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Top Low Light Houseplants for your Home

Not every corner of our homes basks in abundant sunlight, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the beauty and benefits of indoor plants. In fact, several houseplants are perfectly suited for low light conditions, bringing a touch of nature to even the dimmest lit areas of our living spaces. Here’s a guide to some resilient and gorgeous houseplants that flourish in low light levels:

1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

The resilient snake plant tops the list for low-light areas. Known for its air-purifying qualities, it can thrive in low to moderate light conditions, making it a perfect fit for dimly lit corners. Its sleek, upright leaves add an elegant touch to any space. Water it fortnightly or when the top 2 inches of soil feel dry. Ideally keep your Snake Plant in a warm spot in your home.

snake plant

2. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Another champion in low-light environments, the ZZ plant boasts glossy, dark green leaves that can brighten up even the darkest rooms. It’s incredibly low-maintenance, making it an ideal choice for beginners or those with minimal time for plant care. Water it every few weeks, less in darker or colder condition. Make sure the soil is dry before you water it again.

zz plant

3. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

As its name suggests, the cast iron plant is tough and robust, thriving in low light and neglect. Its sturdy, dark green leaves can withstand low humidity and fluctuating temperatures, making it an excellent choice for various indoor environments. Keep the compost moist and it will appreciate the occasional liquid feed.

cast iron plant

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The peace lily is renowned for its air-purifying properties and its ability to bloom in low light conditions. With its glossy, dark green foliage and elegant white blooms, it’s an attractive addition to dimly lit spaces. Lightly water when the top inch of soil feels dry, and place in a comfortable temperature. This plant does well in steamy bathrooms and kitchens also.

peace lilly

5. Philodendron (Heart-leaf Philodendron – Philodendron hederaceum)

Philodendrons, particularly the heart-leaf variety, thrive in low to moderate light. Their heart-shaped, trailing leaves add a touch of lushness to any room and are exceptionally forgiving of irregular watering. If you can, remember to water every 2 weeks, and prune regularly.


6. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

An excellent air purifier, the spider plant is known for its ability to thrive in various light conditions, including low light. Its arching foliage with spider-like offshoots makes for an eye-catching display, even in darker corners. Keep the soil moist, watering about once a week throughout spring and summer. In winter months allow the soil to dry out a little more between watering.

spider plant

7. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Parlor Palm is a popular choice for low-light areas due to its ability to tolerate shade. Its delicate, feathery fronds can add a tropical vibe to your space while thriving in indirect light. Water this plant regularly when the top of soil feels dry. You can also help to keep the leaves green and fresh when you regularly water.

parlor palm in pot

Tips for Caring for Low-Light Houseplants:

  • Avoid Overwatering: Low-light plants typically require less water. Ensure the soil is allowed to dry slightly between watering sessions to prevent root rot.
  • Dust Regularly: Dust can accumulate on leaves and hinder light absorption. Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them clean and allow for optimal photosynthesis.
  • Rotate Occasionally: Rotate your plants occasionally to ensure even growth, especially in low-light conditions where sunlight may be limited.

Bringing the outdoors in doesn’t have to be limited by light availability. With these low-light-loving houseplants, you can transform even the darkest corners of your home into green, thriving spaces, adding beauty and vitality to your indoor environment.


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