Best Houseplants for Low Light

Have you ever scrolled through social media and just thought to yourself I wish I could have plants like that in my house? Well good news is you can! There are so many different types of plants and houseplants are increasingly trending with no plans of slowing down. These are the best houseplants for low light.

Low Light Houseplants: Quick Picks

You might think you need to have a bunch of space and tons of light in your home, but the reality is… you don’t. We’ve made it easier than ever for you to find the best house plants for low light that fit your lifestyle.

Not only can you turn your home into a post worthy statement, but you will also have added health benefits. Plants are natural air cleaners that get rid of toxins, mold spores, and bacteria from the air. This, in turn, keeps you free of sicknesses and breathing happy and healthy.

The next benefit of having plants in your home or even an office, is that they help bring your stress levels down and put you in a better mood. Due to less stress, you will be more in the mood to be productive and get things done.

Need any more reason to start looking for the perfect plant that fits your needs? At Perfect Plants, we’ve made it easier than ever to find the perfect houseplant that fits you and your lifestyle. We have made a list of the best low light plants and most of them are also low maintenance. No Green Thumb Required!

The 5 Best Houseplants For Low Light

1) Snake Plant

It’s scientific name Sansevieria trifasciata or it’s more common name Mother In Law’s Tongue, are one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. These plants can handle a variety of light conditions and thrive off of neglect.

This plant enjoys well draining soil and only needs to be watered when the indoor plant soil is completely dry. This plant is known for being able to thrive in bright indirect light conditions even in the darkest corners of your house; even in north facing rooms. So no matter where you put it, it will thrive.

2) Pothos

Epipremnum aureum, as it’s botanically named is a beautiful trailing vine with heart shaped leaves. This vining beauty will make a statement no matter where it is. These plants are not picky when it comes to their environment.
They can thrive in just about any soil, most light conditions and enjoy wet to dry soil. The pothos is very easy to grow and grows quickly. These are great plants for hanging baskets, so even the smallest homes can still have a bit of a green touch. If you need a hard to kill plant this is your guy.

3) Peace Lily

Scientifically known as Spathiphyllum, the Peace Lily is an acclaimed house plant. As a natural air detoxifier, NASA has deemed this plant in the top 5 for removing pollutants from the air. Not only is this plant extremely beneficial for your health, but you don’t need a green thumb to keep it alive.

This beautiful plant displays variegated foliage in the fall and winter months. Then in the Spring it starts to bloom gorgeous white flowers that are known as spathes.

4) ZZ Plant

Or it’s botanical name Zamioculcas zamiifolia. Is an extraordinary plant, it holds it’s water in bulbs/ rhizomes which means less watering from you! The ZZ has long thick stems that put out dark green leaves. These oval shaped leaves stager from the bottom- up on the shoots.

This truly amazing plant originates from East Africa and can take just about anything you throw at it. No matter the light situation or if you forget to water your ZZ plant, this plant will thrive

4) Ponytail Palm Tree

The Ponytail Palm Tree is a truly unique plant that is stunning to look, grows great in dark rooms with low light, and is super easy to care for. What's not to love about that?!
Be sure to use a soil that drains well and don't over water, but otherwise this plant is one even novice gardeners will have no problem keeping alive. 

5) Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

No plant makes a statement in your home quite like a Fiddle Leaf Fig. These plants are perfect for low light rooms and darker areas. In fact, indirect light from a northern facing window is near perfect for fiddle leaf figs. 

Other Great House Plants That Don’t Need Much Light

Need more plant inspiration? Check out the list below and the links to see easier to care for low light plants that will bring some greenery into your home.

  • Philodendron
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Calathea
  • Prayer Plant
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Syngonium/ Arrowhead Plant
  • Monstera/ Swiss Cheese Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Ivy
  • Bird Nest Fern

Best Places To Put Low Light Plants

Each plant has it's own unique needs so the best advice is to look up the grow guides for your specific houseplant. 

That said, some general guidelines to follow are:

  1. If you have a North facing window, that is going to be a good location plants
  2. Locate your houseplant anywhere from 4-12 feet from the window
  3. Indirect light is better (in most cases)
  4. Pay attention to your plants. If they are getting sun spots they may be getting too much sun. 

For more indoor plants follow these links:

Indoor Plant Care Guide