7 Best Plants to Grow in Darker Rooms

We know, we know... you're sitting in your enormous room with gigantic floor-to-ceiling windows. Any type of plant you bring into your home is going to absolutely flourish because no matter where you choose to place them, they'll get more sunlight than if they were smack dab in the middle of an open field. Are we guessing correctly? It's like we can see right through the screen and check out your room, yea?

Uhhhh, probably not so much. Unlike the amazing photos that can be found filling your Instagram feed, most of us have awkward rooms that only have certain areas that get sunlight, and even that sunlight is only a couple hours a day. Your office more than likely has even less light, but you certainly would like to have a couple plants with you there, too. 

There is a solution! A number of plants do just fine in darker, low-light rooms. We've gathered a list of our favorite low-light houseplants that don't mind the darkness. 

7 Best Plants to Grow in Darker Rooms

Maidenhair Fern

A Maidenhair Fern in a 6" nursery pot.

Ferns always make me think of plants that grow exclusively outside, but the Maidenhair Fern does great indoors, as well! It typically grows in wooded, outdoor areas, and therefore doesn't receive too much light when growing naturally. Though Maidenhair Ferns are also great for areas with bright, indirect sunlight, a darker room will be just fine for this festive fern. Just don't forget to mist it occasionally, as it prefers a more humid environment.

Snake Plant

A Snake Plant Laurentii in a 6" nursery pot

The Snake Plant seems to come up frequently on this site. It's such a unique looking plant that is adaptable to most anything. They don't require too much water or attention, and are able to handle most any lighting condition. If you have an empty corner of your room that doesn't receive too much light, a Snake Plant is a great match!

Dumb Cane

A Dumb Cane plant in a 6" nursery pot.

The Dumb Cane Plant, also known as Dieffenbachia "Memoria Corsii" or Leopard Lily, is one of the most popular and easiest houseplants to grow. The Dumb Cane is a quick-growing plant and can reach full size within just a couple years. Bright, indirect sunlight is recommended for Dumb Cane Plants, but they'll do just fine in lower lighting situations, as well!

Pothos N'Joy

A Pothos N'Joy plant in a 6" nursery pot.

The Pothos.. OH JOY! Err.. wait, that's N'Joy. The Pothos N'Joy is one of our favorites, if for no other reason than it's just so much fun to say. The Pothos N'Joy is one of those plants on the hard-to-kill list. They're super easy to care for and fairly adaptable. They can handle a range of lighting conditions, and can tolerate a missed watering from time to time as well.

Parlor Palm

You've probably seen a Parlor Palm sitting in a doctor's office waiting room or coffee shop lobby before. They seem to be all over indoor spaces since they don't require too much light or attention. They're also a very popular houseplant, known for their low-maintenance requirements. They do, however, tend to grow somewhat slowly. 

Parlor Palms don't mind being crowded with other palms, and so putting multiple plants together in a larger pot won't cause any harm. It's a great way to make the plants look more full when first starting out with them!

Red Prayer Plant

A Maranta Red Prayer plant in a 6" nursery pot

Most indoor plants that thrive in low lighting don't provide too much color, but that's not the case with the Red Prayer Plant! This plant, also known as the Maranta Plant, is lovely with its pink or red streaks along its leaves. Native to tropical rainforests, the plant produces flowers in its natural environment but rarely does when grown indoors.

The plant gets its name because the leaves have a tendency to form a prayer position around dusk. It tends to handle most any lighting situation like a champ!

ZZ Plant

A ZZ plant in a 4" nursery pot.

The ZZ Plant seems to make it on every list of ours. It really is one of our absolute favorites. They can handle most any lighting situation, and never complain. I can honestly say I've never heard any of our ZZ Plants complain about ANYTHING. Although, the day I start hearing the plants talking to me is maybe the day I need to get out of the plant business!

Anyhow, ZZ Plants will do great in a bright room, but they'll do just as well in darker areas. You can place them nearly anywhere and watch them grow for years to come!

And there it is! Our favorite indoor plants for darker rooms. If you're just beginning your journey as a houseplant-enthusiast, be sure to check out our list of the 5 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners!

If after all that you're still worried about your plants not getting enough light, an inexpensive grow light can solve any of your lighting concerns!


Happy Planting! 💚

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