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Best Low Light Houseplants

Looking for houseplants that don't need a lot of light? Then you're in luck! This Shades of Green Shopping Guide list our six favorite houseplants for low light conditions.

All of these plants, along with other houseplants, may be found at Shades of Green Nursery + Landscape! (Availability varies by season and demand. Plants may not be  in-stock at the time of your visit.)

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Our Top Houseplants for Low Light:

SG-ZZ plant

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas) - is characterized by its thick waxy green leaves. A great air purifying option, this plant needs water every 2-3 weeks. Medium to low indirect light. Roots have big rhizomes that help store water.


Sansevieria - (aka, snake plant or mother-in-laws tongue) comes in many different varieties, popular because of their adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions, can handle low light to direct sunlight. Though in full sun they get blistered with sun damage. Water every 2-4 weeks. They like to dry out in between waterings.


Dracaena - Dracaenas come in MANY different varieties, young plants are small and bushy, making them perfect for desks and tabletops. Older dracaenas develop woody, tree-like stems called canes. Dracaenas tend to have small root systems and like the soil to stay damp but not soggy. Recommended watering would be every 1-3 weeks depending on the size and variety. Can handle low to bright light. Helps with air purification.

SG-Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) - prefer low to medium indirect light. Avoid exposing to direct sunlight, which can burn foliage. These plants produce white flowers, occasionally having a fragrance. These flowers can last up to a few months and turn green with age. Peace lilies tend to be more thirsty, needing water every 1-2 weeks, these plants droop when dry. Helps with air purification.


Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) - Aglaonema like to dry out between waterings. Be weary of over-watering, as they are prone to root rot. The key signs of over-watering are yellowing or mushy stalks or leaves. If you find this occurring, let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Otherwise, water approximately every 1-2 weeks. Thrives in low to indirect bright light.

SG-Pothos Ivy

Pothos Ivy (money plant, devil's ivy) - This plant will grow anywhere. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. If your pothos is highly variegated - especially the white variegation - they may either not grow as well in low light or may lose their variegation if the light is too low. Pothos ivy needs water every 1-4 weeks depending on conditions and likes to dry out in between waterings. Helps with air purification.

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The Shades of Green Show: Best Houseplants for Low Light  (video coming soon!)