• Annie Vautour

8 Houseplants That Will Survive in Low Light

Updated: May 20, 2020

01/ 08 Snake plant (Dracaena zeylanica)

Dracaena (Sansevieria) zeylanica as well as Dracaena (Sansevieria) trifasciata and other species and cultivars, will survive just fine in low light.

This one stands the test of time, surviving in my dark room for years now.

Plus, they do not require any extra humidity and the watering requirements allow for the soil to dry out completely between watering. Snake plants are a very low maintenance, easy houseplant to add to your collection.

02/ 08 Zz plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or more simply put, a Zz plant. These plants are very fashionable at the moment.

The Zz plant is capable of surviving in low light, you can place it in front of a northern facing window, a few feet away from a sunny south facing window, or in front of a very sheer curtain as they prefer indirect sunlight.

03/ 08 Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)

Dracaena fragrans, or more commonly known as the corn plant is another beautiful houseplant that actually prefers to not be next to a window, you could place it in a more shaded spot such as a hallway that gets some light. Dracaena marginata known as the dragon tree is part of the same genus as the corn plant but needs to be in bright, indirect light, a beautiful plant worth mentioning in addition to Dracaena Fragrans.

04/ 08 Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Spathiphyllum wallisii is a plant that is very tolerant of low light.

In fact the leaf tips can turn brown if the plant is getting too much direct sunlight. Low light does not mean no light though, placing your peace lily in indirect sunlight will encourage your peace lily to flower.

05/ 08 Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Chlorophytum comosum, the spider plant prefers to be placed in a spot away from direct sunlight, in a slightly more shaded spot.

Direct, hot sunlight can cause the leaves to burn leading to brown leaf tips.

06/ 08 Marble queen pothos (Epipremnum Aureum 'Marble queen')

Epipremnum Aureum 'Marble queen' or commonly called Marble queen pothos. This white and green variegated trailing plant will thrive in low to medium, indirect light. Place in front of a northern facing window or place on the other side of the room if you have a very sunny south facing window so that the leaves do not get scorched.

You will know if this plant is not getting enough light when the leaves start to lose their variegation on new growth. Also, a considerably easy plant to care for if you are a beginner as this plant is a member of the hardy pothos family.

07/ 08 Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)

Philodendron cordatum, 'cordatum' comes from the Latin word 'cordate' which means heart shaped, so this plant is more commonly known as heart leaf philodendron. It is another trailing plant that is easy to care for and can tolerate low light. It prefers low to bright, indirect sunlight.

A beautiful, low maintenance houseplant that everybody should have in their collection.

08/ 08 Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)

Aglaonema, Chinese evergreen thrives in higher humidity areas, think of placement in your bathroom or consider purchasing a humidifier or frequently misting the leaves to keep up the humidity as these plants do not tolerate dry air. This plant will do best in an area of your home which receives low to medium, indirect light. Also to note, keep this plant in a warm spot with no drafts as they do not tolerate colder temperatures.



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