Best Low-Light Houseplants that do Well in Shaded Indoor Spaces

Low Light Shade Plants

You might feel discouraged to start an indoor garden if your home lacks natural sunlight, but in reality, there are plenty of indoor plants that will do fine in low-light conditions. Here is a list of houseplants that can tolerate shaded conditions (less than 3 hours of direct sunlight a day).

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Here are some of our top picks when it comes to low-light plants that tolerate shaded conditions.

Golden Pothos

Also known as the Devil’s Ivy, this indoor plant should be top of your shortlist if you live in a place that receives little sunlight. It also makes a great candidate for low-light bathrooms since they thrive in humid conditions. The stand-out feature of golden pothos is the heart-shaped mid-green foliage that comes with a splash of creamy gold.

Bird’s Nest Fern

Many varieties of ferns, such as the Bird’s Nest Fern, tolerate shaded conditions. These plants thrive in warm areas with the temperature ranging from 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Mature plants will have fronds that can grow up to 60 inches long. Their growth can be fairly rapid, especially during the spring and summer season, so they should be potted in large-enough containers.

Zanzibar Gem

Also called the ZZ plant, the Zanzibar Gem is a common fixture in many homes due to its lush, green foliage. They are good for beginners because they are drought-tolerant and can accept shaded conditions without too much of a fit. One downside is that it is poisonous so it must be kept away from pets and curious young children.


Yes, it’s possible to grow flowering plants, such as the Bromeliad, in shaded conditions. The color of the Bromeliads correlates with the amount of sunlight it receives. Bromeliads that grow in partial shade conditions tend to have darker green leaves than the plants that receive plenty of sunlight. Popular varieties include the Flaming Sword and Blushing Bromeliad.

Peace Lilies

In their natural habitat, peace lilies grow best on the forest floor where they receive patches of sunlight. This, as a result, makes them good indoor plants for low-light conditions. The good news is that these plants can be grown in both water and in soil. The most popular varieties include the Domino Peace Lily and Little Angel Peace Lily.

Common Questions About Low-Light Plants

Here are some common questions we get from people interested in growing low-light plants.

Where Do You Put Low-Light Plants?

For indoor plants that can adapt to shaded conditions but would prefer some indirect sunlight, we would suggest placing them about three to ten feet away from a windowsill. For houseplants that prefer full shade, make sure to place them in area that doesn’t receive direct sunlight.

Is Light Through a Window Considered Direct Sunlight?

Not necessarily. Sunlight that passes through the window isn’t always considered direct because some of the light will get diffused and reflected by the window, which reduces the lighting intensity. If the plant, however, is next to a south-facing window and is getting exposed to the bright rays then this may be considered direct.

Can You Grow Plants in a Room Without Windows?

Yes, it’s possible to grow some types of houseplants in a room without windows. However, artificial light fixtures, such as grow lights, would be needed so that the plants can still photosynthesize. An alternative option would be to occasionally move the plant container to a windowed room, although this may require a lot of back and forth and will only work for smaller low-light plants.