Indoor Easy-Care Flowers & Plants That Do Not Need Light

Easy-to-grow flowers for indoors are those that are hardy in most soils and those that need little light. Easy care flowers are better for beginning gardeners. Indoor plants that do not need light include many ferns, ground covers and some surprises.

Asparagus Fern

The asparagus fern is known by many names; emerald fern, foxtail fern and Protasparagus densiflorus. It is a drought tolerant perennial good for indoor and container use. It is a fast growing plant and an easy-to-grow member of the lily family. Its light green stems are 2 to 6 feet long and help the plant get 2 to 3 feet tall. The small flowers are white and appear in the summer and the berries are red. Plant this without direct sun with regular watering. Propagate via root mass division or by seed.

Green Wandering Jew

The green wandering jew is known by other names such as small leaf spiderwort, speedy Jenny and Tradescantia fluminensis. It is a perennial good for containers and for indoor use. It's fast-growing and an easy to grow member of the spiderwort family. Leaves get 1 to 2.5 inches long with stripes. White flowers come from spring to fall. It is a ground cover that trails in containers and hanging baskets. Plant in rich, well-drained soil with any light. Propagate via stem fragments.

Oyster Plant

The oyster plant is known by many names: men in a boat, Moses in the cradle, boatlily and Tradescantia spathacea. It is a drought tolerant evergreen perennial good for containers and indoor use, an easy-to-grow member of the spiderwort family. Leaves are sword shaped, 6 to 12 inches long, on an 8-inch stem. Flowers are small and white and stay year-round. Plant an oyster plant in any soil in light shade for best results, but it can grow in any light. Propagate via spring cuttings or by seed.

Iron Plant

The iron plant is also known as barroom plant, cast iron plant and Aspidistra elatior. It is an evergreen, fast-growing drought-tolerant perennial, an easy-to-grow member of the lily family. Leaves are dark green and lance shaped, 12 to 20 inches long. Flowers are so tiny they have to be looked for to see. Plant an iron plant in fertile, well-drained soil in deep to moderate shade. Propagate via clump division in spring.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is known by many name: ribbon plant, spider ivy and Chlorophytum comosum. It is a perennial that is fast-growing and an easy-to-grow member of the lily family. Leaves are grass-like, 8 to 16 inches long. White flowers are at tips of the stalks. Baby spider plants come at the edge of the stalks. Most are variegated plants, but in the wild there are green leaves. Plant a spider plant in any light, soil and temperature. Propagate via rooting the baby spider plants or divide the root mass.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.