Top 10 Easiest Lower Light Plants

Have you ever looked around the house and wished you could place a plant in a slightly shadier area, or wondered what sorts of plants might thrive in a north-facing or shaded window? We’ve got some suggestions. Just bear in mind that these are all plants that still need fairly bright indirect light, just not direct sunlight. There are no plants that will thrive in a windowless room or a room that needs to be kept dark, so as long as you’ve got a window, read on!

ZZ Plant

The Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a beautiful and very popular plant that comes in a few varieties, one of which is the stunning black leafed “raven.” This is an incredibly easy plant to care for if you have windows that are shaded by trees, or have Northern facing windows. Also, the ZZ is a good plant for those who are chronic under waterers as it is drought tolerant.


This genus has over 100 different species including the more popular “dragon tree,” “song of India,” and the “lucky bamboo.” Dracaena are known to be fairly easy plants to care for, but watch what you give them to drink as chemicals in tap water, especially fluoride, can cause the leaves to burn. These are gorgeous plants that sometimes look like something that crawled out of a Dr Seuss book, which is reason enough to love them! If you want to know care instructions, click here.


Ferns would naturally live on the ground under the shade of much larger plants and trees, so it makes sense that they enjoy the lower light areas of our homes. They also love humidity, making them lovely additions to humid areas like a bathroom with a decently sized window.

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum, often known as pothos, is a versatile and easy-care plant with waxy heart-shaped leaves. You can train it to grow up a totem or moss pole, or let it trail down from a high spot in the house. It will easily tolerate lower light areas in your home and add a bit of greenery to them. The thing to bear in mind with pothos, as with other plants, the more variegated the plant, the higher light it requires.

English Ivy

The Hedera helix is an iconic plant that almost everyone can identify immediately due to it being seen growing in the wild, being sold in stores, and the image of the English ivy being on so many things. These are one of the trickier plants on this list, because certain levels of light can cause color variations, and too low of light can make the plant sickly and even more attractive to pests.


With such nicknames as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” “snake plant,” and “whale fin,” these easy care plants are definitely a favorite of many people. They need a well draining soil and are another plant that needs watered less frequently than most. These slow growing beauties are sure to be a conversation piece!


Dieffenbachia are beautiful plants that enjoy bright to medium filtered light, so if you’ve been looking for the plant that will enjoy sitting by your sheer curtains showing off its stunning foliage, this might be the one for you! They get a bad rap for being highly toxic — in reality they share their irritant calcium oxalate crystals with many other plants. If you’ve got curious pets or kids, this is a plant to keep out of their reach. (You can learn more about which plants are toxic to pets here.)

Earth star

Cryptanthus is a genus in the Bromeliaceae family, and unlike the typical bromeliad, these actually grow on the ground and have a decent root system. In their nature habitat they are found on rain forest floors, so they prefer indirect light or a shaded window. With over 1,200 gorgeous varieties, the earth star is a must have in any home!

Peace Lily

Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) have lush green foliage, pretty white flowers, and would rather not be in direct sun making them a good choice to place farther back from the windows or protected by a sheer curtain. They are water lovers and appreciate humidity, and you can learn more about their care here!