Top 12 Houseplants That Can Live With Almost No Sunlight

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Here are the top 12 houseplants that thrive in total darkness and are perfect for a home with few windows or a small apartment with few light sources. Some of them work best in moderate light, but they still function adequately in low light.

Continue reading if you’re ready to add those plants to your space.


Most bromeliad varieties fare well when grown in a container indoors under partial shade. Because it’s a tropical plant, it can thrive in any environment, including fluorescent lighting.


Calathea (Peacock Plant)

In terms of foliage design, it’s hard to beat as a houseplant. Despite flourishing in partial shade, this plant is picky about its environment and requires a steady 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) at all times.

It thrives in consistently wet soil and frequent watering (the frequency of which should be adjusted for the intensity of available light and the ambient temperature).


Dragon Tree

As its name implies, the dragon tree is a hardy plant that never dies. The plant will look dreadful if exposed to direct sunshine or if it receives too much water.


Spider Plant

Growing a spider plant requires very little effort, making it one of the most beloved houseplants. This plant is ideal for use in hanging planters and has the added benefit of purifying the air within the home.


Peace Lilly

Get a peace lily if you tend to forget to water your houseplants. Grown with little effort, peace lilies thrive in partially shaded areas. Also, it helps to purify the atmosphere.


Chinese evergreen

The Chinese evergreen plant is well recognized as the go-to choice for low-light environments in the home. A tropical foliage plant that thrives in low-water conditions, arid air, and extended periods of drought.



The philodendron plant is able to thrive under dim lighting. They can be either a vine or a shrub.

Soil moisture levels should be kept between moist and wet at all times. You should let the soil dry out a little bit in between waterings.



Small, stunning, and lovely, peperomia can reach a maximum height of just 6 inches in the home. Many people mistakenly believe it to be a succulent because of its lush foliage.

Peperomia prefers soil with a mild moistness and moderate humidity; however, watering should be reduced during the winter months. Humidity can be maintained by spraying the plant’s leaves.


Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos/Money Plant)

It is frequently grown as a houseplant in Asian countries and is sometimes referred to as the money plant in South East Asia. This vine requires almost no care and grows well even when shaded.

This vine requires almost no care and grows well even when shaded.

Excellent climber that may be grown in the bathroom, kitchen, or living room. Taking out the deadly CO2 from the air is one of its most notable features.


Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Snake Plant)

Mother-in-tongue, law’s often called snake plant, requires very little attention. It has proven to be one of the most hardy and well-liked houseplants around. It’s incredible how well it does in the dark. The fact that it is a succulent adds another layer of intrigue to this houseplant.


Carex morrowii (Japanese Sedge)

The ornamental grass known as Japanese sedge thrives in indirect sunlight and partial shade.


Creeping Fig

The creeper’s dark green, leathery leaves grow slowly and steadily. Regardless of the surface they’re attached to, the rapidly expanding, densely adhering branches of this plant will have a magical effect.

The creeping fig can easily be ruined by too much water. To prevent overwatering, wait for the soil to dry out between waterings.


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