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If you are trying to find the best houseplants to get and don’t have a lot of sun coming through your windows, you will want to find the best low light indoor plants.

You might have more light during the spring and summer, but then fall and winter tend to be pretty dark conditions.  Or a north facing window that doesn’t have that same bright light that southern windows have.

It can be difficult to find plants that not only survive but thrive in low light conditions.

You might think there aren’t many of these plants out there, but there is actually a large variety of plants that survive even with very little light.  I’ve found that many of these houseplants are also easy care.

In this article, we’ll look at some the best houseplants for low light and how to maintain them.

Best Low Light Indoor Plants

Lucky Bamboo

When it comes to the best low light houseplants, lucky bamboo is one of the best.

Luck bamboo is also known as Dracaena sanderiana.

It is native to the West African countries and is known by many different names including Chinese water bamboo, ribbon plant, water bamboo and etc.   Even though it has many different names with bamboo in it, it isn’t really a member of the bamboo plant family.

Lucky bamboo is a popular indoor plant and is largely associated with Feng Shui and many think growing this plant indoors brings them good luck.

The lucky bamboo not only survives in low light conditions but also requires low maintenance as well.

It can be grown in water or in potting soil too.

One thing to remember is that the leaves of this plant are mildly toxic and care should be taken if you have kids in your home that they don’t touch or taste these plants leaves.

Lucky bamboo is known as being long-living and fairly indestructible plants since they can grow in very low light conditions.

If you are interested in picking up some lucky bamboo, you can find some here.

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

This is a great houseplant that is easy to grow.  It is an excellent choice if you are looking for the best low light indoor plant.

Something interesting about this plant is that there is no woody stem that grows above ground.

You can read more about the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia here.


Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos is a beautiful indoor plant that is super easy to grow.  They do well, even in low light.

These are non-flowering plants and can even survive for a while without any water or sunlight.

As air pollution becomes worst, people are looking for plants that have air purifying capabilities and the Golden Pothos is an excellent choice.

The heart-shaped leaves look pretty, even in dark conditions and add beauty to your house.

Check out the Golden Pothos here.



Not all varieties of ferns are the best when it comes to low-light conditions, but there are a few that are some of the best low light indoor plants.

It’s estimated that ferns have been around for close to 300 million years and they are able to grow in all sorts of conditions.

There are more than 12,000 species of ferns around the world

A couple of the best ferns for low lights are the staghorn fern, the maidenhair fern, and bird’s nest fern.

Snake Plants

The sansevieria species of snake plants is another popular choice for low-light indoor houseplants.

I love my snake plant.  I just need to water it every now and then and it is growing beautifully.  It’s in my kitchen, which isn’t the best spot for light in my house.  My snake plant doesn’t seem to mind at all.

I’m sure you’ve seen snake plants before.  They have long, thick leaves that grow vertically.

The snake plant is also called Mother-In-Laws Tongue.

The snake plant is another plant that is known for it’s air purifying ability.  Keeping these plants in your bedroom is a great idea since it helps convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

You can find snake plants here.


The Dracaena is another largely popular low-light indoor houseplant that can be seen in many households, offices, and stores.

There are so many different varieties of the Dracaena (almost 40!).  You are almost guaranteed to find one that you like.

I don’t know if you can see it, but the Dracaena in the picture above is a red-laced one.  So the edges of the leaves are lined in red, which is a really cool effect.  You can find this Dracaena here.

Nerve Plant

The Nerve plant is another low-light plant that I love!

My sister-in-law has one of these in her kitchen.  The pink and green leaves are really cool

The nerve plant is known for its toughness and oblong leaves that protrude from its stem.

Depending on the variety of the nerve plant you grow will determine the color of the leaves.  This plant has leaves that are various shades of light to solid green.  The veins on the leaves can be pink, red, white or green.

Although these plants are native to tropical regions, they can also survive in low light conditions.

Peace Lily

The peace lily has such lovely white flowers when it blooms.  The look similar to calla flowers.

I have a peace lily and it is in my kitchen, which is again a low-light area of my house.  (I miss my southern facing kitchen windows!)

My peace lily has survived quite well.  I’ve had it for almost two years and it did start to die back, but then a bunch of new growth appeared and it’s been thriving ever since.

Peace lilies tolerate low-light conditions and they are also an air purifying plant by removing VOC’s.

You can find one of these beautiful plants here.

Purple Wandering Jew

If you are looking for a plant that not only does well in low lighting conditions but is also very hard to kill, this plant is the one you are looking for.

The Wandering Jew is also known as the Spiderwort.  There are many different varieties of the Wandering Jew.  The Purple Wandering Jew is gorgeous with white and dark green leaves mixed with dark purple leaves.

You can find this gorgeous plant here.

Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant is another hardy plant that can survive low light conditions.  It gained its name because it seems to last forever no matter where it is.

It has beautiful dark green foliage that are leathery and grows to be 1 foot to almost 2 feet long.

You can find the cast iron plant here.

Heartleaf Philodendron

I love how all the low light plants tend to be hardy and easy to grow.  The heartleaf philodendron is no exception.

Not only is this plant easy to grow and does well in low-light, but it is also easy to propagate.

This beautiful green plant is a trailing or climbing plant, so it will look great as a hanging plant or growing up a trellis.

You can find the heartleaf philodendron here.

I hope you found some new low-light indoor plants for your home.  If you have a favorite not listed, let me know in the comments below.

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Happy Planting!!!