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The Best Low-Light Indoor Plants

By Erin McManaway
Indoor plants that grow in dim light
potted yukka tree plant at night. image by rozeykex from Fotolia.com

Some indoor rooms offer fantastic lighting conditions for potted plants to thrive. Others simply don’t. Just because a room is dim or doesn’t have a strong, consistent light source does not mean that indoor plants can’t survive there. In fact, there are a number of attractive and easy-to-maintain plants that endure low-lit conditions very easily.


For an oriental accent in your dim room, certain a species of bamboo known as Indocalamus tessellates are a good choice. This resilient type of bamboo is native to China and may grow up to 3 feet tall in a potted, indoor environment.

Spider Plant

The spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is an extremely hardy, low-light plant that's also known as the “airplane plant.” It has earned this name due to its long, dangling stems that produce flowers that eventually become “baby” spider plants. Spider plants make idea hanging plants and are good for beginners.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema commutatum, is another hardy plant that thrives in low-lit environments. This plant is sometimes called “silver queen” due to the silvery-green coloration along its leaves.


Pothos, Epipremnum aureum, is a hardy and versatile plant. It can flourish in many light and humidity conditions, including low-lit indoor rooms. Pothos tends to have a climbing and dangling growth pattern that makes it an attractive hanging plant.

Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior, is native to Japan, China and Taiwan. Its rough, leathery leaves and sturdy disposition have earned it the nickname “iron plant.” This plant is a slow-growing species that requires patience and time for development. However, it can endure low light and even colder environments, which makes it a resilient indoor plant.


About the Author


Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.