16 Indoor Plants for North Facing Windows

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Here are the best Indoor Plants for North Facing Window that you can grow easily in a low light room without any worries!

Picking houseplants that do well in low light conditions might be a tough task for many. But don’t worry! We have compiled a list of the best Indoor Plants for North Facing Window that’ll thrive happily in a room that’s a little low on light.

Check out the best plants for east and west-facing balcony garden here

Indoor Plants for North Facing Window

North-facing rooms never receive direct sunlight and are usually considered a low-light space. Whatever indirect light they receive is suitable only to grow houseplants that survive in the dark. Apart from the plants listed below, you should also view our list of Indoor Plants that Grow without any Sunlight for more options.

1. Cast Iron Plant

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Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior

This indestructible houseplant with deep green shiny leaves is quite low-maintenance and lives happily on a position close to a north-facing window. Just avoid overwatering the plant.

2. Western Sword Fern

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Botanical Name: Polystichum munitum

Most fern varieties grow in shaded and moist areas natively. The plant will thrive in dappled light and humidity. Mist the fronds from time to time to make it lusher.

Here’s all you need to know about taking care of ferns

3. Snake Plant

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Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Snake plants are very forgiving in nature and adapt to a variety of light conditions. They prefer indirect but constant light and do great by a north-facing window.

Check out our article on growing snake plant indoors here

4. Philodendron

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Botanical Name: Philodendron

The plants in the Philodendron genus can live in indirect light. In fact, too much sunlight exposure can burn their glossy foliage. A large north-facing window is ideal for the plant.

Here’s all you need to know about growing philodendron indoors

5. Peace Lily

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Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum wallisii

Peace lily likes bright indirect light and can survive in fluorescent lights too. The plant also does well in a room with no windows at all!

Check out our article on growing peace lily here

6. Moth Orchid

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Botanical Name: Phalaenopsis

Moth orchids are gorgeous houseplants that thrive in indirect, bright light. The blooms also do quite well in the light a north-facing window offers.

Here’s all you need to know about taking care of orchids indoors 

7. Golden Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

Pothos is an ideal choice for low light rooms with soft indoor light. It thrives best on a north-facing window and looks great with its yellow or white pattern on the foliage.

Check out our article on growing pothos indoors here

8. Bromeliads

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Botanical Name: Bromeliacea

All bromeliad varieties are quite versatile and come in many colors and patterns. Dark-colored varieties like ‘Aechmea’ and ‘Guzmania’ are perfect for north-facing windows.

Love Bromeliads? Click here to know all about growing them indoors

9. Calathea

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Botanical Name: Calathea

Calatheas are stunning houseplants that can thrive well in low light conditions. Just water them consistently and provide ample humidity to make them thrive.

Check out our article on growing calathea indoors here

10. Chinese Evergreen

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Botanical Name: Aglaonema

This low-light plant grows well in indirect light. Green aglaonemas can survive in low-light conditions, but variegated varieties need some bright, indirect light exposure.

Here’s all the information you need about growing aglaonema indoors

11. Parlor Palm

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Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans

The plant can easily thrive in medium to bright indirect light of a north window. This palm variety is a nice choice for low light and also achieve a good height.

Check out our article on the best indoor palms here

12. Swiss Cheese Plant

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Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa

Its large leaves have natural cuts in them, making the plant look spectacular. The plant can do well in a combination of indirect light and shade.

You can also grow monstera in water. To find out how–click here

13. Maidenhair Fern

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Botanical Name: Adiantum

This beautiful fern, with soft and gentle fronds, grows well in a humid and moist atmosphere. The lacy and fan-shaped foliage does well in the north-facing window.

14. Aluminum Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea cadierei

An east or north-facing window is an ideal location for this silver-leaved aluminum plant. It does best in dappled light as too much sun can burn the foliage.

Have a look at some best pilea varieties to grow indoors here 

15. Nerve Plant

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Botanical Name: Fittonia

Another excellent choice for both north or east-facing windows, Fittonia prefers bright indirect light that makes the intricate patterns on its leaves look more beautiful!

Check out our article on the most gorgeous fittonia varieties here

16. Boston Fern

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Botanical Name: Nephrolepis exaltata

This beautiful houseplant performs well near north or east-facing window. Its vibrant fronds also look great, dangling down from a hanging basket!

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