Low Light Houseplants

Do you want houseplants, but your home have poor lighting? That's ok, there are lots of plants that tolerate low light and they're easy to care for.

1. Dumb Cane

Bontanical Name: Dieffenbachia

Diffenbachia reminds me of when I color. I like to outline heavily and color lightly in the middle, Her leaves are dark green on the edges but light green in the middle. She loves bright indirect light but will tolerate low light. She removes formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

2. Peace Lily

Bontanical name: Spathiphyllum wallisii

A peace lily was my first houseplant. She thrives in low light. Too much light causes her flowers to take on a green tint and they will eventually die. She's very dramatic and will let you know when she needs water. Her leaves will droop but perk back up once watered. She breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.

3. Snake Plant

Bontanical name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Snake plants thrive in low light conditions, and don't need much water. She is a perfect beginner and plant, and you can almost forget that she's there. She is very forgiving. Wipe her leaves often to prevent dust build up. She absorbs toxins and releases oxygen at night. She is great for bathroom and bedrooms.

4. Common/English Ivy

Botanical name: Hedera helix

Hedera loves moist soil. She can live under bright, indirect lighting or low lighting. She can tolerate shade but may not thrive as well. Wipe her leaves often to prevent spider mites form attacking. She removes benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

5. Pothos

Bontanical name: Epipremnum aureum

Pothos prefers bright, filtered light but will also do well in low light. She can live in well-drained soil or a vase with just water. She likes to vine and looks good on hanging baskets on on top of a bookshelf.

Here is a list of other plants that can tolerate low light:

  • ZZ

  • Syngonium podophyllum

  • Anturium

  • Prayer plant

  • Monstera

  • Spider plant

  • Philodendron

  • Chinese evergreen

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