If you’re living in an apartment or home that doesn’t get much sunlight, it can be hard to get light-loving houseplants and flowers to grow. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of greenery in your home! We’ve rounded up over 30 low-light houseplants that don’t need direct sunlight to thrive — in fact, some of them can even be damaged by direct sunlight.
Check out our list of the best low-light houseplants below.
Whether you’re new to caring for plants or want to add a low-maintenance plant to your collection, these low-light houseplants thrive in shadier rooms and don’t need direct sunlight to grow. Additionally, they have the added benefit of being very tough to kill.
Also known as the pothos, these popular plants have leaves that change color based on lighting conditions. They grow long vines which may need to be untangled regularly to continue growing.
This low-light houseplant is one of the most durable plants you can grow, making it perfect for novice gardeners. For light maintenance, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth once weekly to prevent dust buildup.
Aloe vera plants are perfect additions to small spaces and their leaves can even be used to relieve pain or burned skin. Though this succulent enjoys some indirect light, direct sunlight will dry its leaves.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plants grow best when fertilized during the spring and summer. Be sure to allow the soil to dry between waterings to prevent root rot.
These colorful plants are cousins to the Chinese evergreen and show their most vivid colors with medium light. Despite its red color, the leaves of red aglaonema burn easily in direct sunlight.
One of the most popular houseplants, ZZ plants have been found to remove copious amounts of toxins from the air. For maintenance of mature ZZ plants, prune excess branches and overgrowth periodically.
These full-foliage plants resemble small shrubs, making them perfect to fill out space in an otherwise minimalist room. Water only 1–2 times a month, as overwatering can easily kill these plants.
These leafy plants are older than dinosaurs and are just as hardy, but don’t tolerate moisture well. Though rare, sago palm blooms can be encouraged with monthly fertilizer treatments.
Also called Moses-in-the-cradle, this no-fuss house plant doesn’t grow very tall, making it perfect for tabletops or desks. Place the plant in a north-facing or east-facing window to avoid direct sunlight.
These striking low-light houseplants make bold statements in any room but grow best when not overwatered. Rotate the plant regularly to provide consistent light to all sides.
This romantic houseplant is incredibly easy to care for and will develop long vines if left to grow unhindered. Place the plant on a bookcase or shelf to encourage the vines to drape.
The rex begonia is a unique little plant that may be finicky to care for but will grow well in low-light environments. Do not mist the leaves, as this can lead to spotting and discoloration.
This vibrant plant maintains its color best in low-light environments and is relatively slow-growing. Allow the soil to dry between waterings, but mist the leaves regularly.
These silver-spotted plants can grow vines up to 10 feet in length in good indoor conditions. Trim as desired to curb overgrowth and lengthy vines.
This moisture-loving plant has leaves that will change shape as the plant matures –– young plants feature the “arrowhead” shape. Allow the plant to dry between waterings for best growth.
Hoping to find a houseplant that will take up space in your home? Some of these low-light houseplants can grow to 10 feet tall, creating the perfect focal point in any room.
The peace lily, named for its singular white flower, is highly adaptable and is a NASA-recognized air cleaning plant. To care for it properly, wait for the leaves to droop slightly before watering.
This frilly plant is actually a member of the succulent family, making it very easy to care for in any lighting. Be sure to let the soil dry out well in between waterings.
This low-maintenance plant is believed to bring good luck and can adapt to low-light and fluorescent lighting conditions. More experienced plant owners may use a sandy, peat-based soil and a pot with good drainage.
These rainforest natives love the shade but can go into shock if moved around too much. Keep the weeping fig in a bathroom to provide high humidity.
This houseplant is easy to care for and loves moisture, thriving with frequent watering and leaf misting. Trim the top branches occasionally to manage upward growth.
The hardy dragon tree is tough to kill, making it the perfect plant for beginners. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight, however, as this may burn or damage the leaves.
These aptly named plants need a few hours of bright light daily but can live in low-light environments most of the time. To gauge hydration, check the leaf color. Yellowing leaves means the soil is too wet.
Another tropical plant, these low-maintenance palms are native to the South Pacific islands. Water it only when the top inch of soil begins to dry out.
It's important to check a plant's toxicity before bringing it into your home, especially if you have pets or small children. Some houseplants can be extremely toxic to pets if ingested –– if you have pets, opt for these low-light houseplants below.
This feathery plant loves moisture and thrives in hanging baskets where its leaves can drape. Mist this plant daily to keep the leaves moisturized.
These beautiful plants need warmth and humidity to grow, making them ideal additions to a shower ledge or bathroom counter. Avoid watering the plant’s center (or “nest”), as this promotes root rot.
These exotic-looking plants have a natural rosy hue and are easy to care for when they are fully adjusted to their space. Keep this houseplant in a humid environment, like the bathroom.
Calathea, also called the prayer plant, comes in many varieties and will open and close throughout the day depending on the light. These plants are salt-sensitive and need periodic soil changes.
This regal houseplant is relatively low-maintenance but craves high humidity. Place a humidifier near the plant if fronds become brown or crispy.
These adorable plants can live for over 100 years and are fully aquatic, making them the perfect addition to your flower vase or fish tank. Change the water every two weeks, using room-temperature tap water.
Also known as the mosaic plant, this low-light houseplant comes in several color varieties and may occasionally produce red or yellow flowers. Place this plant in a terrarium to satisfy its need for high humidity.
Also known as baby rubber plants, these little plants have thick green leaves and prefer shady rooms. Water this plant once weekly and allow the soil to dry between waterings.
This fun-looking houseplant is highly adaptable and grows quickly in most environments, but flourishes in cooler temperatures. Prune the spider plant back to its base occasionally to promote growth.
For plant lovers with more experience, staghorn ferns are stunning, bold houseplants that command the room’s attention. Mount mature plants to a board to encourage epiphytic growth.
Now that you know which low-light houseplants are right for you and your space, it’s time to decorate! Use the tips below to match your personal style with the perfect low-light houseplant.
Whether you live in a basement apartment or a shady home in the woods, these low-light houseplants will brighten up your space while adding natural beauty to your decor style.