Best Low Light Indoor Plants

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Low light can be a challenge for any green thumb enthusiast. While there are options to provide additional light through various grow lights options, not everyone wants to deck their homes in full-spectrum bulbs.

What does low light mean?

Low light doesn't mean a dark room without any source of light. East or west-facing rooms with a window or two but without any direct sunshine are considered low light spaces.

If you are worried about plants surviving a low light home, here are few houseplants that might thrive in it.

Best Low Light Indoor Plants Snake Plant

Snake Plants

Also known as Sansevieria, Snake plants can tolerate a very low light environment and thrive on neglect. They do grow best when they receive some sun, however. There are about 70 varieties of Snake Plants, such as Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Black Gold’, Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Futura Robusta’, Sansevieria Trifasciata 'Laurentii’, Sansevieria ‘Cleopatra’, and Sansevieria Zeylanica.

Spider Plants

Found in pretty much any household for a good reason. Spider plants are one of the most adaptable plants and are super easy to grow. Spider plants can also tolerate shade.

Best Low Light Indoor Plants Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Also known as Epipremnum aureum, this plant is super hardy and difficult to kill. It can live and survive in pretty shady spaces and can take long draughts periods.


Ferns would make a lovely addition to your home, and most of them can tolerate low light conditions too. Ferns have been around for millions of years and can grow and adapt to lots of different environments. The easiest way to spot the shade lovers is to check their leaves. Ferns with crinkled leaves can do well in less light. My favourite fern to grow indoor is Microsorum musifolium or Crocodile fern.

Best Low Light Indoor Plants ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

Super popular with plant lovers due to its colouring and ease in growing. ZZ plants are shade-loving plants that will be very forgiving for forgetting to water them.

If your room is completely dark (no windows), the chances of any plants surviving are pretty low. In this instance, I would advise supplementing the light with grow lights.