10 House Plants That Need Little Sunlight

10 house plants that need little sun

Indoor house plants can work wonders on your home’s aesthetic. Today I am sharing 10 house plants that need little sunlight. They bring a touch of greenery and beauty to your décor.

House plants can also benefit your overall health by detoxifying the air around you. If you’ve been wanting to start growing house plants, but you think you don’t have enough light, this post is for you!

There’s a house plant that can fit every lifestyle and lighting situation. This list of the 10 best indoor plants can help you create a lovely space and allow you to reap the health benefits, all without worrying about the sunlight. 

Benefits of Growing House Plants

There’s something special about adding greenery to your home. It adds beauty and life to home and provides a wealth of benefits. Owning plants can help you in many ways.


Plants Can Reduce Stress

Having plants in your home can help you reduce your stress levels. They can make you feel more comfortable and help soothe the space around you. 


Working with Plants Can Be Therapeutic

This one partners with the reducing stress levels benefit. Working with plants by potting, watering, propagating, and caring for plants can reduce symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and many other conditions.


Plants Improve Your Health

Plants are little miracle workers that help to scrub toxins from the air and help to purify your home. It also improves oxygen levels by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. More oxygen leads to improved mood, more energy, and focus. 


What Does Low Light or Little Sunlight Mean?

I think it’s important to understand what low light or little sunlight means. Especially before you invest in house plants! Low light does not mean any sunlight.

It means it can be placed in an area that receives indirect sunlight and still survives. This can be anywhere in a room, but there needs to be at least a window for some light. 


10 Indoor Plants that Need Little Sunlight

Low light conditions can sometimes be a challenge when trying to grow plants indoors. These plants can tolerate just about any placement, and most can tolerate those neglectful gardeners. Here are 10 indoor plants that need very little sunlight.  


1. Snake Plant

Snake plants often referred to as sansevieria, are some of the best low light and low maintenance plants you can own. It thrives in partial shade but does exceptionally well in the shade.

This plant can tolerate droughts and neglectful conditions. It’s recommended you water at least when the soil is completely dry. snake plant


2. Peace Lily

The peace lily is a beautiful plant that can tolerate neglect and does great in low light. It’s a great air purifier in any room it’s in. The leaves are a large deep green, producing cute, elegant white flowers.

The lighting does have everything to do with how many flowers it produces. If you want it to produce more lilies, you’ll need to place it in lighter, but it’s still beautiful without. The most common mistake is overwatering, so be sure to only water when the soil is dry. 

peace lily


3. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plants are perfect for people that struggle with caring for plants. These plants have a built-in water reservoir and can thrive on neglect.

The bulbous rhizome stores water to help it survive the harshest environments. You’ll only want to water this plant when the top at least two inches of soil is dry. 

zz plant


4. Golden Pothos

One of the most resilient house plants you can find, the pothos plant can thrive in just about any room.

This vining plant looks great in any part of your home and is easy to care for. It comes in a variety of green-colored leaves. Water this plant only when the soil is dry to the touch. 

Pothos plants can survive with almost no light!  I have one of my pothos plants in a really dark corner and I am always shocked by how little light it needs to survive. 



5. Chinese Evergreen

This common low light indoor plant can come in many varieties and requires only moist soil and much little else.

The Chinese evergreen, also known as Aglaonema, is a gorgeous green plant that becomes variegated with more lighting. Keep this plant’s soil moist, and keep this one away from any pets. 

Chinese Evergreen


6. Philodendron

The Philodendron is another great plant for rooms with lower light. This plant grows fast and is a vining plant and looks lovely hanging from your ceiling or trained to climb walls.

They come in a variety of colors, and care is easy. Watering this plant is only necessary when the soil is dry to the touch. 



7. Parlor Palm

If you’re looking for a tropical-looking plant, the parlor palm is the perfect plant for you.

When you think of tropical plants, you probably think of sunlight. But the parlor palm does fantastic with little sunlight. It does like more humid conditions, so keep the soil moist. 

parlor palm


8. Peperomia

The peperomia is a cute little plant that is pretty easy to keep alive.

Peperomias can come in quite various leave, colors, shapes, and textures and are typically pretty small. You only need to water this plant when the soil is dry to the touch. These house plants need little sunlight!

The fun thing about peperomias is they make offshoots and those can be taken out and transplanted into another new plant!



9. Calathea

The calathea varieties come in some truly stunning colors. Some have variegated leaves with reds or pinks, and some have bright yellows and creams. This house plant does really well in low to medium light.

It requires moist soil as often as you can to thrive. This plant is a beautiful addition to any room, and it’s safe for pets.



10. Prayer Plants

There are a lot of prayer-plants, but all types have beautiful, decorative leaves. The name comes from how the leaves react during the evenings.

They seem to fold up as if in prayer and appear more open during the day. You will want to keep your prayer-plants soil nice and moist. Prayer plants are great house plants that need little sunlight.

On a quiet night, I actually hear and see my prayer plant moving. It is so fun to watch this plant move around in the evenings.

prayer plant

Low maintenance and little sunlight are needed for these beauties. Adding plants to your home can clearly give you plenty of health benefits, and they look great too.

This list of plants is great whether you’ve got a knack for caring for greenery or not or are just stuck with a dimly lit home.

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