Author: Stacey Kelleher

If a lack of natural light is the only thing keeping you from adding plants to your home, wait no more. There’s a wide range of unique and beautiful low-light varieties perfect for indoor spaces.

With the help of plant expert and owner of Meraki Market, a plant and home decor shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Madison Ramirez, we’ve compiled a list of easy-to-find, vibrant indoor greenery to breathe life into low-light interior spaces, along with tips and tricks to help these beauties flourish.

1. Prayer plant

Prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) hail from the tropics of Brazil. They feature oval tri-colored leaves with feathery veins that almost look painted on. They get their name from the graceful leaves that fold in together at night, like a pair of praying hands. Prayer plants come in many varieties, each with unique coloring.

2. Swiss cheese vine

The eye-catching tropical Monstera adansonii’s common name, swiss cheese vine, refers to its uniquely perforated leaves. Scientists believe these holes allow Monstera to withstand strong winds and allow light to reach down to the lowest parts of the plant in its natural environment.

3. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is not a type of bamboo at all. It is actually the cane cuttings of the Dracena sanderiana. Since Confucian times, lucky bamboo has been associated with resilience and fortitude. In Feng Shui, bamboo is said to attract “chi” or positive life force.

4. Staghorn Fern

Native to Australia, staghorn ferns (Platycerium bifurcatum) differ from other houseplants and other types of ferns in that they are “epiphytic,” meaning in the wild, they grow on other trees and plants.

To mimic that environment in your home, you can hang staghorn ferns in baskets or mounted on a board. The plant’s distinctive fronds shoot out from the center, resembling moose or deer antlers.

5. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) is one of the more durable and forgiving houseplants around — perfect for amateur green thumbs and forgetful plant parents. Different varieties feature oval or linear green leaves with varying patterns of silver, pink, red, or white throughout.

6. Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is another highly adaptable houseplant that is tolerant of low light. Fast-growing and forgiving, they are the perfect beginner plant for the first-time plant owner.

The spider plant’s long, narrow striped green leaves reach out and arch over, giving the plant a delicate, wispy appearance. Chlorophytum comosum gets its common name from the miniature offshoot plants that develop at the end of their long stem which resemble little spiders.

7. Heartleaf philodendron

Another hardy and dependable house plant for low-light interiors is the Philodendron scandens or heartleaf philodendron, one of the more than 480 varieties of philodendron known to exist.

Philodendron varieties come in all shapes and sizes. Some have leaves as small as three inches, and others have leaves reaching as long as three feet. The heartleaf philodendron features dark green, heart-shaped leaves.

8. English Ivy

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a hardy and versatile houseplant. You can easily prune smaller-leaf varieties to maintain a more compact appearance. You can also train varieties to spread and climb a trellis or create an ornamental topiary.

English ivy cultivars are classified primarily by their leaf shape. They range from flat leaves with five lobes to three-lobe, heart-shaped leaves, and others with curly or rippled leaves. Ivies have glossy green leaves, tinged with silver, yellow, gold, or white, depending upon the type.

9. Rex Begonia

Originating from the forests of India, rex begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum) makes a striking indoor houseplant. The “stained glass” begonia in particular, has striking ruby red leaves trimmed in silver gray. “Fireworks” begonias are one of the newer cultivars featuring dramatic black, deep purple, and silver leaves that look like fireworks erupting.

10. Golden Pothos

The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a lush, vining houseplant that is great for beginner home gardeners. Also called the “Devil’s Vine”, the golden pothos has shiny, heart-shaped, bright green leaves with ivory, yellow, or gold variegation