House Plants That Don't Need a Lot of Humidity

If you live in a dry region, or are pressed for time when it comes to caring for your houseplants, low humidity plants are a good option for you. Xeriscape landscaping was developed for desert like areas, using drought resistant plants. The same techniques and tips can be brought indoors, so you can enjoy houseplants that don't need a lot of humidity.

Vines and Leafy Plants

Dragon plants, dumb-cane plants and snake plants all produce lush foliage, yet grow well in low humidity. Other houseplants that do not require high levels of humidity are philodendron and Zamioculcus zamifolia. Philodendrons practically thrive on neglect, spreading their vines and leaves as they grow. Likewise, the Zamioculcus require very little humidity, growing 2-foot long stems that produce dark green leaves. Schefflera plants, also called umbrella trees, will grow as high as you permit them, and are a good choice for low moisture environments. Apidistra, or the iron plant, is another leafy houseplant that does not require a lot of humidity.

Flowering Plants

Although you will find that most houseplants that don't require a lot of humidity tend to be mainly leafy plants, you have some options for flowers as well. Bromeliads come in a wide variety of colors and their flowers last between two to three weeks. Peace lilies are another good choice, and they produce attractive white flowers. Clivias are flowering plants that grow well indoors, with showy stalks of lily-like flowers.

Cactus and Succulents

Of course, the plants that really thrive in low moisture conditions are cactus and succulents. Succulents owe their name to their thick, spongy leaves. You can find very small succulents, smaller than the palm of your hand, to ones as large as a head of cauliflower. Colors vary from pinks to reds, grays and many tones of green, and even blue. Group a number of different succulents in sandy gravel, add a cactus plant or two, and you will have houseplants that are healthy, beautiful and require very little humidity.

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Ruth Taylor is a teacher and a freelance writer. She has been writing for years, but only recently started freelancing. Her articles have appeared in Livestrong, eHow and other websites. In college she majored in Spanish and graduated summa cum laude with a M.A.T. in teaching a second language. She has taught both in high school and elementary school.