Low Light House Plants

Think it's difficult to grow anything in less-than-sunny rooms? The low light house plants listed here may be the perfect solution.

Most rooms in a home are not flooded with sunshine all day. But that only brings more opportunity to grow lush, green house plants that love low light spots in your home.

Not sure how much light your plant needs? Look up your plant's profile in the House Plants Encyclopedia A-Z.




What is a partially shaded (low light) location?

  • An east-facing window where the morning sun shines into the room for only for a few hours. Morning sun is cooler than afternoon sun, so you don't have to worry about overheating your plant.

  • 3-5 feet away from a window that faces south or southwest.

  • Directly in front of a north-facing window gives a plant low-to-medium light intensity. That's too low for many plants, but just right for these cool characters.

Best Low Light House Plants

Here are some easy-growing plants that prefer life out of the spotlight:

Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
This tough plant can survive extreme heat, dry air and low light for a long time. Infrequent watering makes it happy, it just doesn't like soggy soil.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
Easy to please, the Chinese Evergreen likes little light and moist soil. This plant grows best when its roots are confined, so it rarely needs repotted.

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana')
It will tolerate many abuses, but be careful not to overwater or over-fertilize. Likes to dry out a bit between waterings.

Bird Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
This easygoing plant shatters the myth that all ferns are fussy. It revels in a partially shaded, moist environment.

Pothos or Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This hardy plant is perfectly content with low light, however its leaves may lose their variegation.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Although this fool-proof house plant will flourish with little light, you may not see many flowers on it without some moderate light. But its foliage is attractive, too.

Another beautiful idea: Flowering house plants such as Cyclamen have short bloom times, making them ideal for a less-than-sunny location. You'll bring instant color to a shady spot if you add one to a group of foliage plants.


Get the light right...

Head over to Indoor Plant Lighting for more information about light exposure and intensity.

Want to give your house plants more light? Take a look at these indoor plant lights to make your plants thrive like never before.