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Blooming Indoor Plants That Don't Need Sun

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Typical indoor plants require moderate amounts of sun, especially blooming types. There are indoor houseplants that require little exposure to light and are well-suited to life in the shade. Most houseplants appreciate a good deal of humidity, a feature often lacking in most homes with central heat and air conditioning. Regular misting is beneficial, as well as periodic application of houseplant fertilizer.

Silver Vase

Silver vase (Aechmea fasciata) is a common bromeliad well-suited to growing indoors in low-light conditions. It is an evergreen epiphytic (grows on tree or other objects, but is not parasitic) perennial plant with long, rosette-arranged leaves. Its leaves are green and may be banded with silver, growing 2 to 3 feet long and 3 inches wide. Silver vase produces pale blue flowers with pink bracts (petal-like leaves) that are borne in a spike-like bloom lasting several months. Bromeliad roots are more for its support than anything else, but prefer well-drained, airy medium.

Flamingo Flower

Flamingo flower (Anthurium andraeanum), also known as tail flower, is an herbaceous perennial growing up to 3 feet tall. Its elongated, arrowhead-shaped, green leaves grow up to 10 inches long and show distinct veining. Flamingo flowers are made up of a flat, shield-shaped, petal-like bract called a spathe. The spathe surrounds a cylindrical spike of tiny flowers, called the spadix. Flamingo flowers are bright red and capable of blooming all year. Humidity is essential for flowering. Grow flamingo flower in moist, rich soil.

Peace Lily

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii Clevelandii) is an evergreen perennial, well suited to indoor growth. Peace lilies grow to 3 feet tall, with glossy-green, narrow leaf blades, 1 foot long and 4 to 6 inches wide. Peace lily flowers are borne on a spadix surrounded by a white, 6-inch spathe. The flowers are presented above the foliage. Peace lilies grow in most organic soil.

Paper-white Narcissus

Paper-white narcissus is a relative of the daffodil, with short, cup-like coronas surrounded by petals. Force paperwhite bulbs in the winter for indoor blooms. In decorative containers without drainage holes, use gravel to support the bulbs and water up to the root plate only. Do not submerge the bulbs in water. In containers with drainage holes, plant paperwhite bulbs with their "noses" at or slightly below the rim of a 3 to 4 inch deep pot, in well-drained, moist growing medium. For best blooming, place the potted paperwhite in a sunny location until it begins blooming, but paperwhites will flower under any light condition, according to literature published by the North Carolina State University Extension Service. Paperwhite bulbs do not need a period of chilling to produce blooms. Discard bulbs after blooming unless you live in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness zones 8 through 11 where they may be planted outdoors.

Keywords: Indoor flowering plants, Low light houseplants, Indoor low-light flowers

About this Author

Marie Roberts is a freelance writer based in north central Florida. She has a B.S. in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida. Roberts began writing in 2002 and is published in the "Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society."