The Best Plants for Low-Light Areas Mar 20, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Do you find it hard to keep plants alive because your apartment or house doesn’t get a lot of light? Not to fret - you probably just haven’t found the right plant for you! You’d probably be surprised at how many options are out there. Chances are you can probably find one that suits you best!

Split Leaf Philodendron

The split leaf philodendron is a great alternative for those who love the fiddle leaf plant. They’re becoming more and more stylish and is now featured on design blogs and websites. They are a fairly substantial plant that is useful if you don’t have any direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, and this plant will be super happy.

Heart Leaf Philodendron

Plants in the philodendron family are generally great plants for low light areas in your home. This plant has a smaller leaf, and more of a “vine-like” feel to it. It’s great to sit on the top shelf and let the vines hang down. It thrives in any indirect light so just make sure it’s not in direct light because it definitely doesn’t like that.


Ferns are known to grow on the ground in many forests, so they’re used to not having a lot of direct sunlight. They are a bit fussier and require a humid environment so they may need to be misted with water unless you have a humidifier in your home. Because of their love for humidity, they actually make a great bathroom plant!

Snake Plant

Snake plants are actually a really pretty plant to look at! But not only that, they are literally one of the hardest plants to kill. You can actually forget about them for weeks on end without killing them, and they actually will even look great! They are perfect for apartment dwellers and help to purify the air in your home.


Pothos are very similar to Philodendron plants. They can live in bright light and low light areas, and really don’t need that much care. A great benefit to this plant is that if you buy one and it grows and thrives well, you can take the cuttings off of it and grow even more! So technically you could share the plant love with friends and family!

Cast Iron Plant

This plant is great if you’re the type of person who always forgets to water their plants or flowers. The cast iron plant is great in both dry and humid conditions. However, the downfall (to some people) of this plant is the fact that it grows really slowly, so unless you’re willing to wait a few years for a more prominent appearance you might want to choose another option. But once it’s fully grown it looks great, so it’s totally worth the wait!

Madagascar Dragon Tree

This is a great plant to bring into your apartment if you love the tropics and want to bring some of it into your home! It’s actually a really hard plant to kill, and when you think it’s almost dead it can bounce right back to life! Its growth can border on wild, but it’s also easy to groom it once in a while. Basically, all you need to do is keep the soil damp, and it will stay alive!

ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant is another plant made for those who forget to take care of anything greenery growing in your home. It can become quite a large plant and historically has been seen as more of an office plant, but it’s quickly becoming seen in many homes thanks to its independent personality. It’s similar to a cactus because it doesn’t require much attention or water, just plop it in a dark corner and watch it grow!

Ponytail Palm

The Ponytail palm is actually a type of bonsai tree with a bulb at the base of the plant (which also helps them tolerate droughts). They do enjoy hanging out in bright light areas, but if you don’t want it to grow 30-feet high, keeping them in a low light area would be a great idea.

Brighten up your living room or office with a plant that won’t die even in low light.



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