25 Indoor Plants for Low Light

Indoor Plants for Low Light

1. Philodendron, Heartleaf
Probably the most popular houseplant in the world, heartleaf philodendron, Philodendron hederaceum, is super tolerant of dark interiors. This fast-growing vine works well in hanging baskets or trained to climb a small trellis or totem. All you have to do is water it when the soil feels dry to the touch. Two newer varieties offer colorful foliage. ‘Brasil’ has gorgeous gold-and-green variegated foliage. ‘Micans’ sports purple flushed leaves with a satinlike texture.
2. Pothos
Often confused with Philodendron, pothos, Epipremnum aureum, will thrive in any room of your home as long as you keep it out of full sun. It’s an easy-care vining plant that you can train onto a trellis or allow to tumble over the edge of a hanging basket. Pothos comes in a variety of colors and bicolors, including dark green, chartreuse, white-and-green, yellow-and-green, and spotted silver. Water pothos whenever the soil feels dry, and trim back the plant if it starts to get leggy.
3. ZZ Plant
Looking for a houseplant that tolerates dark corners and neglect? Check out ZZ plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. This African native will do just fine even if it only gets fluorescent light in an office or shop. It also tolerates dry conditions, so it’s ideal for someone who travels frequently. ZZ plant looks great, too; it produces upright, slightly arching stems covered in shiny, dark green leaves. Water ZZ plant when the top inch of soil dries out.
4. Parlor Palm
Popular since the Victorian era, parlor palm, Chamaedorea elegans, is a slow-growing Mexican native that does well in low-light situations. It grows 4 feet tall and makes a bold statement in any room. Parlor palm only needs to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch, but it does help to mist the plants once in awhile during the winter.
5. Boston Fern
Ever since they were first discovered in the late 1800’s, Boston ferns, Nephrolepis exaltata, have played an important role in interior design. These gorgeous plants develop bright green, arching fronds that look great in urns or baskets. Boston ferns thrive in partially shady indoor and outdoor locations away from cold drafts or heat ducts. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch, and mist often during the winter to minimize leaf drop.
6. Dieffenbachia
When it comes to colorful leaves, few houseplants offer as many options as Dieffenbachia. These gorgeous tropical plants feature a wide range of speckled or splotched leaves in either yellow-and-green or white-and-green. Although they grow well in dark rooms, they do prefer some bright, indirect light to keep them from getting too leggy. Dieffenbachia is poisonous, so keep it out of reach of children and pets.

7. Gloxinia
Although Gloxinia can’t survive in a completely dark room, it will bloom beautifully anywhere it can receive bright, indirect light away from full sun. A close relative of African violet, Gloxinia develops large velvety, trumpetlike flowers in a variety of jewel-like colors. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Use warm water and avoid getting the foliage wet. Feed once a month with a liquid houseplant fertilizer while the plants are in bloom.
8. Monstera
Create a tropical getaway in your living room with Monstera deliciosa. Occasionally called Swiss cheese plant, Monstera produces huge, bright green, attractively cut leaves. Monstera has a dense, bushy shape, but over time, it will begin to stretch and climb a trellis or wood totem. If you want to keep the plant compact, simply prune back the vining branches. Water Monstera whenever the soil feels dry to the touch, and fertilize once a month during the spring and summer.
9. Cast Iron Plant
Here’s a houseplant that truly lives up to its name. Cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior, thrives on neglect and lives happily in dark rooms with only occasional watering. Plus, this rugged plant spreads slowly, so it rarely needs repotting. Cast iron plant grows 2-3 feet tall and produces dark green narrow leaves. There is also a variegated form, but it can be difficult to find.
10. Corn Plant
There’s no mistaking where this handsome houseplant got its common name. Corn plant, Dracaena fragrans, produces straplike leaves that bear a strong resemblance to sweet corn. The plants grow 3-6 feet tall and thrive in low light. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Corn plants are sold in bush form or on tall, architecturally interesting bare canes.
11. Aglaonema, red
Over the past few years red Aglaonema has taken the houseplant world by storm. With spectacular red-pink-and-green leaves, this new introduction will brighten even the darkest room. Red Aglaonema doesn’t mind dry soil either, so it makes a great gift for forgetful gardeners. Originally called Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema is almost foolproof.

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