25 indoor plants that thrive in low light

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Raise your hand if the plants in the garden section are trembling in fear of your approach. Keep them high if you try with all your might (and Internet research skills) to help them thrive in a room with more shadows than Mordor.

Well, put your hand down. You are not doomed to a plant-free existence – just choose the greenery that matches your style…

Enter low-light houseplants. It can thrive in a dark corner and add life to a damp bathroom. With the right care (we promise, it doesn’t take much), you can be the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be.

We’ve rounded up 25 houseplants that are great options for indoor, low-light living. Note your desired price range and maintenance capabilities, then browse this list and find your new foliage friend.

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The snake plant, also known as the mother tongue, has gorgeous multicolored green leaves. This plant is not only picky about light, but also a health-promoting one.

It was among the plants in a NASA study that absorb nasty indoor air pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde. In addition, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen nightmaking it the perfect plant for a dimly lit bedroom.

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If you like plants with a bit of a shimmer and shine, then the ZZ plant might be for you. Likes bright to moderate indirect light. But It made the list because it can survive in low light, too. You’ll know if it’s getting too much light because its leaves actually curl away from too harsh light. elegant.

If you have a reputation as a plant killer, ZZ might change your luck. It is low maintenance and only needs occasional watering.

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The beautiful two-tone Chinese evergreen leaves are hard to miss and bring color to dark corners. There are many varieties to choose from.

They range from red ones to unique cultivars with silver leaves. This indoor beauty loves warm, humid climates. She will need moderate temperatures throughout the year to keep her happy.

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For the record, dumb stick is usually called by its botanical name Dieffenbachia. Its brightly colored, two-tone leaves can be up to 1 foot long. This showy plant prefers bright, indirect light, but can still thrive in low light.

It likes regular watering, but make sure the soil doesn’t look soggy or squishy or you may find yourself with an unhappy plant.

FYI: Beware that this plant is dangerous to cats and dogs, and can cause poisoning and blindness in children. Better keep it out of reach!

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The appropriately named fern is a low light plant that works both indoors and outdoors. Its leaves are similar to its namesake. They eventually turn brown and whit before being replaced by new growth. They need moderate to low light with moderate humidity.

Medieval fern does not need typical potting soil. She is vegetarian. This is a technical way of saying that they grow on vertical surfaces such as the trunk of a tree. When indoors, they can be set up in a basket or pallet with a small amount of compost or peat.

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All houseplant serial killers should try this. If you’re familiar with feng shui, you’ve likely heard of lucky bamboo.

Lucky bamboo can survive in soil or water alone. They generally prefer moderate amounts of indirect sunlight. However, too much light is more harmful than too little with this light.

FYI: Lucky bamboo leaves are slightly toxic. It should be kept away from small children and pets.

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In the great outdoors, English ivy works as a ground cover. Buildings and trees can reach 98 feet (about 30 meters) tall. When you plant leaves, the leaves fold down the plant.

This makes them a popular choice for hanging baskets or raised pots so papers can roll down a wall or bookshelf. English ivy loves shade and areas with low light. The only caveat is that its soil needs good drainage as it prefers soil that is dry to the touch.

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*sings* Spider plant, spider plant… This easy-to-manage friend sprouts new spider plants (aka pups) that look like tiny spiders at the end of their narrow, elongated leaves. Hence the name 🕷️.

These plants also made NASA’s list of air-purifying indoor plants, so they’re a beautiful and healthy addition to the home. Be prepared to water regularly. Spider plants grow quickly and prefer consistent moisture.

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The heart-shaped leaves that change from bronze to a brilliant green make it a popular houseplant. Unless you want the plant to grow tall or climbing, you need to pinch back the stems regularly.

Hearty doesn’t mind a dry climate, but you’ll want to give it a mist once in a while to keep it happy.

FYI: This is also toxic to pets.

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The monstera is often confused with the split-leaved philodendron. They are often called the Swiss cheese plant because their glossy, tropical leaves often have holes 🧀.

Its leaves grow large and wide so it needs more room to thrive. Give your monstera low light and moderate temperatures, and you’ll have a content (and unique) plant.

FYI: This is toxic. Use care around children and pets.

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The cast iron plant is as tough as its namesake. It’s not as flashy as other plants, but it makes up for it’s ease of care. This vigorous plant grows slowly but doesn’t mind low light and won’t fade if you forget to water it for a while.

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Maidenhair fern is for those who are truly dedicated to their houseplant. However, the feathery leaves and bright appearance make the high maintenance worth it.

Maidenhair fern wilts quickly in direct sunlight. This requires misting at least twice a day (or more if you live in a dry climate) and you may even need a humidifier in the driest conditions.

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Calathea plants come in several varieties. The most common are the zebra plant, snake plant, and peacock plant.

You have to keep the temperature and humidity fairly high with these guys. They like shade, but not darkest of terms. It’s a little tricky but worth the work for its gorgeous striped leaves.

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What’s not to love about brightly colored anthuriums? Anthurium actually describes a long list of plants—we’re talking about 1,000—of the araceae family (also known as the arum family).

It is a true low light indoor plant in that it does Not Like direct light at all. However, in the darkest conditions, it does not grow quickly and the flowers do not grow large. In general, this plant is not picky about humidity, but you need to be careful not to overwater.

FYI: This one is toxic to humans and pets.

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rex begonia is a little out of the ordinary. Depending on the variety, they can have swirling leaves of bizarre shapes and bright colours. Today’s rex begonias are often hybridized to obtain a particular leaf shape or color.

They form inflorescences, but the flowers are not so impressive compared to the leaves. Rex begonia prefers consistent watering. The soil should feel dry, but don’t wait until the leaves start to turn brown or you could have a problem.

FYI: This plant, especially its roots, is dangerous to pets.

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In nature, peace lilies live on the forest floor where they are heavily shaded and receive a steady dose of water. Those same conditions are exactly what they need indoors, too.

Its beautiful blooms make it a colorful addition to any home, and it will continue to bloom on and off throughout the year.

FYI: This plant can cause harm to pets (and children).

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Creeping fig curtains are beautiful and fairly easy to maintain. It is known for its rapid growth and its ability to cover up unsightly walls and fences. It is also difficult to survive in almost any light. That dark, dark corner of the living room will work just fine.

You have to keep this plant trimmed because it looks like an ugly duckling in reverse. The leaves are attractive to start with but can become dull over time.

FYI: This can cause skin irritation in the digestive and external tracts.

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Need a plant that thrives on neglect? Look no further than the relaxed ponytail. They do best in bright, indirect sunlight but will survive in low light as well. You can forget about watering this plant for a long time. Once you’ve watered, you need to make sure the roots drain well.

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If you’re looking for a quick way to spruce up your bathroom decor, consider this cute fern. In their natural habitat, they are found high in the trees of the rainforest. It prefers warm temperatures and high humidity so it makes a great bathing companion.

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Low-light indoor trees like the dragon tree bring heft and height to a room. Its red-edged leaves are very easy to grow, so beginners are likely to see success.

Choose a dark corner and give him some space. When grown indoors, it generally reaches about 6 feet in height. It can last for a long time without water. If remembering water isn’t your forte, you may have found your match.

FYI: This, if swallowed, is toxic to pets and children.

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Although the prayer plant is not the least maintenance on our list, it is relatively easy to manage once you know what needs to be done. The large, multicolored green leaves are stunning and make a little extra work worth it.

It should be kept in moist, well-draining soil and high humidity. You will also need to prune it a few times a year. Keep in mind that prayer plants are not a short-term commitment. If well cared for, they have been known to live up to 30 years.

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Pothos can live in everything from dim light to only fluorescent light. Whether in your cabin or bedroom, gravestones will survive. You will need to prune the pothos unless you want to grow vines. You only need to water once the soil is dry.

FYI: Pothos are toxic to pets and mildly toxic to humans.

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The arrowhead leaves change shape as the plant grows, giving you great variety. Vines are often used for indoor hanging baskets, but you can also train them to grow a pole for indoor topiary.

The arrowhead is not picky about light, but be careful not to overwater. In the drier months, you may need some misting.

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Indoor shrub anyone? This tropical plant loves warm climates and doesn’t mind medium, indirect light. But you will need a lot of space. Aralia ming can reach 6 to 7 feet in height when properly cared for. You should prune the lower stems to help shape the plant as it grows.

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The flower orchid (also known as the Phalaenopsis orchid) contains several orchids within the Phalaenopsis family. They have small colorful flowers that come in a variety of colors and patterns. It’s a neat autofocus.

These orchids love bright, indirect light but can handle low light like a champ. It will bloom in spring and summer even in a dark corner. They also like some moisture, so they’ll be happiest in wetter climates.

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