Top 12 Best Plants For Dark Rooms & Basements

Best Plants For Dark Rooms

Plants are a great way to liven up a darkened room or dark corner of a room.

The challenge is that most plants prefer brighter light than those places give.

But there are some plants that prefer low light and will thrive in lower light conditions.

We’ve lined up some beautiful indoor plants that really will work well when there’s a shortage of light.


Golden Pothos

If you want a very low maintenance plant that will thrive in a dark room even under artificial light then this is the plant for you.

Few indoor plants can deal with low light conditions better than the Golden Porthos can.

It’s the ideal choice for your lobby, dorm room, or office. It doesn’t even need much watering to stay healthy.


Peace Lily (Flowering Shade Plant)

Despite the dark green leaves and the beautiful white blooms, this is another of the indoor plants that almost shun natural light and thrive in low light conditions.

Dark rooms are a great place for this plant.

The peace lily is not poisonous either so even if your dark room occasionally plays host to children or pets, it’s fine to keep it around. However, we would note that some people are sensitive to its pollen.


Chinese Evergreen

If you’re looking for shade-loving plants then you can do worse than the Chinese evergreen which are among our favorite low light plants.

However, it’s important never to put this plant in direct sunlight or it will die. They say it also helps to purify the air in a room.


Snake Plant

We love the snake plant when it comes to low light conditions (find out how much light a snake plant requires) and because it requires next to no watering (learn how to water it here).

In fact, you might say that these plants refuse to die in even the worst of conditions. Now, please, don’t test that theory but do be aware that this plant is one of the least demanding options you can put in a room.

Snake plants are also known as mother-in-law’s tongue.


The ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant is one of the most popular choices of plant with homeowners and it’s because not only does it thrive in low light situations but as indoor plants go – it’s almost indestructible.

It has its own emergency water supply which allows it to go a month or more without being watered!


Dracaena Lemon Lime

It’s ok with low light but the Dracaena Lemon Lime needs a bit of indirect light to thrive, so don’t dump it into the shade.

That doesn’t have to be bright indirect light but it must have some indirect light.

If you ever have any doubts about looking after any given plant use these awesome apps to find out how.


Spider Plant (A Low Light Wonder)

A spider plant is so averse to light that it can be damaged by even artificial lighting if it is exposed to it at night!

However, apart from that, this is considered to be one of the hardest to kill plants of them all! It is also well known for its air-purifying properties.


Heart-Leaf Philodendron

The plants are happy wherever and they are an air-purifying plant, but they need some humidity if you want them to enjoy life and that means regular misting sprays if the room isn’t naturally humid.

We like to put them in hanging baskets because they look great in them.


Prayer Plant

First-time plant parents often love this plant when they’re plant shopping because it’s so striking to look at.

It’s also a forgiving plant that only needs occasional watering, keep prayer plants away from direct sun but also out of the full shade and they will grow indoors very happily indeed in low light areas.


Peacock Plant

This bright showy plant is hardy but needs a lot of humidity – that means daily mistings if you want it to have fun.

New plant parents might prefer to opt for low maintenance plants rather than this one, but it’s really a very forgiving plant as long as it has humidity.


Cast Iron Plant

Like some other plants, this one is nearly indestructible and it comes from dry regions of East Asia and really loves living in shade.

However, plant owners should know that these are quite expensive plants to buy because they take a long time to grow, probably because they tolerate low light so well.


Japanese Sago Palm

This semi-tropical plant comes from Japan and it’s highly toxic – so don’t let kids or pets chew on it.

However, it’s tough as old boots and looks super interesting. If you want an unusual plant for your space – this might be the way to go.


Final Notes

So there you have it a collection of the best indoor plants that love a low light environment and which will bring some colorful leaves and hints of bright green goodness to any space in your home where the light doesn’t reach too far.

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