants List
1. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) – Named for the fact that it’s an extremely tough plant, cast iron plants thrive on neglect!
They are one of the best houseplants for very low light conditions, and will happily grow in just about any area of your home.
Stick it in a corner and keep the soil on the dry side, and your cast iron plant will happily grow for years with very little care.
2. Philodendron – There are tons of different varieties of philodendron houseplants out there, and they are some of the best low light houseplants you can grow!
Keep your philodendron out of the sun, water it regularly (but don’t overwater it), and it will thrive for you.
Philodendron are easy houseplants that require very little light
3. Lucky bamboo – Commonly sold growing in vases of water, lucky bamboo are perfect indoor plants for low light rooms. Keep the water fresh and your indoor bamboo plant will thrive for years.
4. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) – Unique indoor plants that prefer to be grown in a low light area, prayer plants are super fun to grow!
Their leaves are open during the day and then close up at night like little prayer hands, which is where they get their name.
Prayer plants will even get tiny flowers on them when they’re happy, which makes them great low light flowering plants too!
Prayer plant low light flowering houseplants
5. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) – The first time you see this plant, you’ll understand why it’s nickname is “corn plant”. It looks a lot like a corn plant that you’d grow in your garden.
Not only are dracaena fragrans good indoor plants for low light conditions, they are also beautiful, and are super low maintenance indoor plants too! I’ve had one growing in the corner of my kitchen next to a north facing window for years!
6. Snake Plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) – There’s no such thing as a “no-care” houseplant, but snake plants are about the closest thing you can get.
Snake plants are good low light plants, they will grow in just about any area of your home, and they thrive on neglect.
Only water your snake plant when the soil is dry and keep it out of direct sunlight, and your snake plant will grow for years to come!
Snake plant low light low maintenance plants
7. Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) – Things I love the most about dragon trees are all the colors (though the most colorful ones grow better with bright light), and the fact that they are awesome low light tropical houseplants!
Dracaenas look dramatic in a pot by themselves, but also make a wonderful addition to a mixed planter. They would add a very nice contrast to any of the houseplants on this list in combined containers.
8. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) – Another one of my favorite easy low light plants, Chinese evergreens make great houseplants.
Not only is the foliage gorgeous, but they also get pretty little white flowers when they’re happy, and bright red berries after the flowers die.
Chinese evergreen indoor plants that need little sunlight
9. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) – Easy low light houseplants, and one of the most popular indoor plants out there, parlor palms are gorgeous.
Keep the soil evenly moist, and it will happily grow in a shady spot. Read my comprehensive indoor palm plant care guide for more information.
10. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum, aka devil’s ivy) – One of the all-time best low care indoor plants, pothos are also super easy to propagate and rarely have any problems with houseplant pests.
This is one of the first houseplants I’ve ever owned, and pothos will always have a spot in my houseplant collection.
Pothos are perfect for growing in hanging baskets, or just allowing the vines to cascade over a coffee table or bookshelf.
Heck, you can even train the vines to grow vertically on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole. Pothos plants are perfect houseplants for beginners! Learn all about growing it here.
Pothos are one of the best indoor plants that need little sun
11. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) – Often thought of as a no-care houseplant, zz plants are another one of my top picks for low light, low maintenance houseplants.
Treat your zz plant just like you would treat your succulents, but keep it out of direct sunlight, and your zz plant will look amazing!
12. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – One of the most classic houseplants, spider plants are great low light indoor plants too.
There are a few different varieties of spider plants, and all of them look gorgeous in hanging baskets or set atop a pedestal.
The variegated varieties of these common indoor plants are my favorites, especially the curly leaf variety called “Bonnie”. Learn all about how to grow spider plants here.
Spider plants are easy care houseplants for low light
13. Dumb cane houseplant (Dieffenbachia) – As common low light houseplants, dumb cane plants are pretty tolerant of any home environment, and they’re very beautiful indoor plants too.
Plus they’re super easy to care for, just keep your dumb cane out of direct sunlight and water when the soil is dry. Learn how to care for dumb cane plants here.
14. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – As flowering low light air purifying houseplants, peace lilies have a lot going for them.
They’re also easy to grow indoor plants, and one of the most commonly sold houseplants on the market. Peace lilies are a staple in any houseplant collection. Read my in-depth peace lily plant care guide for more details.
Peace lilies are one of best indoor flowering plants for low light
15. Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum) – Arrowhead vines are easy indoor plants that thrives in low light areas.
They look great in mixed containers or in a pot by themselves. Arrowhead vines also fun to propagate, and it’s fun to collect all the different varieties.
16. Bromeliads – If you’re looking for low light tropical plants to add some color to your home, then bromeliads are perfect for you!
Bromeliads grow their best in low light conditions, and they come in tons of different colors. They are also one of the best flowering houseplants for low light, and they are really easy to grow.
Read my detailed bromeliad plant care guide to learn how to grow them.
Bromeliads are colorful low light plants
17. English Ivy (Hedera helix) – Another one of the best low light plants that’s commonly sold in garden centers, ivies make great houseplants!
Grow them in hanging basket, on top of bookshelves or cabinets, or you could train the vines to grow vertically on this one too by growing them on a mini obelisk, climbing plant stake, or moss pole.
18. Ferns – Another classic houseplant, ferns are such gorgeous indoor plants. Requiring little sunlight, they are perfect to grow in just about any room of your house.
As long as they get the right amount of water and are kept out of direct sunlight, ferns will grow for many years.
Ferns are indoor plants that thrive in low light
19. Peperomia – There are tons of different varieties of peperomia plants, and they all make wonderful low light indoor plants.
Peperomias look great in a hanging basket, or in mixed containers, and they are super easy to grow too. Water your peperomia regularly, but don’t overwater it, and keep it out of directly sunlight.
20. Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) – Most purple houseplants need tons of light to keep their color when grown indoors, but wandering jews will only suffer in a sunny window.
They are medium-light indoor plants, so give them bright, filtered sunlight and they will happily grow into beautiful houseplants. Read my detailed wandering jew plant care guide to learn exactly how to grow them.
Wandering jew are colorful low light houseplants
Where To Buy Indoor Plants That Grow Well In Low Light
If you’re wondering where to buy indoor plants that like low light conditions, you should be able to find houseplants for sale at you local garden center year-round, or you could always buy indoor plants online.
If you live in a cold climate like I do, it’s super easy to find low light indoor plants for sale during the fall and winter months (when most people are starting to go through gardening withdrawals!).
You can also find low light houseplants for sale online, like this cute collection of plants.
Chinese evergreens are also indoor flowering houseplants
Grow Lights For Houseplants
If you want to grow indoor plants without sunlight, or if you find that even your low light indoor plants are struggling to thrive in your home, then you can always add a grow light.
They don’t have to be expensive or fancy either. Something as simple as this small grow light might just be what your houseplants need, and it doesn’t take up much space.
If you want something larger (and fancier) that you can use for several plants, then this one would be perfect, and it’s adjustable too.
Otherwise, if you’re more of a DIYer, then you can make your own grow light setup using a shop light fixture and some grow light bulbs.
Whatever type of lights you decide to use, be sure to set them up using an outlet timer to make it super easy!
I hope this list has given you lots of ideas for some of the best houseplants that like low light conditions. Now you can spruce up that dull boring corner, and give home some life with low light indoor plants!
Even though low light indoor plants are some of the easiest houseplants to grow, it can still be difficult to keep them thriving during the dark winter months. If you struggle with indoor plant care during the winter, my Winter Houseplant Care eBook is for you! It will give you everything you need to know about how to grow plants indoors, and keep them thriving all year long. Order your copy today!
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What low light indoor plants would you add to this list? Share your favorites in the comments section below.