Best houseplants for low light

10 Best Houseplants for Low Light Conditions (Infographic)

Are you looking for houseplants that will do well in low-light conditions? It can be challenging to grow houseplants especially if you are working in an indoor space with low light. Fortunately, there are some plants that can grow in low light conditions. Here are the best houseplants for low light conditions.

Low Light Houseplants Infographic
Low Light Houseplants Infographic

How Much Light is Low Light?

Low light does not mean no light. Low light means there is a window with indirect sunlight coming into the room. A room with a north-facing window will have low light all day long. A room with an east-facing window will have low light in the afternoon. A room with a skylight might have low light if that is the only window in the room. 

How to Increase Low Light 

Most houseplants grow best with more light.  Here are 4 things you can do to increase your low light situation.

Keep the Blinds Open

If you have a north-facing window or an east-facing window, you can try to maximize the light by keeping the blinds open.

Move the Houseplant Closer to the Window

You can move the plants closer to the window so it gets more light, especially during the winter months.

Use Artificial Light

You can use artificial light as supplemental light. I like this stylish frame with LED light.

Recharge Your Houseplant

You can occasionally move your plant to a room with more light so it can recharge and get some sunlight. 

10 Best Houseplants for Low Light

1. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)

Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) is one of the best houseplants for low light. It is almost indestructible and can tolerate very low light conditions. Lucky Bamboo is a very popular houseplant for feng shui and it is known to bring good luck and prosperity. 

Lucky Bamboo can be grown in potting soil but it is typically grown in a vase with water. It will happily grow in a north-facing window or a room with a skylight. Lucky Bamboo is a tough houseplant that can even grow in a windowless room (although this is not recommended).

NameLucky Bamboo
Scientific NameDracaena braunii
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Lucky Bamboo Facts

2. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plant
Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a good houseplant for low light. It is a very popular houseplant with beautifully patterned leaves. Prayer Plants are a lot of fun because when it gets dark 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 light. Kids love prayer plants! 

Prayer Plant is happiest in filtered light locations. Place your Prayer Plant in an east-facing window. It also tolerates low light locations. You can place it in a north-facing 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

3. Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake Plant
Snake Plant

Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a great houseplant for low light conditions because it is almost indestructible. It is a very popular houseplant that is hardy and easy to grow. Snake Plants are known for their pointy, sword-like leaves (hence the name Mother-in-Law’s Tongue). 

Snake Plant is happiest in bright, filtered light but can tolerate low light. Avoid direct sunlight.

NameSnake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Scientific NameSansevieria trifasciata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
Snake Plant Facts

4.ZZ Plant or Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant
ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant or Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a great plant for low light conditions. It is a very popular houseplant because it is a tough, easy-to-grow, and low-maintenance houseplant. Your ZZ Plant is known for its beautiful foliage with glossy, thick, fern-like leaves. 

ZZ Plant is happiest in bright, filtered light. Although it grows better in brighter light, it can tolerate low light from a north-facing window. It does not like direct sunlight though, the leaves will burn. 

NameZZ Plant or Zanzibar Gem
Scientific NameZamioculcas zamiifolia
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
ZZ Plant Facts

5. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa)

Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa) is a popular houseplant since it is one of the few indoor trees that can tolerate medium light conditions. It has graceful, ribbon-like leaves that are attractive and can make a statement. It is also known to bring luck. Dragon Trees are easy-to-grow large houseplants. 

Dragon Tree will be happy in bright, filtered light. However, it can tolerate medium light conditions which is rare for indoor trees. It does well in an east-facing window with half-day of morning sun. Avoid direct sunlight, it will burn the leaves of your Dragon Tree. 

NameDragon Tree
Scientific NameDracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Dragon Tree Facts

6. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos
Pothos

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a good houseplant for low light conditions. It’s a low-maintenance houseplant that is impossible to kill, which is great for beginners. Plus it has beautiful, shiny heart-shaped leaves that look great dangling from a hanging basket or perched on a high bookshelf. 

Pothos will do best in a bright filtered light location. However, it will do well in medium light conditions which makes it suitable for indoor plants. It will also grow well under artificial light. Avoid direct sun exposure since sunlight can burn the leaves. 

NamePothos
Scientific NameEpipremnum aureum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light or Artificial Light. Tolerates Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Pothos Facts

7. Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)

Emerald Ripple Peperomia
Emerald Ripple Peperomia

Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata) is a great houseplant for low light conditions. It has beautiful heart-shaped leaves with colors that are greenish to purplish. It’s a fairly easy-to-grow houseplant that does well in artificial light. A great houseplant for office desks and on bookshelves.  

Emerald Ripple Peperomia is happiest in bright, filtered light. It does well in an east-facing window or even a north-facing window with low light. Emerald Ripple Peperomia does well under artificial light.

NameEmerald Ripple Peperomia
Scientific NamePeperomia caperata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Filtered Light. Tolerates Low Light.
WaterAbundant Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Emerald Ripple Peperomia

8. Pepper Face  (Peperomia obtusifolia)

Pepper Face
Pepper Face

Pepper Face  (Peperomia obtusifolia) does well in low light conditions. It is a popular houseplant that is easy to grow. Its graceful, waxy leaves make a great addition to plant groupings in your indoor space. Compared to other Peperomia species, Peperomisa obtusifolia is the easiest to grow. It is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. 

Pepper Face will be happy in bright, filtered light. It does well in an east-facing window or even a north-facing window with low light. Pepper Face also does well in artificial light.

NamePepper Face 
Scientific NamePeperomia obtusifolia
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Filtered Light. Tolerates Low Light.
WaterAbundant Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Pepper Face Facts

9. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos

Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus) is a popular houseplant that can tolerate low light conditions. It is a low-maintenance, easy-to-grow houseplant with beautiful silvery, green leaves. It is a hanging houseplant and will look beautiful in a hanging basket or on a bookshelf. 

Satin Pothos is happiest in a bright, indirect light location. It can also tolerate medium to low light conditions. 

NameSatin Pothos
Scientific NameScindapsus pictus
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Tolerates Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Satin Pothos Facts

10. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

Heartleaf Philodendron
Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum) is a great plant to grow in low light conditions. It is one of the most popular houseplants in America because it is a low-maintenance, fast-growing, easy houseplant. Heartleaf Philodendron can tolerate a wide range of conditions and will thrive almost anywhere indoors. It will look great in a hanging basket or on a bookshelf with beautiful cascading heart-shaped leaves. Keep your Heartleaf Philodendron away from children and pets, it is toxic when ingested. 

Heartleaf Philodendron is happiest in a bright filtered light location. However, it is very flexible and can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions. It will thrive in artificial light and low light as well. 

NameHeartleaf Philodendron
Scientific NamePhilodendron hederaceum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Heartleaf Philodendron Facts

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