The spectrum of plants is about as vast as it gets. On one side you have plants that need our undying attention and if left for any period of time they will rot and sadly die - we are all familiar with the guilt trip of being a plant neglector.
On the other, however, you have plants that can not only survive but thrive in the shadows of our homes and our lives.
This doesn’t mean that they need to go completely unnoticed, for they are dazzling in their spectacular nature, but you can certainly rest assured that no matter how little attention you give, there is still life in there!
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Here are a few of our favorite plants that thrive under low-light conditions:
Chinese Evergreen, also known as aglaonema, is a family of plants that are native to humid and shady tropical environments, bearing large leaves with a profoundly deep-green tint and valiant silver markings.
They grow to about two feet high and roughly the same in width. Chinese Evergreen plants have been grown in parts of Asia for centuries as ornamental plants, believed to bring good luck to its owner. A lovely plant to look at and will even bring you some extra luck – a two for one if you ask us!
Snake Plants have thick, upright leaves that are blushed with shades of yellow, white or green. They have a mesmerizing tall, slim profile, making them ideal for indoor houseplants. They mostly grow to about 12-18 inches, but you can also find some that are much smaller, so you can be sure you’ll find one to match your rooms styling.
Snake Plants, native to tropical West Africa, are almost unbreakable and can look stunning in numerous conditions, requiring sometimes as little as one watering a month.
Related: How To Look After Snake Plants
Parlor Palm is a classical Victorian Palm that can grow as high as eight feet tall with its gloriously feathered leaves. They are undemanding of light with any shaded room sufficing with indirect sunlight.
After a few years, some Parlor Palms may even start sprouting smaller yellow flowers, rewarding you for your patience with a beautiful bloom of color.
Philodendrons are a family of plants that relish under low-light conditions. The name comes from the Greek words philo "love, affection" and dendron "tree". Interestingly, no single leaf is the same on such found plants, instead, they have adult leaves and juvenile leaves, which can be dramatically different from one another, creating a truly unique look for your home.
Spathiphyllum plants bear Calla-lole white flowers on tall stalks with deep-green leaves that arch with grace.
Originating in the tropical regions of America and southeastern Asia, it’s also known as the Peace Lily and will thrive in low-light conditions. It needs little watering - once a week if the soil is dry - and there are a plethora of spathiphyllums to choose from, with heights ranging from less than two feet, all the way up to six plus feet.
Aspidistra is quite literally the Tony Stark of all plants. Native to eastern and southeastern Asia, this cast-iron super-plant is nearly indestructible and can handle reasonable neglect.
It is a plant that should be showcased, even in the shadows, though it can be harmed by direct sunlight, so this a perfect plant to add some vibrancy and style to the corner of a room.
Zamioculcas plants are native to eastern Africa and can grow between 45-60 cm tall. It is normally evergreen but sheds its leaves during a drought, and amazingly surviving it due to the large rhizome stem particles that store water until rainfall resumes.
Zamioculcas has been known to purify the air and drastically improve the air quality for your home. A Study from the Department of Plant and Environmental Science at a university in Copenhagen from 2014 showed that the plant is able to remove volatile organic compounds including, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene.
Pothos plants (not to be mistaken with the Greek Mythology character) are plants belonging to the Epipremnum aureum species. It is also known as the devil's vine/ devil's ivy as it’s almost impossible to kill and it remains green even when kept in the darkest shadows.
They can be cultivated by a cutting (a part of a plant used in plant propagation) and are incredibly popular for offices and you can be sure that you’ll spot a few the next time you visit a shopping center. The plant is also known to be great at reducing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.
Some can grow to an astonishing 66ft! They are however known to be harmful to cats and dogs due to the presence of insoluble raphides, so we recommend some extra research into this one before buying. Or, if you do have pets then definitely make sure you keep this well out of their reach.
We all have busy lives and sometimes it’s easy to forget to water, look after and love our plants on top of work life and our social lives.
If you are the forgetful type, then these indoor plants are the one for you to bring into your home! Easy to look after, beautiful to look at!