best houseplants for bathrooms

7 Best Houseplants for Bathrooms (Pictures)

Are you looking for houseplants for your bathroom? You need humid-loving houseplants for your bathroom. Many houseplants are adapted to naturally humid habitats such as jungles and rainforests. Just keep in mind that you’ll need enough light in your bathroom for your house plants. It’s good to have a bathroom with a window. Here are the best houseplants for bathrooms.

best Houseplants for bathrooms
best Houseplants for bathrooms

7 Best Houseplants for Bathrooms

1. Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis)

Nerve Plant
Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis) is a beautiful houseplant with striking lace-like patterned foliage. It is a humid-loving houseplant that will do well in high humid spaces like bathrooms. Your Nerve Plant will also do well in a terrarium if you feel your bathroom’s humidity is insufficient. 

Nerve Plants are happy in bright, filtered light. It also does well in artificial light. 

NameNerve Plant
Scientific NameFittonia albivenis
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright filtered light
WaterAbundant Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Nerve Plant Facts

2. African Mask Plant (Alocasia sanderiana)

African Mask Plant
African Mask Plant

African Mask Plant (Alocasia sanderiana) is a humid-loving houseplant that will do well in bathrooms. It has beautifully patterned leaves making it a great addition to your bathroom. It is a houseplant that likes warmer temperatures and can tolerate low-light locations. 

Your African Mask plant is happy in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight. If you have a west-facing or south-facing bathroom window, filter the sunlight using sheer blinds or sheer curtains or place it away from the bathroom window. 

Be aware that your Alocasia is toxic to humans, dogs and cats. Keep it away from children and pets!

NameAfrican Mask Plant or Kris Plant
Scientific NameAlocasia sanderiana
Daytime Temperature65 to 85F (18-30C)
Night Time Temperature65 to 85F (18-30C)
LightBright indirect light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
African Mask Plant Facts

3. Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata)

Boston Fern
Boston Fern

Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) is a great houseplant for your bathroom. It is humid-loving and will do well in a container on your bathroom shelf or in a hanging basket in your bathroom. Boston Ferns are your classic fern with beautiful, graceful fern leaves. 

Boston Ferns are happy in bright, indirect light. It will do well at a south-facing bathroom window but make sure it’s not getting direct sunlight. You can filter the sun with sheer curtains and sheer blinds. 

NameBoston Fern
Scientific NameNephrolepsis exaltata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright indirect light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityMedium Humidity
Boston Fern Facts

4. Air Plant (Tillandsia species)

Air Plant
Air Plant

Air Plants (Tillandsia species) is a lot of fun to grow as houseplants in your bathroom. They are unique because they don’t require to be grown in pots. You can be creative with how you display your Air Plants in the bathroom. You can hang it on your bathroom tiles or if you have a high ceiling, suspend it from your bathroom ceiling. 

Air Plants are happy in bright, filtered light. It will do well at an east-facing or west-facing bathroom window but make sure it’s not getting direct sunlight. You can filter the sun with sheer curtains and sheer blinds. 

NameAir Plant
Scientific NameTillandsia species
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light 
WaterModerate Water
HumidityCan Tolerate Dry Indoor Air
Air Plant Facts

5. African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African Violet
African Violet

African Violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) are great houseplants for bathrooms. The flowers bloom all year long and come in a variety of colors. It’s great if you need a pop of color in your bathroom. It’s also an easy-to-grow flowering houseplant, perfect for beginners. 

African Violets will be happy in bright, filtered light. Just make sure it’s not getting direct sunlight. You can filter the sun with sheer curtains and sheer blinds on your bathroom window. Your African Violet will also do well under fluorescent light (12 inches above the plant).

NameAfrican Violet
Scientific NameSaintpaulia ionantha
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Indirect Light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
African Violet Facts

6. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana and Howea belmoreana)

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana and Howea belmoreana) will thrive in bathrooms. If you are looking for a big houseplant for your bathroom, then Kentia Palm is a good choice. It has beautiful cascading palm leaves and can grow to 8-10 feet tall as an indoor palm. 

Kentia Palm
Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm will do well in bright, indirect light indoors. You can keep it at a south-facing, west-facing, or east-facing bathroom window but make sure to filter the light. Filter sunlight using sheer blinds or sheer curtains.

Kentia Palms should not be placed in full sun, the leaves will burn. It will tolerate shade but won’t grow vigorously. Occasionally, bring it outside to get some sun. Just don’t expose it to direct sunlight because the leaves will burn. 

NameKentia Palm
Scientific NameHowea forsteriana and Howea belmoreana
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright indirect light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Kentia Palm Facts

7. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plant
Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a good houseplant for bathrooms. It looks attractive on bathroom shelves or bathroom counters with its beautifully patterned leaves.

It is also a fun houseplant to have at home because when you turn off the bathroom lights, the leaves of your Prayer plant will roll-up. When you turn on the lights, the leaves will unroll and resume their regular flat position. It’s a lot of fun to trick your prayer plant into rolling and unrolling its leaves by turning on and off the bathroom light. Kids love Prayer plants! 

Prayer Plants are happiest in filtered light locations. Place your Prayer Plant in an east-facing bathroom window. It also tolerates low light locations. You can place it in a north-facing bathroom window or a location that receives artificial light.

NamePrayer Plant
Scientific NameMaranta leuconeura
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightFiltered Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Prayer Plant Facts

8. Pepper Face (Peperomia obtusifolia)

Pepper Face or Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) is a humid-loving indoor plant that will grow well in bathrooms. It is a small houseplant that can tolerate low light conditions and artificial indoor lights- perfect for bathrooms. Pepper Face are also low maintenance plants.

Pepper Face
Pepper Face
NamePepper Face or Baby Rubber Plant
Botanical NamePeperomia obtusifolia
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Filtered Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterAbundant Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Toxic to Pets and HumansNon-Toxic
Pepper Face Houseplant Facts

Placement Ideas for Bathroom Houseplants 

Bathroom Shelves for Houseplants

Bathroom shelves are great for displaying houseplants. You can even use an over-the-toilet shelving unit for your houseplants.

African Violets, Prayer Plants, and Nerve Plants will look great on bathroom shelves. If you have your Nerve Plant in a terrarium, that will also make a nice display on your bathroom shelf.

Bathroom Counter for Houseplants

A small houseplant or a small grouping of houseplants is perfect for bathroom counters. African Violet will look cheerful on your bathroom counter. 

Placement for Hanging Houseplants in Bathrooms

If you have a high-ceiling bathroom, you can hang houseplants from the ceiling. Install a second shower curtain rod and hang your houseplants from there (just make sure it’s secure so the houseplants don’t fall on your head). Your bathroom will look like a jungle! 

Boston Ferns will look great hanging from a high-ceiling bathroom. Air plants suspended from the bathroom ceiling will also make a nice display in your bathroom.

Hang Houseplants on Bathroom Walls

Another way to display houseplants in your bathroom is to hang them on the bathroom walls. Use waterproof adhesive hooks on bathroom tiles to hang your houseplants. Just keep it away from areas where it might get splashed with soapy water. 

Air plants hanging on your shower wall will look amazing in your bathroom. You can also hang air plants near the medicine cabinet in your bathroom.

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