House Plants That Do Not Need Much Light

Houseplants that need low light provide an easy alternative for those with less than a green thumb. Generally, these plants need less water, food and leaf washing than their outdoor counterparts and can take a little extra drying of the soil between waterings as well. However, because indoor plants originated from tropical areas, you might want to consider providing extra humidity, and keep houseplants away from drafty or ventilated areas.

Snake Plant

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue or bowstring hemp, grows up to 4 feet tall and has dark green leaves with light green or yellow bands on the edges. This insect resistant houseplant can survive virtually any adverse growing condition outside of overwatering.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese evergreen, native to Asia (particularly the Philippines and Malaysia), grows 1 to 3 feet tall and can flourish for years. Some varieties have dark green leaves while others have variegated leaves. It prefers warmth but will still tolerate cool climates.

Cast Iron Plant

This low-light houseplant gets its common name from the fact that it can survive extreme heat and dryness for lengthy periods of time. It prefers infrequent watering and produces pointy dark green leaves that measure up to 2 feet long. The cast iron plant is the most cold tolerant houseplant.

Rubber Plant

Native to southeast Asia, the rubber plant grows thick and glossy dark green foliage with a leathery feel and reaches heights up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It's also known as the Indian rubber tree or fig and produces a sticky white sap.

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