Houseplants for Low Light Area?

I absolutely love house plants, but I am now living in a basement apartment with only two small windows at each end and none in my bedroom. Are there any houseplants that would do well with only artificial light from a ceiling fixture?


By Janus from Gainesville, GA

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April 8, 20130 found this helpful

'Cast Iron' or 'Bar-room' plant manages quite nicely in low level lighting and is recommended for beginner indoor gardeners as they are very hard to kill. Lol, there is a really good reason they're called cast-iron and barroom plants as they can take a lot of abuse without keeling over from shock.

The proper name is aspidistra. It's broad leaves are wonderful as air cleaners, too. The following is a link to an image search. Be warned that the varigated ones do require more light to maintain the different colours in the stripes. In your light conditions, you'll probably want to choose the solid colour foliage varieties.


Another great, easy-grower low light plant is the 'mother-in-law's tongue', also known as 'serpent's tongue'. The proper name for this plant is sansevieria trifasciata and it also comes with some varigation-again, you'll likely need to choose varieties with less colour.

Caladiums are a little more colourful but can handle low light conditions in the less colourful varieties, and do very well in potted conditions:

Finally, I ran an image search using the term 'indoor plants for low light conditions', browse these for more inspirations:

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