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These 10 houseplants are amazing and need almost zero sunlight!

Hey there wannabe-houseplant-parent! Do you live in a dark home? Are you looking for Houseplants That Need (Almost) Zero Sunlight? You’re in the right spot, I am sharing 10 of my favorite low-light houseplants for darker living-spaces or even your office at work!

These houseplants are all beautiful, easy to care for, and need almost zero (no) sunlight!

They say that talking to your plants helps them to thrive. I would also argue that simply having some greenery around helps us to thrive as well! There is nothing that a little plant can’t brighten up: your small office, a lonely corner, or even your bathroom! Plants simply breathe life into their surroundings!

Not only do these low-light houseplants enhance indoor decor, there are numerous other benefits to having some indoor plants in your space. Plants are also scientifically proven to purify the air and get rid of chemicals and toxins inside, replacing them with pure oxygen. An abundance of greenery can also help to reduce stress levels and create a naturally inviting element in your home.

There are so many varieties of plants that thrive on nearly zero sunlight, but my personal favorites are those that also require little care or have vibrant blossoms because we travel so much and have extremely busy work schedules. I work from home, so I love being surrounded by houseplants that are beautiful, but require little attention.

If you want to add some low light houseplants to your space that are sure to survive being ignored or left in a dark room, read all of my favorites below! If you scroll down to the bottom I have each plant listed with photos & quick links to purchase. 

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Houseplants That Need (Almost) Zero Sunlight 



Tropical Bromeliad

This plant is perfect for an office space because it can thrive under fluorescent lighting instead of sunshine. It is one of the easiest plants to care for that needs almost zero sunlight! Its tropical feel and bright pop of color make it perfect for making a boring space just a touch happier.

These plants:

  • can flower for up to six years
  • can be purchased in yellow, red, purple, orange or brown flowering varieties
  • will produce off shoots that can be repotted into pretty, new West Elm planters
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


Spider Plant

I love the Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) plant for how hardy it is with nearly zero sunlight. It can survive for years in indirect light and even live prosperously if it’s been lacking water for a while. In fact, during the winter months it needs very little water at all. This houseplant will thrive in fluorescent lighting as well.

These plants:

  • will produce tiny white flowers
  • offshoots look like baby spiders and can be repotted
  • are great indoor air cleaners
  • grow quickly
  • look great in hanging planters (I love these from Etsy)
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


Areca Palm

Areca Palms (Dypsis lutescens) are excellent air purifiers and also a humidifier for your indoor space.

These pants:

  • add a tropical feel to your home
  • is the easiest palm tree to grow indoors
  • can produce small, yellow flowers
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


Peace Lilly

Not really a lily, the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) has a tall beautiful white flowers that flower throughout the year.  These grow pretty tall, and although they don’t require any natural light they will me more likely to produce flowers if they have some.

These plants:

  • look great in a floor planter because they can grow 40 inches tall
  • can wait until it looks droopy to water it
  • need (almost) zero sunlight
  • are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Southeastern Asia


ZZ Plant

The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a great choice if you need to add some green that you are almost guaranteed to keep alive. This houseplant is nearly impossible to kill and is one of the hardiest choices.

These plants:

  • have pretty shiny leaves
  • is really resilient
  • survives with almost zero natural light
  • could survive with fluorescent light or “plant light,” that is why you will frequently  see these at indoor malls 



Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. They come in a whole bunch of leaf color and shapes and these little beauties live nicely without any direct sunlight and add a perfect pop of color to your home.

These plants:

  • can easily be overwatered, be sure to let the soil dry between waterings
  • come in pinks, yellows, reds and various shades of green
  • need (almost) zero sunlight
  • great choice to put in a hanging planter



Mint or “Mentha” is a genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae. Mint is typically grown outside, but this herb makes a fabulous house guest as it delivers its aroma throughout your space.

These plants:

  • can be harvested for teas, drinks and desserts.
  • grow quickly
  • need to be kept moist
  • comes in many flavors like orange, pineapple and chocolate
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


Maidenhair Fern

Unlike basic ferns this one has unique, soft and frilly leaves adding a delicate texture to your houseplant collection. You can buy a fern variety pack, here, and add many different styles to your home.

These plants:


Red Prayer Plant

The Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is cool because at night the leaves fold, hence its name, like hands folded to pray.

These plants:

  • look great in hanging baskets because of the pink color on the underside of its leaves
  • tolerates low light well (but needs light for leaves to unfold)
  • prefers moist soil
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


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Snake Plant

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is beautifully green with variegated leaves, it’s sharp point gives this low-light house plant its nickname of mother-in-law’s tongue.

These plants:

  • need very little water
  • are very hard to kill
  • can grow up to several feet tall
  • need (almost) zero sunlight


For those of us without a green thumb it can feel a little overwhelming to try and choose plants that we won’t accidentally kill. However, these houseplants require very little care and almost zero sunlight. Happy Houseplanting!


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10 Houseplants That Need (Almost) Zero Sunlight

1) Tropical Bromeliad

2)  Spider Plant

3) ZZ Plant

4) Begonia

5) Maiden Hair Fern

6) Red Prayer Plant

7) The Areca Palm

8) Peace Lilly

9) Mint

10) Snake Plant





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The comments +

  1. 5 Easy Houseplants for New Homeowners | House Fur

    March 8th, 2019 at 8:25 am

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  2. Deborah

    April 3rd, 2019 at 9:45 am

    This article is simply not true. Everything needs light to grow. These plants will survive in lower light but never in “NO LIGHT”

  3. Ren Lenhof

    April 3rd, 2019 at 9:55 am

    You are correct, that is why these plants need almost no light and I have chosen to talk about them. I hope you can take the time to read this article for low-light houseplants. The article is entitled with *Almost* Zero Sunlight because a lot of homes do not have the amount of light to support plants that need full sunlight. This article is written specifically to inform about plants that can thrive in environments with limited lighting.

  4. ERICH

    April 3rd, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Nice article! I live in Brazil, so it is hard to relate the name to the plant. For example, the “spider plant” is “gravatinha” in here. Something like “small tie”. It would be nice to have the cientific name too. In this case “Chlorophytum comosum”
    But thanks anyway! Very helpful!

  5. Ren Lenhof

    April 6th, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Oh! GREAT advice! I will update the post! Thank you Erich!

  6. Carol

    April 9th, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Don’t know half of these plants just by name why not post pictures so we cane see what to look for?

  7. Ren Lenhof

    April 9th, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Great Idea!

    I updated the post 🙂

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  11. Julia Amodeo

    May 14th, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Great post! I can’t wait to add some of these to my dorm next year.

    Julia | juliadoes.com

  12. Ren Lenhof

    May 16th, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Oh! I am so excited for you!!! Please share photos on social media and send me a DM!! I would love to see them!!

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