9 Pretty Indoor Plants that Require Little to No Light

Indoor plants that require little to no light are near and dear to my heart.

Why, you ask?

Because I live under a canopy of 30 pine trees. Which means natural light in most rooms of my home is very hard to come by.

So far, my south-facing dining room window seems like it is doing great for a variety of different plants, but the rest of the rooms in my home are “Low Light” plants only.

And that’s perfectly okay by me because there are some truly beautiful lowlight plants.

What Exactly Does “Low Light” Mean?

If you are trying to identify what spots in your home do get “low light”, you have to take the perspective of your plant.

If you’re thinking about a spot in the living room for a pretty plant, put yourself in that spot and see what the plant sees.

If it is far from a window and not able to see the sky, then it is probably a low light location. You’ll want to make sure you choose one of the plants below that like low light.

Does a plant exist that needs “No Light”

You might remember this from high school Biology: Light is food for plants. So, technically, no, a plant can’t live without some light.

I know you’re thinking of your old office building where there was no window in sight and yet somehow you were still able to maintain a little Pothos on your desk.

It was probably getting just enough from the artificial light and had adapted to those conditions.

But “no light” is definitely not ideal if you want your plant to thrive.

9 Houseplants That Require Little to No Light

Now that we have an understanding of just what exactly “low light” means, it’s time to pick out some pretty plants to fill those darker corners of our homes.

Because that’s the idea, right? Fill all the corners of the home?

No? Too much? Ok, fill a couple of darker corners in your home. Fine.

#1. Pothos

If you manage to kill a Pothos, just turn in your indoor gardener card, ok?

They are one of the most forgiving plants out there. I know because it’s the one I left behind my dorm fridge for an entire semester freshman year and my mother still was able to nurture life back into it.

Light: Medium to Bright Indirect Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 1 inch of soil is dry

#2. Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen was one of the plants I got from my Plant Parent Starter set from The Sill. You can read about that in this post on what’s the best houseplant.

I adore this plant. It has beautiful dark green leaves and just a little variegation. It’s very handsome.

Light: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 2-3 inches of soil are dry

#3. Dumb Cane

There’s something stately about the stature of the Dumb Cane, isn’t there? I think it’s a very sort of expressive plant.

If you’re curious what the “dumb” part is about, well, if you chew the stem it can make you temporarily speechless. Seriously.

Don’t chew the stem.

Light: Medium to Bright Indirect Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 1-2 inches of soil are dry

#4. Snake Plant

I actually did kill a snake plant once. I left it on the dining room floor for a very, very long time and it was still alive but not looking good, at all.

Then I’m pretty sure I overwatered it into submission. 🙁

Well, I have another one now and that will NOT be happening. It’s doing great!

Light: Medium to Bright Indirect Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 1-2 inches of soil are dry

#5. ZZ Plant

If you’re looking for something a little bit funky that will work well in low light, then let me introduce you to ZZ Plant.

It’s got a really distinct look to it with those sort of Z shaped leaves.

Light: Medium to Bright Indirect Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 2 inches of soil are dry

#6. Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron plant is aptly named. It is a very persistent little plant.

But it’s so pretty, too! I love the bushy shape of the leaves. It just looks hardy.

Light: Low Light

Water: Water when top 1.5-2 inches of soil are dry

#7. Schefflera

If you’ve got a spot for a floor plant, then you might love Schefflera. If you are able to get it into enough light, you might see those pretty leaves get some nice variegation.

I love the way the leaves almost end up looking like a flower. Pretty, pretty plant.

Light: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 2-3 inches of soil are dry

#8. Dragon Tree

If you’re into sculptural, contemporary looking plants, then a Dragon Tree might be perfect for that low light spot in your home.

Dragon Tree just has so much personality. You know no one is going to be able to pass by without making a comment on this guy!

Light: Medium Indirect Light to Low Light

Water: Water when the top 2-4 inches of soil are dry

#9. Peace Lily

We like to call the Peace Lily the drama queen plant.

You’ll understand if you get one and forget to water her for a little longer than she likes.

(She droops like crazy and then perks right back up!)

Light: Medium to Bright Indirect Light, Low Light

Water: Water when top 1 inch of soil is dry

Put Some Happy Plants in Your Low Light Spots

Now you know my favorite indoor plants that require little to no light.

As long as you pick the right plant, even your low light spots in your home can have some happy plants.