17 Houseplants to Grow Where Sun Doesn’t Shine

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If you don’t get enough sunlight in your rooms, then do not let it stop you from growing plants!

Not every home gets its share of sunlight. If you are someone who dreams of having indoor plants in dimly lit rooms – you’re in for a treat!

Here are the most beautiful palms that grow without sun

Houseplants to Grow Where Sun Doesn’t Shine

These plants are great for rooms that don’t get direct sunlight as they thrive happily in dappled or indirect light.

1. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen pot near sofa

Botanical Name: Aglaonema

Aglaonema is one of the best indoor plants that thrive happily in the absence of direct sunlight. It is also a great choice for newbie gardeners.

2. Dieffenbachia

Dumb Cane Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachias are some of the best low-light plants, and you can grow them under indirect light. They also offer many benefits that you can check out here.

3. Calathea

Calathea plant in white pot near wall

Botanical Name: Calathea

Calathea offers oblong leaves in bold patterns and a range of colors. This elegant plant is not picky about light requirements and grows well in low-light conditions.

4. Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum

Its shiny green leaves bring tropical vibes to homes – they remain healthy and glossy even if they are not exposed to direct sunlight most of the time.

5. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant on the table

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

ZZ plants are hard to kill and also have many benefits. They are quite adaptable and can do well in both high and low light conditions.

6. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm planter on the table Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans

This striking palm, with thin green leaflets, can tolerate drought and does well in low-light conditions. It makes for a great shelf specimen, too!

7. Dracaena

Dracaena plant pot in living room

Botanical Name: Dracaena fragrans

Dracaenas are very forgiving in nature and can withstand various conditions, including occasional droughts and low-light.

8. Cryptyanthus

Cryptyanthus Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Cryptanthus acaulis

Its star-shaped leaves in shades of bronze, brown, red, and pink look adorable and adapt well to low lighting conditions.

9. Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior

Also known as the indestructible plant, this low-maintenance wonder, with deep green shiny foliage, can survive in a range of conditions, even without sunlight!

10. Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern plant in a pot

Botanical Name: Adiantum

This gorgeous fern with lacy, fan-shaped fronds likes a humid and moist atmosphere. It does well by a north-facing window, away from the direct sun.

11. Peace Lily

Peace Lily plant pot near sofa in living room

Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

This low-maintenance beauty with attractive white flower bracts can be grown in shady areas where the sun doesn’t shine much. Follow our peace lily growing guide here.

12. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis

Aloe vera is quite adaptable to a range of growing conditions and can survive in low light, too. It also offers a range of skin benefits!

13. Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia potted plant on table

Botanical Name: Peperomia argyreia

This beautiful houseplant, with glossy foliage, resembles a lot like watermelon. It prefers bright, indirect light and grows best in it! You can even grow it from leaves.

14. Pothos

pothos Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

In nature, it prefers to grow in shade, so no wonder that it can also grow well in indirect light, making it best for low-lit rooms.

15. Staghorn Fern

Houseplants for Where Sun Doesn't Shine 8

Botanical Name: Platycerium

This gorgeous houseplant does not like exposure to direct harsh sun, making it a great choice for areas of the home that receive indirect light.

16. Spider Plant

Spider Plant pot indoor on the wooden stand

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

If you are a forgetful gardener, then this plant is a perfect choice for you. It can adapt to many growing conditions – especially low light. Here’s how to grow one quickly.

17. Snake Plant

Snake Plant ceramic pot on table indoor

Botanical Name: Dracaena trifasciata

This air-purifying houseplant has many scientifically proven benefits, and it’s also low-maintenance. It can tolerate full shade, full sun, and occasional droughts very well.

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