Looking for the best low-light indoor plants that will thrive in a dim area of your home?
There are plenty of indoor plants out there that are easy to care for, forgiving, and low-light tolerant. Some even do better in shadier spaces, if you can believe it. If you’re not a full-blown plant parent yet because you haven’t found the right low-maintenance greenery, then you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the best plant varieties that won’t want anything to do with your already-crowded windowsill—or at the very least, houseplants that can handle being in a shady corner of your space even if they prefer brighter conditions.
Rattlesnake plant is native to the jungles of Brazil and will add a touch of the tropics to any home with its bright-green topside leaves that contrast beautifully with the rich purple undersides. The rattlesnake plant needs a rich and humid environment, so try to replicate this as closely as possible. The lighting condition: “Keep your rattlesnake plant in a shady spot with indirect sunlight, as too much sunshine can discolor the leaves, turning them brown and crispy.”
Perhaps one of the most diverse of the Ficus family, the weeping fig gets its name from the narrow, arrow-like leaves that line the delicate woody stems. “These are a great plant for beginners, but remember that with Ficus benjamina, much like a larger tree, the leaves will drop in winter, which is normal.”The lighting condition: “The weeping fig will enjoy basking in a few hours of morning sun, but move it before the sun gets too strong, and keep away from the afternoon sun.”
With its remarkable painterly leaves, the Fittonia is well-favored among the smaller trailing houseplants, “They are, however, not the easiest to keep alive in normal home conditions, as they like constant humidity, so they will be at their best housed in a terrarium or bottle garden.”
The lighting condition: “Native to the jungles of Peru, the Fittonia is found under the canopy of other plants and is used to having dappled light, so keep your Fittonia out of direct sunshine and place in a shady spot. Too much sunlight can bleach the leaves and fade their bright pink veins.”
Pretty slow-growing, this bushy plant will eventually reach around 4 to 6 inches in height. The Peperomia will produce curious ‘rat-tail’ stalks from the base, which do not necessarily flower but do add a funny feature to the plant!”The lighting condition: “In its natural habitat, this plant would be found under trees in a bright but shady spot, so it is best to try to replicate this in your home. As it is small, you could easily place it under a taller plant to shield it from direct sun, which can scald the leaves and leave permanent damage.”
Take into consideration these low light plants listed above when you want to add an easy care plant in your home with little sun light.