15 Houseplants for Low Light or Shade Conditions
If you are loooking for houseplants for the low light or shade conditions, here are some houseplants that will easily adapt to the low light conditions. Some of these houseplants will even thrive under artificial light.
Houseplants for low light or shade conditions;
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp)
- Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
- Golden Pothos (Scindapsus sp)
- Heartleaf Plant (Philodendron scandens)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)
- Castor Oil Plant (Fatsia japonica)
- Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
- Spider Plants  (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
- Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
- Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)
- Nerve Plant (Fittonia spp)
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
- Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
The all green Chinese Evergreen is one of the houseplants that is highly tolerant to low light conditions. This Chinese Evergreen is regarded as one of the most tolerant and reliable houseplants. It has also been shown to be an excellent indoor air cleaner.
Snake Plant is one of the houseplants with a tough constitution. This plant is slow growing, low maintenance and extremely hardy (almost indestructible). Snake Plant can withstand low light, dry air, draughts and periods of dryness. It is also known for its air cleaning properties. The only drawback for Snake Plant is root-rot which is brought about by waterlogging.
Like the name suggests, Cast Iron Plant is another houseplant with a tough constitution. It is slow grow and will easily adapt to low light or shade conditions. Cast Iron Plant will withstand a wide range of growing conditions including air pollution and neglect if kept away from direct sunlight.
Golden Pothos also called Devil's Ivy or Money Plant has a high ability to withstand a wide range of growing conditions like low light or shade conditions, draught and excess moisture. It does well in the hardest of conditions. If maintained with moderate watering, Golden Pothos will thrive.
Heartleaf Plant also called Sweetheart Plant is a popular houseplant due to its ease of care and ability to withstand poor growing conditions. It easily adapts to low light or shade conditions. The Heartleaf Plant is suitable for a hanging basket or can be grown as a climber.
English Ivy is easy to grow and adapts easily to low light or shade growing conditions. It is a hardy plant that will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and will not die from a few days neglect. The attractive English Ivy is useful as a screen for the unattractive spots, as a hanging basket plant or as a climber.
Though called a fern, Asparagus Fern is not a true fern. It much easier to grow than true ferns and adapts well to a wide variation in light, heat and frequency of watering. In other words it can withstand some level of neglect. Asparagus Fern bears beautiful, graceful, feathery, green foliage and is a great addition to any houseplant collection.
Castor Oil Plant also called Japanese Aralia is a popular houseplant with a tough constitution. It grows quickly and is extremely durable, accepting a wide range of growing conditions. Castor Oil Plant is an excellent specimen plant which bears large eight-lobed leaves and reaching a height of 4ft or more.
Parlour Palm adapts easily to a wide variation in lighting, it will also thrive under artificial lighting. It produces a dense, deep-green, feathery foliage on arching branches and grows slowly with a minimal outward growth. Parlour Palm is easy to grow and is also a good air cleaner.
Spider Plants are extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and will grow in hot or cool rooms, in sun or shade and will withstand dry air. Spider Plants are fast growing, easy to care for and propagate, and are good indoor air cleaners.
Madagascar Dragon Tree is an excellent stand alone choice for the poorly lit spaces; it adapts easily to a wide range of growing conditions. The colorful foliage makes this plant a popular houseplant. Madagascar Dragon Tree is easy to grow and is also a good indoor air cleaner.
Grape Ivy also called Oakleaf Ivy is one of the most tolerant of houseplants and will tolearte sun or shade, hot or cold air, dry or moist conditions. The leaves are silvery first and turn dark-green and glossy as they mature. Grape Ivy is a vining houseplant that is excellent for a hanging basket.
Creeping fig does well under low light conditions. It grows vigorously and is easy to grow and care for. Creeping Fig prefers warm, moist conditions like is found in most bathrooms, in a terrarium or in a bottle garden.
Nerve plant is a popular houseplant that is highly adaptable to low light conditions. Due to their high humidity requirement, it is suitable for a humid bathroom, a bottle garden or a terrarium. The attractive feature of Nerve Plant is the easily recognisable network of white, pink or red veins.
The ZZ plant also called Zanzibar Gem, Zuzu Plant or Emerald Palm is highly tolerant to low light and dry conditions. It can survive extremely well under low light for up to 4 months without water. ZZ plant is a very hardy succulent plant which bears attractive, glossy foliage and is easy to grow and care for.
Bird's Nest Fern is highly adaptable to low light conditions. It is easy to grow and prefers warm, moist conditions and does not mind low light; which are common features in most bathrooms. The Bird's Nest Fern is large enough to be displayed as a specimen or stand alone plant.