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There are so many varieties of plants that thrive on low-light (“nearly zero sunlight”), but my personal favorites are those that also require little care because we travel so much and have extremely busy work schedules. 

You can use a plant light for these plants, but most can live in lowlight situations! These lowlight houseplants are the perfect solution for apartments or homes with North Facing windows.

If you and your houseplants were in a relationship, what would your relationship status be?

A) “Blissfully in love”

B) “It’s complicated”

C) “100% admitting it,… I’m a serial houseplant killer”

Creating great love in ANY relationships requires work and commitment.  Your houseplants are no different!

Even if you feel like you’re a houseplant serial killer, I know that you can parent the lushest, most beautiful, and abundant houseplants!  I’m ROOT-ing for you to make it happen AND I am happy to share 10 houseplants that are easy to care for and need almost zero sunlight! If you live in a dark house or apartment these houseplants will still be able to survive with a plant light or some could do just fine with limited natural light. 

If you are wanting 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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These houseplants are all beautiful, easy to care for, and can survive in lower lit homes.

 

10 houseplants zero sunlight

1) Tropical Bromeliad

2)  Spider Plant

3) ZZ Plant

4) Begonia

5) Kangaroo Fern

6) Red Prayer Plant

7) The Areca Palm

8) Peace Lilly

9) Peperomia

10) Snake Plant

 

Houseplants That Need (Almost) Zero Sunlight 

 

 

1) Tropical Bromeliad

This plant is perfect for an office space because it can thrive under a plant light 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.

Tropical Bromeliad:

 

 

2) 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.

Spider Plant:

 

 

3) 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.

ZZ Plant:

  • has pretty shiny leaves
  • is really resilient and will be fine if neglected
  • survives with (almost) zero sunlight
  • will be happy with fluorescent light or “plant light,” that is why you will frequently  see these at indoor malls 

 

 

4) Begonia

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

Begonia:

  • can easily be overwatered, be sure to let the soil dry between waterings
  • comes in pink, yellow, red and various shades of green
  • great choice to put in a hanging planter
  • needs (almost) zero sunlight

 

 

5) Kangaroo Fern

The Kangaroo Fern has frilly leaves that can add a delicate texture to your houseplant collection. Kangaroo paw ferns (Microsorum diversifolium) are native to Australia. The scientific name is referring to the leaf forms on the plant; some leaves are full, while mature leaves have deep indentations. You can read more at Gardening Know How

The Kangaroo Fern:

 

 

6) Red Prayer Plant

The Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is unique because at night the leaves fold, hence its name, like hands folded into prayer.

Red Prayer Plant:

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

 

 

7) Areca Palm

Areca Palms (Dypsis lutescens) are excellent air purifiers and can also act as a humidifier for your indoor space!

Areva Palm:

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

 

 

8) Peace Lily

Not really a lily, the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) has a tall beautiful white flowers that bloom throughout the entire year. These grow pretty tall and will produce flowers more frequently if they have at least some natural light. We have ours in our living room and it gets some southern facing window light from across the room. 

Peace Lily: 

  • looks great in a floor planter because they can grow 40 inches tall
  • will start to get droopy when it needs water
  • needs (almost) zero sunlight
  • are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Southeastern Asia

 

 

9) Peperomia

Peperomias will tolerate a variety of light conditions. They prefer to be out of direct light because in their natural environment will grow beneath forest canopies. Peperomia are plants in the peppercorn family, Piperaceae.

Peperomia:

  • are easy to care for
  • will purify the air
  • love humidity (would be great in your bathroom)
  • needs (almost) zero sunlight

 

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10) 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.

The Snake Plant:

  • needs very little water
  • is very hard to kill
  • can grow up to several feet tall
  • needs (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!

 

 

SHOP MY FAVORITE LOW-LIGHT PLANTS

 

 

1) Tropical Bromeliad 2)  Spider Plant 3) ZZ Plant 4) Begonia 5) Kangaroo Fern 6) Red Prayer Plant 7) The Areca Palm 8) Peace Lilly 9) Peperomia 10) Snake Plant

 

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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.

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  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!!

  13. Jocelyn

    June 3rd, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    This is so helpful! I have been wanting to get a bit of a green thumb and this seems like an easy way to start! Thank you for sharing!!

  14. Laura

    June 3rd, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I definitely need this!! I always struggle to keep plants alive 😂

  15. aermjb21

    June 4th, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for sharing your expertise! I love plants, but can’t always get them in the best spot for light!

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