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7 Low Light Indoor Palms That Need No Sunlight!

Are you looking for Low Light Indoor Palms That Need No Sunlight? Grow one of these 7 palms–they tolerate shade best and become successful houseplants.

When it comes to growing palms in homes, people generally prefer the popular ones like Areca and majestic palm, as they need some direct sunlight exposure to thrive well. While these palms look best, they still want their daylight. There are better options for indoor growing: 7 Low Light Indoor Palms That Need No Direct Sunlight listed below.

Here are the most popular palms you can grow indoors 

Low Light Indoor Palms That Need No Sunlight

‘no sunlight’ in this article doesn’t mean abject darkness. It means exposure to indirect or filtered daylight. It is a fact, compare to other palm trees, the species in this list can tolerate low light better.

1. Kentia Palm

Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana

This slow-growing palm looks magnificent in the lobby area and living rooms with its tropical fronds. It does well in low light and low humidity. The plant also purifies indoor air while looking elegant in the corners!

2. Bamboo Palm


Botanical Name: Chamaedorea

Instead of growing bamboo indoors, which can be quite a tough task, you can enjoy a similar view by growing this palm! It thrives in indirect light and looks fantastic with its bamboo-like fronds.

3. Lady Palm

Botanical Name: Rhapis excelsa

Lady palm has a beautiful variegated version too, and is great for growing in medium-size containers initially, but it needs repotting because it grows pups. You can separate them and plant them into an individual pot.

If you don’t have a spot in your room that gets direct sun, don’t worry. This palm can grow in indirect light.

4. Parlor Palm

Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans

This drought-tolerant palm is quite forgiving and looks great with its very thin leaflets. The plant does well in low-light situations. It is also quite a potent palm in handling lower temperatures.

5. Fishtail Palm

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Botanical Name: Caryota

The foliage of this palm has ragged edges that resemble the tail of a fish, hence the name. It does best in bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. The plant also achieves a good height indoors, which is why it should be your choice if you want to create a statement.

Because it loves humidity, you can also grow in a bathroom that has a window for some amount of light.

6. Metallic Palm

Botanical Name: Chamaedorea metallica

This beautiful palm plant doesn’t look like your usual palm trees. It’s different and decorative due to its blue-green fronds with a metallic sheen. It tolerates low light better than many other palms.

Check out more metallic sheen indoor plants here

7. Chinese Fan Palm


Botanical Name: Livistona chinensis

Also famous as the fountain palm, the plant looks lush and green in medium to large containers. You can easily have it indoors in a spot that gets bright light.


  1. I need a new palm tree for my living room.
    The area gets low to med light every day.
    Last TWO palms I had, (I think they were parlor palms) got white furry stuff on the leaves often.
    I would spray clean the leaves and branches with fungus type spray…
    Leaves got brown tips all the time. Not sure if I was over watering or underwatering…
    Always trimming dead till there was nothing left.
    They always started out so big & beautiful!!
    Suggestion on a different low light palm? Cannot be poisonous to cats!

  2. You posted this a while ago. I’ve had similar experiences with palms. There is a threat to over all health when overwatering, so only water when topsoil is dry…about inch (to first digit of you index finger), but also spray with been oil and water. Add a little to the soil too. I use it outdoors to control everything.


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