7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

I love walking into the home of someone with a green thumb.

Something about the presence of plants throughout an indoor space makes it feel comfortable, healthy and cheerful in a way that few other “decorations” can.

This is more than just a feeling, of course, as many different studies have shown that indoor plants have a plethora of benefits for our health and environment. Keeping certain house plants can clear toxins from the air inside your home†and just having a few plants around in your workplace may make you smarter and put you in a better mood.

But all of these positive benefits depend on being able to keep indoor plants alive. What if you don’t have lots of natural light in your home or office? Never fear, nature has an answer for that!

Dark days are no problem for the low-maintenance plants on this list, so if your living or working space has lots of shade, these are the varieties to look for.

1. Mint
7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

Mint grows naturally in bog environments, which tend to be dim and damp. Keep it moist and provide it with just a glimpse of light every now and again, and mint will provide your home with a lovely splash of green and a fresh scent. Not to mention you can eat it!

2. Begonias

7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

There are many different varieties of begonia, all with their own combination of leaf colors and shapes. The Rex Begonia (pictured above) can live quite happily with very limited sunlight. Just be sure to let its soil†dry all the way out before watering again.

3. Swedish Ivy

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Swedish ivy house plants great for those attempting to keep houseplants for the first time, because they need very little attentionóor lightóto thrive! Like all ivy, this plant is a creeper, making it ideal for vertical displays that grow up or hang down.

4. Dracaena

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There are over 50 varieties of this popular houseplant, and each one prefers to be kept away from direct sunlight. Just prune it occasionally and be careful not to overwater.

5. Bromeliads

7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

This plant loves containers and shade, making it perfect for indoor growers! Even though it’s a tropical plant, it will thrive†in nothing but luminescent light.

6. Maidenhair Fern

7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

With†dark and glossy leafstalk that resembles human hair, this plant actually prefers to be kept out of direct sunlight.

7. Snake Plant

7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive In The Darkest Rooms

Also known as “Mother in Law’s Tongue,” this hardy plant has an amazing ability to tolerate low-light growing environments, as well as irregular watering.

What’s your favorite indoor plant? Share it in the comments!

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271 comments

Rosemary H
Rosemary H1 months ago

Snake plants like light! I keep them on windowsills. But what about the aspidistra. That thrives anywhere. Best to find someone who will give you a cutting because it's slow growing and hence expensive!

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Ellie M
Ellie M3 months ago

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Sophie M
Sophie M3 months ago

thanks

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Sue H
Sue H3 months ago

Thanks for these suggestions.

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Cen Sored
Past Member 3 months ago

Mention these may be great plants for work, or the office you claim to work, since many buildings are constructed without natural light resources built in.

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Carl R
Carl R3 months ago

thanks!!!!

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Marija M
Marija M3 months ago

I have some of those mentioned.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

But they all do need some sunlight!

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

Cheerful

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

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