The Best House Plants for Low Light

Plants grown indoors are often subject to variable moisture levels and low-light conditions that can be fatal to many plants. That is why tropical plants that grow in the dense shade of tall trees in warm conditions often make good houseplants for dimly lit areas.

Closet Plant

The Closet Plant (Spathiphyllum) has broad, green shiny leaves and survives damp soil, as well as dimly lit rooms. It is one of the few plants for low-light areas that produces a bloom. The white flower is up to 3 inches tall and is held above the foliage on long, stiff stems. The closet plant can live for 20 years or more in the right conditions.

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is an upright growing plant tolerant of both dry soil and dim light. The stiff strap-like leaves grow up to 3 feet tall. The snake plant stores water in the root system, so can go up to two weeks between waterings.

Heart Leaf Philodrendron

The Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens var. oxycardium) is a vine that grows in low-light conditions. It has glossy, heart-shaped leaves up to 5 inches across. The Heart Leaf Philodendron is watered when the top 1 inch of soil in the planting container is allowed to dry between waterings. It can be pruned back occasionally for a neat and full appearance.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is a short-growing tropical plant for low-light conditions. It prefers medium levels of moisture. The leaves will begin to turn yellow and rot if overwatered. The Chinese Evergreen is available in varieties with leaves that are fully green or variegated. Green blooms are sometimes produced that should be removed when they begin to fade.

Cast Iron Plant

The Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elator) is a tropical plant that grows very well in dimly lit areas, but not complete darkness. It is one of the best houseplants for low-light situations. The leaves are broad and flat and there is no bloom produced. Cast iron plant is easy to overwater so be sure the top half of the potting soil is dry before watering the plant.

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Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.