How To Pick Plants For Low Light Spaces

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It’s easy to style brightly lit window sills and cute little nooks that are blessed with perfect natural light, but what about those cold, dark corners that are devoid of warmth and almost any light at all? 

The plants in this How To Guide will survive in low light spaces, but they certainly won’t thrive. You may find over time they become leggy (long length between leaves) and they most definitely won’t flower. 

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

The name says it all - it’s a toughie this one. And actually does better if you neglect it. This is our top pick for a low light space as it is a beautiful plant that can create a statement in that dark corner of the house, particularly when paired with a cute pot. Give it water when you remember and make sure you wipe down it’s leaves every few weeks as it will easily collect dust.

Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Also known as the Snake Plant, this is a succulent with long sword-shaped leaves that style well in narrow or awkward spaces. Despite being a succulent plant, it can thrive in low light spaces. They are slow-growing and low maintenance, just give them water every few weeks and make sure they drain well afterwards as they don’t like being wet.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

This is a super popular indoor house plant. It’s easy to take care of and perfect for a low light space. The ZZ is slow growing and has feather-like leaves which is a pretty darn cute feature of the plant. Water regularly, making sure the soil dries out between waterings so you don’t encounter any yellow leaves.

Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

Big shoutout to this guy who probably isn’t the most popular or loved plant around, but actually has a bit of character and brings the vibe to any low light space. They prefer a shady spot out of hot, direct light and you don’t have to stress over a perfectly timed watering schedule.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

This is a great option for a bathroom or laundry where there is a small amount of indirect sunlight, and the high humidity will help keep this one happy. The Peace Lily likes a bit more water than the other plants on our list and may need a little more attention, but the gorgeous leaves are totally worth it. Keep in mind that unless it receives bright indirect light, the flowers won’t bloom.