Best Houseplants for Low Light Areas

Hi Judy,
I have just moved into a house with a very gloomy hallway and I thought that a plant or two might cheer it up a bit. Can you suggest any houseplants that are suitable for low light areas?

Hi Sarah,

Coincidentally, I have just been involved in writing an article for a staircase company, talking about how different houseplants can be used in and around a staircase in a low light area. Here are some pictures of the plants I discuss in that article. You can read all of my care tips for each of them in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Most dracaenas  survive in low light, but Dracaena Janet craig is my favorite.

Dark green, long leaves Dracaena janet craig

Chinese Evergreen plants do well and

come in many leaf patterns.

Dark green patterned Chinese Evergreen plant

Heartleaf Philodendron, indestructible, looks

best on a table or hanging.

Dark green heart shaped leaves on Heart leaf philodendron
The Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra) is just that; it grows anywhere!
Coarse textured, leathery leaves on Cast Iron Plant (aspidistra)
The solid green pothos is a good choice, but avoid the marble queen or golden pothos, they require more light.


Solid green pothos plant

You can find more low light plant suggestions in the article I wrote for the staircase company that I mentioned above.


Learn about houseplants that can be dangerous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.