Houseplant Varieties for Low Light

Living room with bookshelf and books and to the right is a table with three white pots with sansevieria houseplantsHouseplants varieties that do well in low light

These plants do well with light from a North facing window, or in rooms that have windows that let in very little light. Many of the rooms in our homes, especially in winter, most likely meet the low light standards for houseplants.

  • Asparagus Fern Asparagus setaceus houseplant Asparagus Fern Asparagus setaceus: Great for hanging baskets and for cleaning the indoor air during the winter months, the asparagus fern may flower - tiny white blooms
  • Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior houseplant Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior: Very hearty, tough plant. Can survive most conditions. Excellent choice if you don't have a lot of time to care for plants, but still want the benefits they provide.
  • Dragon Tree houseplant Dragon Tree Plant Dracaena marginata: This plant is an excellent houseplant for a beginner. It tolerates various light conditions and a range of temperatures. It does well in loamy- well draining soil and was listed by NASA as an excellent plant for removing harmful chemicals from the air.
  • Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia houseplant Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia: Broad-leaved foliage plant with thick succulent stems. Popular for its ease of care and comes in a variety of leaf patterns.
  • Flamingo Flower Anthurium andraeanum houseplant Flamingo Flower Anthurium andraeanum : Blooming more or less continuously in optimum conditions. Needs consisten moisture year round. Loved for it's tropical look.
  • Lucky Bamboo Dracaena sanderiana houseplant Lucky Bamboo Dracaena sanderiana: Said to bring good luck and fortune, Lucky Bamboo is nearly indestructible. Their tough stalks can survive in vases of pure water or in containers of soil, and in a wide variety of light conditions.
  • Maidenhair Fern houseplant Maidenhair Fern Adiantum raddianum: - offers stunning foliage and if you can meet its needs, including high humidity, will live a a long time.
  • Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans: - Very popular houseplant with rich green, slightly arched and slender leaves. Perfect for small spaces.
  • Peace Lily Spathiphyllum houseplant Peace Lily Spathiphyllum: - Grow well in low light and will produce white cupped flowers.
  • Philodendron Philodendron houseplant Philodendron Philodendron: - A popular plant among beginners.  With its big green leaves, it's kind enough to let you know what it needs.
  • Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata houseplant Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata: They are related to the pineapple and can add incredible tropical color to your home. Simply water overhead into the center cup of the plant and place in an area with lots of bright light. May need additional humidity if your home is in a dry climate.
  • Golden Pothos Houseplant Pothos (Golden) Epipremnum aureum: Also goes by the name devil's ivy because it's impervious to death. These beauties are perfect for offices, or planter shelves where they can show off.
  • Prayer Plant Maranta leuconeura houseplant Prayer Plant Maranta leuconeura: Easy to grow but has specific needs. Indirect light, humidity, water with warm water and feed every two weeks.
  • Rattlesnake Plant Calathea lancifolia houseplant Rattlesnake Plant Calathea lancifolia: - There are a few varieties of Calathea and all are colorful with often unusual markings. Two of the most popular species are Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake calathea), and the Calathea ornata (Pinstripe calathea).
  • Sansevieria or Snake Plant Dracaena trifasciata houseplant Sansevieria or Snake Plant Dracaena trifasciata: - Stiff spear like leaves have a glossy texture. This elegant looking plant has clusters of flowers on thin stalks.
  • Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum houseplant Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum: Incredibly easy to care for and adaptible, the spider plant has very few challenges minus a few brown tips here and there.
  • Triostar Stromanthe Stromanthe sanguinea houseplant Triostar Stromanthe Stromanthe sanguinea:
  • ZZ Plant (Zanzibar Gem) Zamioculcas houseplant ZZ Plant (Zanzibar Gem) Zamioculcas: - Excellent texture and thick straight stems with dark green leaves.

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