Top 10 best low light indoor plants

Did you just Google ‘Best low light indoor plants? Then you have come to the right place. Maybe you’re not blessed with a south or west-facing window but you still want to create your own little indoor jungle? Luckily there are numerous plants that survive and sometimes thrive in low-light conditions. Here is our list of 10 low light indoor plants:

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Prayer Plant
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Dumb Cane Plant

Prayer plant

Botanical name: Marantha Leuconeura

The Prayer Plant is a true feast for the eye and very photogenic! The dynamic Prayer Plant will treat you to different angles as the day goes by. At night, the leaves of this plant tend to fold together like praying hands, hence its common name. The ‘Maranta Leuconeura’ species has some of the most strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves you have ever seen. Even though Prayer Plants prefer bright but indirect light they can survive in low light conditions. If you notice that its leaves don’t reopen in the morning it means that there’s not enough light.

Dumb Cane Plant

Botanical name: Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia or Dumb Canes are great low light indoor plants because most species can survive low light conditions. Please note that depending on the variety, the growth might stagnate if there is not enough light. So if you have a spot near a window, make room for your Dieffenbachia. Another thing to watch out for is that this plant is poisonous and therefore best kept out of reach of children and pets.

spider plant
Spider Plant
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Snake Plant

Spider plant

Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum

Looking for a plant that loves to be neglected? Then we have found the plant for you! The Spider Plant is super easy to grow and prefers indirect sunlight. You can put this plant in a spot where there is a mix of fluorescent and natural light without interfering with its growth. Did you know that propagating Spider Plants is very easy?

Snake plant

Botanial name: Dracaena Trifasciata or Sansevieria trifasciata

Don’t let the name scare you off, the Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a super popular indoor plant. Even if you are not the best plant parent, the Snake Plant will thrive. They tolerate almost any light condition and even drought. Just like the Spider Plant, the Snake Plant can be propagated easily.

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Bromeliad (© by Laura Bailey Photography)
Aspidistra Elatior
Cast Iron Plant

Bromeliad

The Bromeliad is a great example of low light indoor plants. The plants in the Bromeliad family can even survive on fluorescent light alone and love the humidity in a bathroom – sounds great, doesn’t it? These tropical beauties have a unique look to them and bring a touch of colour to any room.

Cast Iron Plant

Botanical name: Aspidistra elatior

The Cast Iron Plant is as tough as its name sounds – this is another plant that will reward your neglect. The Aspidistra prefers low or indirect light and is best kept out of direct sunlight. Because it grows quite slowly, it is tough to kill. Although it can be killed with too much love: don’t overwater or re-pot this plant too often.

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Pothos
fittonia
Nerve Plant

Pothos

Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum

This green houseplant – also called Devil’s Ivy – is low maintenance and low light indoor plant. Some would even say that it is quite indestructible, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The trailing plant thrives without sunlight and it can tolerate occasional overwatering and drought. Please make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight or the fun will only last for a short period.

Nerve Plant

Botanical name: Fittonia

Loving houseplants, but looking for something other than just green? Opt for the Nerve Plant! The nickname of the Fittonia derives from its outstanding leaf veins – vibrant colours and unusual patterns guaranteed. Even though this plant prefers bright light it can survive low light conditions as well.

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ZZ Plant
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English Ivy

ZZ Plant

Botanical name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

A few months of neglect is no big deal for this sturdy houseplant. It will still look green, fresh and healthy when you return from a holiday for instance. In fact, it seems to appreciate being left alone. So if ‘live and let live’ is your motto, then you might appreciate this plant handling things in its own way. The plant can thrive in low-light conditions and stands up well to dry winter air.

English Ivy

Botanical name: Hedera Helix

English Ivy or Hedera Helix thrives in both low and bright indirect light. This stunning climbing plant is a great addition to have inside your house because it purifies the air. According to NASA, the English Ivy is the number 1 air-purifying plant. This plant also purifies the air from moulds and animal faeces (attention, cat-lovers!).

 

Turn to your local florist if you are looking for low light indoor plants to adorn your home. They might have some green beauties in store for you.

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