12 Best Low Light Houseplants
It’s a common story: you buy a beautiful houseplant, pop it in the corner of your living room, and… it actually requires more light than you can provide it, so it doesn’t thrive. Maybe you live in a north-facing apartment with small windows. Or maybe you just don’t want a plant in your window blocking your light.
Whatever the reason, there are plenty of beautiful, interesting, low light houseplants that will thrive in dim lighting. We’ll show you some of our favorites!
Epipremnum Aureum / Golden Pothos / Marble Queen Pothos / Neon Pothos
Pothos can thrive in conditions that most other plants cannot, making them durable and ideal for low light environments like an apartment. Epipremnum Aureums can handle lack of water, low light, and poor soil conditions making them very easy houseplants.
Scindapsus Pictus / Satin Pothos
Another species of Aroid is the bright and flashy Scindapsus Pictus, which has speckles of silvery variegation with heart shaped leaves that trail or climb. They prefer bright indirect light, but do great in dark corners of the room.
Epipremnum Pinnatum Variegata
A unique variation of the pothos, the Pinnatum Variegata shows off white marbling throughout the leaves with white veining running down the stems. It’s an incredibly beautiful rare pothos with the same easy care of the Aureum and does fantastic in low light.
Epipremnum Cebu Blue
The Cebu Blue is another type of Epipremnum Pinnatum, but has a really cool silvery blue-green color. It, too, is very easy to care for and works great in low-light conditions.
Above: Wide Form Monstera Adansonii
Below: Narrow Form Monstera Adansonii
AKA the “Swiss Cheese Plant,” these are fast-growing low-light vines, great for hanging in a macrame plant hanger or climbing on a trellis or pole.
There are hundreds of species of Bromeliad, including the pineapple plant! They are native to tropical rainforests, and are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants. In the Amazon, they are often found high in the canopy on large branches. Most of them don’t require much light.
The Hoya Obovata is a slower growing plant, and adds a very unique texture to any plant collection with its woody stems and waxy leaves and flowers.
Commonly referred to as “Snake Plants” or “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,” Sansevieria come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They are native to Sub-Saharan Africa, don’t require much water, and while they thrive in brighter light, they don’t require it.
Spathiphyllum / Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is an iconic houseplant in the Aroid family of plants. There are many varieties, but they all make very long-lasting flowers, and are usually quite large. They are usually found near water in the shady rainforest floor in Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Pictured above is the rare ‘Picasso’ variegated variety.
Dieffenbachia / Dumb Cane
Known for its ability to thrive in most conditions, the Dieffenbachia is hard to kill and they come in a variety of cool patterns. Pictured above are the Memoria Corsii and the Camille.
Red Emerald Philodendron
Red Emerald Philodendrons have red emerald colored veins and green emerald colored leaves. They love bright but definitely indirect light.
Also known as the tree philodendron because it grows a trunk as it matures, the Selloum adds a very cool texture with its zig-zag leaves.
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These 12 low light houseplants are some of our favorites! Let us know yours in the comments!