A lack of sunlight in your house shouldn’t stop you from having beautiful greenery throughout your home. These indoor plants that don’t need sunlight are perfect for a beginner and will add life to any space – no matter how dark!
I’ll have to be honest, I’ve always been a huge fan of faux plants.
I love that they add the style and comfort of greenery to a home and so conveniently remove the struggle to keep them alive.
And yet recently, I’ve also noticed that when I have a real plant in my house there’s something about it that faux plants just can’t give me – the feeling of LIFE.
I think part of the reason I’ve always just depended on faux plants to add greenery to my home is because I’ve never felt like I can keep my indoor plants alive!
The biggest culprit for this struggle? Our home doesn’t have a lot of natural light…
The living room only has one window (which is actually the sliding glass door to the back yard), the kitchen has one small window above the sink, and the dining room has just one large window to the front of the house. That’s it!
In our entire main living space we only have a tiny bit of light coming in through a few windows.
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If you’re like me and are desperate for some real, live plants in your low-light living space, then today’s post is going to open up your eyes to the possibilities! 🙂
There are SO many different options to get an indoor plant for low light and I’m excited to share some of them with you.
While these shade plants don’t need direct sunlight to survive, they do need indirect light (which can come from the smallest of windows.)
In fact, many of these plants can be harmed by direct sunlight, so be sure you place them in a place where they aren’t too close to a window with direct light.
I hope you’ll get one or two and experience the feeling of life they add to your space!
40 Indoor Plants that Don’t Need Sunlight
1. ZZ Plant
Also known as the “eternity plant,” the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is one of the hardiest indoor houseplants around.
Not only can it survive with very little sunlight, but it is also drought resistant!
Be careful not to over-water it (watch for yellowing leaves) and be careful when handling because its juices have been known for irritating human skin.
Chinese evergreens are a great “first-time” indoor plant for beginners. They can survive on low light, are drought resistant and don’t mind dry air.
When mature, they can produce flowers similar to calla lilies and do a great job filling empty corners of your home when placed on the floor.
Younger plants can be placed on table tops and stands as well.
The trick with these is that the darker the leaves, the more light they like. So if you have a really dark space, grab one of the lighter leaf varieties.
8. Parlor Palm
In the Victorian era, owning a Parlor Palm was a sign of affluence!
These tall plants are great for living or dining rooms and take moderate care.
They prefer medium, indirect light and can even thrive in artificial light.
Don’t water unless the soil is dry – otherwise you might kill it!
13. Snake Plant
Better known as the “Mother-in-law’s Tongue,” the Snake Plant is a very durable and popular indoor plant.
Not only does it need watering just once a month, but it can also go weeks with neglect while still standing tall and firm.
Grab one of these for your home if you’re looking for incredible style without all the maintenance!
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16. Elephant’s Ear
The Elephant’s Ear (native to the Philippines) is a new-found favorite among houseplant enthusiasts and is appreciated for its unusual style.
Its size makes it one of the best indoor large plants for low light.
The leaves can easily burn, so be sure to keep it in a shady spot of the house.
19. Peacock Plant
A variation of the Calathea, the Peacock Plant is a bit higher-maintenance than some of the others listed here.
It prefers frequent watering and has specific minimum temperature requirements (55 F) that should be maintained.
But, in exchange for a little more attention, you get a beautiful, showy houseplant on display in your home.
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33. Devil’s Ivy
Devil’s Ivy (also known in Asia as the “Money Plant”) is a widely popular houseplant in Asian countries.
They’re excellent climbers and are a great beginning plant for anyone starting out on their plant owning journey.
It’s named for it’s ability to “choke out” other plants in nature and grow vines even in the worst conditions.
They’re best in a hanging pot or potted on a desk.
The Fittonia has many vibrant colored varieties and are very popular among smaller houseplants.
While they add great color to a space, they’re also more difficult to maintain. They prefer constant humidity, making them best for a terrarium.
If you do try them in your home, place them in a bathroom with a shower and spritz them with water regularly.
Tips for Growing Indoor Plants that Need No Light
- Don’t over-water your plants.
- Prune them regularly.
- Clean the dust off their leaves.
- Fertilize your soil.
- Watch for pests!
Homestead and Chill blog has some great tips for houseplant care too.
What plant needs the least amount of light?
While most of the indoor plants that need no light listed here can live on tiny amounts of indirect light, if you’re looking for one that could just about survive in a closet, then I would recommend you start with a fern or a terrarium with some moss.
Ferns and moss are known for thriving in the dark forests under the canopy of the trees and can survive with very little light.
What is the easiest houseplant to take care of?
In my opinion, air plants are by far the easiest houseplant to take care of. I mean, they don’t even need water to survive!
But, if you’re looking for a plant that goes in soil, then succulents are going to be your best bet.
Succulents are a great option for a beginner because, not only do they need less light to survive, but they also need less water!
In addition to the succulents listed above with the other indoor plants that don’t need sunlight above, here are few you might want to try:
Plant Stands for Indoor Plants
Small and medium-sized indoor plants often look best when displayed on a plant stand.
There are all sorts of plant stands available online so you should be able to find one that fits the rest of your home’s decor quite easily.
Here are a few of my favorite stands for under $50:
Try placing your plant on a stand next to your sofa or nightstand for instant addition of comfort and style!
Prefer to hang your indoor plants? Check out our DIY tutorial for making a macramé plant hanger!
I hope this list of the 40 best plants to grow indoors helps you add some new, green life to your home!
Don’t be afraid to try one out in a spot and if it’s not doing well, move it somewhere else. Eventually you’ll find a home for it where it thrives!
I can’t wait to try a few of these low light indoor plants in our house. Now the only question left is, which one should I try first?! 😉
Which of these best indoor plants for low light are your favorite? Share with me in the comments!