15 Low-Light Houseplants That Thrive in Near Darkness
We already know that houseplants detoxify our air and make us happier. These plants thrive in low-light so now you can have some green in every corner of your home.
A Brazilian native, this genus of flowering plants has almost 500 species, many grown as ornamental and indoor plants. According to The Joy of Plants, the name comes from the Greek words: philo (meaning love or affection) and dendron (meaning tree). This plant is known for its large leaves, which can be oval-shaped, spear-shaped, or a variety of other possibilities. Symbolizing health and abundance, this low-light houseplant also serves as a muse for artists, most famously for Pablo Picasso’s “Woman in the Garden” sculpture.
Bird’s nest fern
Asplenium nidus gets its name from looking like a bird’s nest, not from growing in trees. According to Gardening Know How, this excellent low-light houseplant can also be called a crow’s nest. Known for its flat, wavy fronds, you might think of a seaweed plant growing on dry land. For flatter leaves, place the plant in a lower-light environment. If you want the leaves to appear more crinkled, give it more light.
Maranta leuconeura is tolerant of low-light conditions and actually prefers indirect sunlight. According to Green and Vibrant, its common name comes from the way the leaves close vertically in the evening, resembling praying hands. These low-light houseplants are sensitive to fluoride, so try to avoid using hard water and make sure to it’s warm (think room temperature). Be careful to avoid letting the soil dry out completely. These 12 houseplant hacks will help you keep your plants alive and healthy.
Spathiphyllum is known as a closet plant. According to Gardening Know How, they brighten up a living space but are also excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in. Known for its dark green leaves and white flowers, this plant does great in low light. But if you want even more flowers, expose it to a brighter area of the house or office. The most common mistake is over-watering, so check the soil for too much moisture.
Epipremnum aureum is an ideal low-light houseplant for its ability to purify the air. A native of French Polynesia, it grows best in indirect light. According to Green and Vibrant, it’s referred to as devil’s ivy since it’s almost impossible to kill and even stays green when kept in the dark. It can grow in dry, nutrient-poor soil or in a vase filled with water. It is poisonous, so skip this one if you have young children, cats, or dogs. The sap can cause a rash, so wear gloves if you have sensitive skin. Don’t have a green thumb? You literally can’t kill these houseplants.
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