15 Low Light Houseplants to Grow Anywhere Indoors

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The glossy upright foliage of this handsome plant lends an architectural feel to your space. It’s almost indestructible! Water ZZ plant few weeks when it feels mostly dry.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos is as sturdy as they come, and it’s available in an array of varieties with golden, yellow or creamy white variegations.

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

The dark green heart-shaped leaves of this vining philodendron make it especially eye-catching when cascading over an end table or book shelf. Let the top few inches of soil dry out before watering again.

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plants are nearly impossible to kill! They don’t mind low light levels at all, and they only need watered every few weeks. In fact, overwatering is the only sure way to kill this plant.

Aglaonema (Aglaonema commutatum)

This is one of the easiest plants you can grow! Aglaonema survives on very low light levels and has beautiful silvery or pink-streaked foliage. Let it dry out between waterings.

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

With dark green or spotted strappy leaves, cast iron plant— named for its sturdy temperament-- is a great option for very low light levels. Let it mostly dry out between waterings.

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Lucky bamboo can take very low light levels. It’s actually a type of dracaena with the lower leaves stripped off to resemble bamboo. This plant is grown in either soil or water; in soil, keep it slightly moist. In a vase of water, change the water weekly.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

With dramatic arching leaves and variegated foliage, spider plant likes high light but can adapt to low light levels. In high light, it may produce “babies” you can snip off and plant to make new plants, but that’s less likely in low light. Let it dry out between waterings.

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

This popular plant has style to spare! The holey leaves of Swiss cheese plant make a statement in any room. A few different types of Monstera go by this name, but Monstera deliciosa is probably the most common. Though this plant prefers bright or moderate light levels, it can adapt to low light levels. Water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

The dramatic markings on this plant make it a must-have. Although it likes moderate light, it can adapt to low light, though it will grow more slowly. Interestingly, the plant gets its name because the leaves curl up, as if in prayer, at night.

Scindapsus (Scindapsus spp)

Scindapsus is sometimes lumped in with pothos because they look similar, but it’s actually a different plant altogether. The plant has a vining form and heart-shaped leaves, and it’s easy to grow. Let it dry out slightly between waterings.

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Most palms are a little fussy and prefer high light and humidity levels. However, parlor palm is more forgiving and will do okay in low light. Keep it lightly moist.

Dracaena (Dracaena spp)

There are many different types of dracaena plants, but most have long strappy leaves. They’ll do fine in low light levels. Keep it slightly moist.

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

Money tree has a braided stem or bonsai form. It does best in moderate light but can adapt to low light levels. Just make sure to turn it frequently, or it will have the tendency to stretch toward the light. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch.

Haworthia (Haworthia spp)

This cute little plant maxes out at just 6 to 8 inches tall. The striped foliage make it an adorable plant for end tables or night stands. Because it’s a succulent, it can go several weeks without water.

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