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15 Best Bathroom Plants That Thrive in Humidity

Turn your bathroom into a leafy oasis with these low-light, humidity-loving bathroom plants

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Bathroom plants that’ll turn your space into a spa

Soaking in the tub while surrounded by stress-relieving, air-purifying indoor plants is good for the soul. But if your bathroom has only a small window that doesn’t let in much light, you might assume it will be a challenge to find low-maintenance indoor plants to cultivate that tropical oasis. Thankfully, many low-light indoor plants are perfect for high-humidity bathrooms. And while “low light” doesn’t mean your plants can survive with no light, don’t despair if you have a room without windows. Simply place your bathroom plants under grow lamps to see them thrive.

Whether you plan to buy plants online or visit a specialty brick-and-mortar store, check out these 15 suggested species to learn how to decorate with plants and turn your bathroom into a leafy jungle.

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Calathea ‘Freddie’

Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall

Many of the best plants for bathrooms are native to tropical rainforests. “These understory plants on the forest floor receive filtered rather than direct sunlight and are accustomed to warm, wet and humid environments,” says master gardener Sarah Everman, owner of The Leafy Vine.

Calathea are popular humidity-loving tropical houseplants. The calathea ‘Freddie’ can handle less light than many species in this genus, so it works well in bathrooms with small windows. Watch out for the leaves of these prayer plants; if they’re curling, it’s usually a sign they aren’t getting enough humidity or irrigation.

Pros:

  • Pet friendly
  • Zebra-striped leaves
  • Open their leaves during the day and close them at night

Con:

  • Sensitive to drafts and swings in temperatures

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Cast-iron plant

Aspidistra elatior

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall

If you’re known for having a brown thumb, a hard-to-kill cast-iron plant could be the perfect addition to your bathroom. Its green, glossy foliage grows when natural light is limited, and it can handle a fair amount of neglect. Keep the potting mix moist but not soggy to see your plant thrive.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Doesn’t like full sunlight
  • Won’t thank you for overwatering

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Chinese evergreen

Aglaonema spp.

Size: 1 to 3 feet tall

Houseplant consultant Tiffany Mah recommends Chinese evergreens, saying they’re the ideal bathroom plants. “They’re hardy and can withstand fluctuations in temperature and humidity,” she says. “These plants have diverse and colorful foliage, plus they’re low maintenance.” Some gardeners insist plants are the new pets, so go ahead and grow yourself an entire brood. (Before you know it, you’ll be whipping up a DIY moss bath mat.)

Pros:

  • Thrive in low light
  • Great beginner bathroom plants

Cons:

  • Toxic to pets such as dogs and cats
  • Variegated varieties need sufficient light to preserve their patterns

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Never never plant

Ctenanthe setosa ‘Grey Star’

Size: 1 to 3 feet tall

The flashy foliage of the never never plant is sure to impress your bathroom visitors. It’s another tropical species that loves humidity and can grow in shady spots.

Like its calathea relatives, this plant is a magnet for spider mites. “Spider mites thrive in hot, dry environments, so locating these plants in a moist, humid environment can help control this pest population,” says Everman. “Placing these plants in a bathroom also makes it easier to shower them off, another step in controlling spider mites.”

Pros:

  • Easy to care for
  • Impressive, striking variegation

Con:

  • Doesn’t do well with sudden temperature changes

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English ivy

Hedera helix

Size: Up to 9 feet indoors

Are you looking for a hanging plant to trail over your bathroom shelves? Dark-leaved English ivy is the perfect choice for bathroom hanging plants, as it grows in low-light conditions. While it appreciates humidity, English ivy prefers its soil slightly on the dry side, so be careful not to get carried away when watering.

Pros:

Con:

  • Toxic to pets

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Golden pothos

Epipremnum aureum

Size: Trails 20 to 40 feet

A houseplant lover’s favorite, golden pothos is another trailing beauty. This fast-growing species might not need the extra humidity, but its adaptability makes it one of the best bathroom plants. No matter your window size, your pothos plant is sure to thrive unless you get it really wrong with watering. An added benefit of having these plants in bathrooms is their proven ability to remove indoor air pollutants.

Pros:

  • Easy to care for
  • Air-purifying plant

Con:

  • Toxic to pets

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Lucky bamboo

Dracaena sanderiana

Size: 1 to 5 feet tall

Lucky bamboo might not be real bamboo, but it’s still hardy and fast-growing. This species is perfect for adding sculptural interest and good feng shui to your bathroom. Not a lover of harsh sunlight, it grows in potting soil or a vase filled with water.

Pros:

  • Carries interesting symbology
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Relatively short-lived
  • Toxic to pets

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Maidenhair fern

Adiantum aethiopicum

Size: 1 to 2 feet tall

This gorgeous plant may fool you into thinking it’s a medicinal herb, but you’re looking at a type of delicate fern. “Ferns usually require high humidity to stay lush and prefer shadier environments. That’s why they’re perfect bathroom plants,” says Mah. The lacy fronds of the dainty maidenhair fern add a touch of elegance and lush coloring to your space.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Slow growing
  • Particular about moisture and humidity levels

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Moth orchid

Phalaenopsis spp.

Size: 6 to 12 inches tall

Want to be rewarded with showy blooms in your bathroom? Provided you can offer the right amount of medium to bright indirect light and consistently warm temperatures, moth orchids are an ideal choice. Tall and narrow, they’re well-suited to small powder rooms with spatial challenges. (They’re also gorgeous enough to give as gifts, so bookmark this page next time you’re looking for plants for your mom, sister or friends.)

Pros:

  • One of the easiest orchids to grow as a houseplant
  • Long-lasting blooms
  • Pet friendly

Con:

  • Not suited to bathrooms with very low light

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Parlor palm

Chamaedorea elegans

Size: 2 to 6 feet tall

The resilient and popular parlor palm suits low-light, steamy shower rooms. Though it’s relatively tall for an indoor houseplant, this slow-growing mini palm won’t overwhelm the small space and can handle colder temperatures better than some tropical species.

Pros:

  • Grows in attractive clumps
  • Long-lasting cut fronds are perfect for flower arrangements
  • Pet friendly

Con:

  • Sensitive to overwatering

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Peace lily

Spathiphyllum spp.

Size: 1 to 4 feet tall

The thick, white, flower-like spathes and glossy green leaves of the peace lily work wonders for purifying steamy bathroom air, as they have the ability to absorb mold spores. Ensure you provide yours with the right amount of indirect, bright light to avoid a dead plant. Peace lilies are sensitive to overwatering, and some enthusiasts wait for the foliage to start drooping before irrigating.

Pros:

  • Fragrant blooms
  • Air-purifying plant
  • A positive symbol of peace, purity, healing and hope

Cons:

  • Toxic to pets
  • Sensitive to fluctuating temperatures

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Rex begonia

Begonia rex-cultorum

Size: 12 to 16 inches tall

Try a rex begonia if you want to make a dramatic statement in your bathroom and don’t mind a bit of a challenge. Their large, variegated leaves can handle low light, but they appreciate bright, indirect sunlight and thrive in consistently warm, humid conditions.

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Snake plant

Dracaena trifasciata

Size: 2 to 6 feet tall

The perennially popular snake plant thrives in most indoor locations, including bathrooms. Their instantly recognizable sword-like leaves are typically green with a yellow edge, but they come in various color combos. While they like high humidity, they can handle low light and infrequent watering, making snake plant care super simple. With their efficient moisture-absorbing skills, they make great bathroom plants.

Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Upright, clean lines work well in minimalist bathrooms

Cons:

  • Needs consistent warmth
  • Root rot is common as a result of overwatering

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Spider plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Size: 1 to 2 feet tall

When you think of a low-maintenance houseplant, there’s a good chance the variegated, grassy spider plant springs to mind. It’s perfect as a boho bathroom hanging plant (displayed in a macrame hanger, of course). And spider plant care couldn’t be easier. Tolerant of low light and inconsistent watering, these beauties are ideal for preoccupied plant parents.

Pros:

  • Air-purifying plant
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to propagate

Con:

  • Not good for breezy locations

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Stromanthe tricolor

Stromanthe sanguinea

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall

It might be one of the fussier plants on this list, but the vibrant green-and-pink variegated foliage of the stromanthe tricolor makes it worth the effort. It’s perfect in a location with plenty of bright, indirect light; though it can handle lower-light conditions, the foliage colors will fade. A steamy, well-lit bathroom is an ideal spot for these high-humidity lovers.

Pros:

  • Dramatic folding foliage
  • Pet friendly

Con:

  • Not an ideal beginner houseplant

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Gemma Johnstone
Gemma is a writer and editor who is passionate about sustainable living. She enjoys covering home, garden, and lifestyle topics and is also an official dog geek. In her spare time, Gemma loves hiking in the mountains with her rescue dog.