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+25 indoor plants that need little light

One of the main problems when decorating homes is finding plants that withstand these types of conditions, that is, resistant indoor plants with little light and that, in general, need little care. Actually, there are different sizes, with many or fewer leaves, with different shades of intense green and even with flowers that perfectly support the interior.

As we know that sometimes it is not easy to find the best for the home and that it is difficult to decide, in AgroCorrn we have prepared this article with more than 25 indoor plants that need little light so that you know some of the best options you have to decorate the corners more complicated and, thus, give them a natural and more cheerful touch.

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  1. Begonias
  2. african violet
  3. Adam’s Rib
  4. Love the malamadre
  5. Mint
  6. Living room palm tree
  7. Tiger’s tongue or mother-in-law’s tongue
  8. Ficus benjamina
  9. Christmas or Easter cactus
  10. Adventure rojo
  11. Beverage
  12. Thorn or crown of Christ
  13. Fine leaf dracena
  14. Peperomia
  15. Ficus pumila
  16. Keyword
  17. Aspidistra
  18. The zamioculca plant for indoors in low light
  19. Kalanchoe
  20. Peace lily or spatiphyllum
  21. Bromelia o tillandsia
  22. Indoor jade plant or tree
  23. Trunk of Brazil the dracena
  24. Aloe vera indoors
  25. Indoor cactus


If you are looking for indoor plants that need little light and with flowers , because you not only want green in that corner of your home, but also flowers that brighten it up even more, we recommend you get a begonia.

They are one of the easiest flowering plants to maintain and there is a great variety of species, so you can choose between many different in terms of size and color mainly. It is characterized by having normally small flowers grouped in clusters, so its flowering is very dense , which makes it a beautiful ornamental plant.

We recommend begonia as one of the plants for dark or dark environments because it can be had both indoors and outdoors but, really, indoors and without having to be glued to a window, it thrives perfectly.

In AgroCorrn we tell you more about how you can take care of them in this other article called Begonia cultivation and care .

african violet

Another of the indoor plants that need little light and that have flowers that you will surely like to have at home is the African violet or Saintpaulia . It is one of the plants that most like to have in the house due to its contrast of dark green and the intense violet color of its flowers, as well as because it is reminiscent of the true wild violet , which does not usually survive at home.

As it is native to hot areas, it is grateful to be indoors and does not need much watering, it can also flower several times a year.

Adam’s Rib

This is one of the most fashionable indoor plants, since its color is very intense and its leaves are large and unique, achieving a perfect decorative touch. The rib of Adam or Monstera Deliciosa needs little light since it comes from areas of very dense jungle, which also indicates that it needs humidity, but we must avoid waterlogging, although it also tolerates dry environments well, in general it is very resistant .

However, a very direct exposure to sunlight or for long hours causes its leaves to easily burn, appearing yellow and brown spots on them. Therefore, it is ideal to have indoors.

Love the malamadre

This plant is known by various names such as spider plant, ribbon plant, love ribbon, malamadre or ribbon and its scientific name is Chlorophytum comosum . It can be perfectly outdoors, but direct sun can easily burn it, so it is a better idea to place it in a shady outdoor area or inside the house, not too close to a window, so it can be indoors with little light .

If you decide to have it indoors, you will like to know that it is one of the durable indoor plants and that it does not need great care and it proliferates very easily. More leaves and flowers grow from the end of each ribbon that can form a new plant, so you can cut them and plant them to grow a new one.

Here we explain more about the Love Bow or ribbon .


Although it may surprise you, peppermint is one of the small indoor plants that need little light . Actually, its care so that it is in perfect condition and grows a lot does require a certain dose of natural light, however it is a very resistant plant to areas of low light, in fact very direct sun can easily damage it.

Isn’t it ideal to have in the kitchen? This is one of the areas of the house that usually receives less natural light, but that this plant holds up well and, in addition, it will allow you to have its leaves on hand to prepare dishes, infusions, etc.

Here you can discover more about the care of the potted mint plant .

Living room palm tree

Along with the tiger’s tongue, which we will see below, the lounge palm or Chamaedorea Elegans is one of the best indoor plants with a need for low light and to eliminate odors such as tobacco.

The Chamaedorea elegans is a houseplant palm type , hence its common name is palm lounge. In fact, it is one of the most common palm trees in homes, as it can easily live in corners poorly lit by natural light. It is native to Gautemala and Mexico and is very resistant, hence it can withstand low light conditions, but it does need a somewhat humid environment, so you should spray its leaves with water apart from watering it.

Both in the image below and in the main image of this article you can see this plant. If you liked this plant, we recommend you take a look at this guide on Caring for Chamaedorea .

Tiger’s tongue or mother-in-law’s tongue

This plant with such a curious name is another one of the plants for dark interiors and, in fact, it is quite well known almost all over the world. The tiger’s tongue, mother-in-law’s tongue or Sansevieria trifasciata is a plant with wide, long and sharp leaves and it survives certain extreme environmental conditions, so its care is not very difficult.

To make it grow easily following the shape it has, it is best to place it in a small or somewhat narrow pot. In addition, you can choose between different varieties, as there are totally green, others with an intense green tone but the yellow border, others green with clear lines, and so on.

Learn more about how to care for it in this other article on Caring for Sansevieria trifasciata or mother-in-law’s tongue .

Ficus benjamina

Ficus are one of the most common plants in homes, both inside and outside the house, since there is a great variety of them. The ficus benjamina is also known as boxwood, Indian laurel, rubber benjamina or matapalo.

This type of small leaf ficus, with a very intense and leafy green color, can also be modified with pruning very easily, perfect for decorating interiors. Although it can be perfectly outside, it is one of the plants that grows best indoors , without the need for many waterings or much light.

In this other AgroCorrn article we will talk to you in detail about the care of the ficus benjamina .

Christmas or Easter cactus

Scientific name Schlumbergera and common names Easter cactus, Christmas cactus or Santa Teresa feathers , it is one of the most appreciated plants to decorate a home. As one of its names indicates, it seems to have feathers at the tips, since its flowers have this delicate shape. It can have white, pink, fuchsia or red flowers.

If you want to learn how to care for a Christmas cactus , we recommend this article.

Adventure rojo

The Anthurium is one of the most watched in homes and come in various colors plants, but the most common is the red anthurium . This is one of the indoor plants that need little light, need indirect light, and are very resistant, so they are easy to care for. Here you can learn everything you need about anthurium care .

In addition, it is a plant that blooms all year round , so it is perfect for decorating the house at any time.


Also called poto and scientifically Epipremnum aureum . This plant that can grow hanging, entangling on walls or spreading on the ground, grows very well both outdoors and indoors. It needs to be in semi-shade or in indirect light , so it is ideal for interiors with fair natural light.

It can live with little care and can even live in water. We recommend reading this other AgroCorrn article sipping the Care of potus, a resistant indoor plant .

Thorn or crown of Christ

The Euphorbia milii , thorn crown of Christ or Christ is right choice for those looking for indoor plants that need little light. However, before acquiring it, keep in mind that due to its thorns it is better to place it in an area where we do not pass often. There are Christ’s thorn plants with red, pink, white, and yellow flowers, but they all have large, hard spines.

Although it is resistant for areas with low light, to see its full bloom it is better to place it in a place with plenty of natural light, at least during the flowering season.

Here you can see the Care guide for the crown of Christ or thorns plant , both in text and in the video below.

Fine leaf dracena

There are many more options for decorating your home with low-light indoor plants . If you like small palm-type plants, the fine-leaved dracaena or Dracaena marginata is the right choice for you and is perfect in areas such as the living room, dining room or hall.

You can have it in areas with little natural light and you will have to water it when necessary, noticing the dry land, but avoiding waterlogging.


New to Peperomia plants ? It is a genus of plants that encompasses more than 1,000 species and is increasingly seen in homes around the world. They are very resistant plants that can live in indoor areas with little light .

Peperomias are plants that need spaced irrigation, that is, only when the soil or soil is completely dry and, in addition, it is vital that it does not flood, so they must have good drainage.

Ficus pumila

The ficus pumila is a different ficus from the ones we usually see, which can have large or small leaves but are always tree-shaped. This plant is a vine type.

Although it is a vine or climbing plant , it can be indoors if you offer it a suitable structure so that it can develop or, you prune it regularly by shaping it to keep its growth more controlled. In fact, it is a good option for making a vertical garden indoors. It does not need large doses of sun, so you can have it in the shade or indoors. This plant does need a somewhat more frequent watering than the previous ones, but it also does not need to have the soil flooded.


The aglaonema is a type of herbaceous and perennial plant that comes from the humid tropical rainforest areas, mainly in Asia. There are several species, but Aglaonema commutatum is the most common. Depending on which one we have in front of, they can grow between 20 cm and 150 cm. In addition, its leaves are large, measuring between 10 cm and 45 cm long, being of different green tones. Its flowers contrast with the green of its leaves when they are white flowers, instead it can have a greenish-white tone, being less prominent among the leaves.

To take care of it inside the house, it is not necessary to have a window in front or under it, since it lives well with indirect natural light . During the hot months it is advisable to water it often, between 2 and 3 times a week, provided that the soil is dry and avoiding waterlogging. To locate it, avoid drafty areas.


This species is another of the indoor plants that need little light . In addition, it is easy to care, because not only does it grow well with indirect light, but to be healthy it does not need more than 2 waterings a week, avoiding waterlogging, fertilized every two or three months and transplanting it more or less every two years.

The aspidistra or pilistra is another Asian plant , as it is native to the forests of East Asia (especially China, Himalayas and Japan). Its leaves are wide, long (about 40 cm) and green in different shades. Its flowers are strange, because they are small flowers of violet, bluish colors and with ivory parts and they come out at the base, at ground level.

The zamioculca plant for indoors in low light

It is also called emerald palm, zuzu or zamia plant and is scientifically known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia. This plant is native to East Africa and can grow to between 45 cm and 60 cm. Although it is a very good option for interiors with little light, we must be careful when having it at home if we live with children and / or pets, since any part of this decorative plant is poisonous when ingested.

Regarding the care of the zamia or zamioculca , these are very basic because it requires very little water, since it does not hold water well at all, and it does not need large doses of direct natural light, so it develops well in places with little light. .


Kalanchoes are one of the most famous succulent plants in the world, as there are more than a hundred and very varied species and, in addition, some of these are attributed very beneficial properties for health.

Like all succulents, they are prepared to survive conditions of scarcity of water, as well as heat and, in addition, also to live well whether they get a lot of sun or little light , because with a minimum amount they are able to go out go ahead very well.

There are species with dark green, light green and even gray leaves, as well as many or few flowers. Here we talk more about the kalanchoe Plant: care and what it is for , commenting on aspects of various species.

Peace lily or spatiphyllum

If you are looking for some indoor plants that need little light with flowers , that is, they are easy to care for and grateful, looking lustrous and flowering with little care, then the peace lily or epatifilo may be one of the best options for you. In outdoor areas they should be somewhat sheltered so that they do not get direct sun and much less do it several hours a day, so if you place them indoors and without having to be fully attached to a window these plants grow wonderfully.

If you want to enjoy its white flowers at home, we recommend reading this other article about the Peace Lily, a plant that does not need sun .

Bromelia o tillandsia

Bromeliads are plants belonging to a tropical group. The Bromeliaceae family is very large and one of the species belonging to this that we recommend to keep indoors if you have little direct light is the subfamily called Tillandsia and, within this, there are hundreds of species, all of which are quite similar. They are related to the carnations of the air, which you may know from being seen hanging on balconies around the world.

Thus, bromeliads or more specifically tillandsia plants , it is not that they grow in very dark places, but it is true that they require indirect light, since with direct natural light they burn more easily than other plants. To water them, it is convenient to spray their leaves with water 2 or 3 times a week, apart from moistening their substrate a little.

Indoor jade plant or tree

Crassula ovata is the scientific and, in turn, well-known name of the plant commonly referred to as the jade plant or jade tree . It is called this way because the most common color of its leaves is a jade tone, but the truth is that depending on the amount of direct sunlight that reaches it, this tone changes. When a lot of light hits it, it changes to light green and yellow with reddish edges, while in indoor environments with less natural lighting it remains a more intense green color.

Delve into the care of the jade plant through this other article in our category of plants and gardening.

Trunk of Brazil the dracena

Dracaena fragrans is another one of the hardy houseplants. Commonly called only dracena or, trunk of Brazil , it is very common in homes. Its leaves are long and in different shades of green, but in areas with less light it tends to have dark green leaves. Of course, like any plant, natural light is convenient, but in this case it needs it indirectly, so it can grow very well indoors. You just have to water it when you notice the dry substrate and you always have to avoid flooding.

Aloe vera indoors

Aloe vera or aloe is widely known for its pulp or more commonly called aloe vera gel . It is a highly sought after succulent plant because this gel from its leaves can be used to take advantage of the great benefits it provides, especially for our skin.

There is a variety of aloes or sabilas and all species are able to resist well in low light environments , although in nature they live in very sunny areas. Having aloe vera at home is very common because it is practical and at the same time very easy to care for, as it requires few watering.

Indoor cactus

To finish, we want to recommend you to have cacti indoors , as it is one of the easiest and most decorative options. These are cacti plants that, like succulents, contain a lot of water inside, so they do not require great care such as constant irrigation and fertilization. In addition, although precisely because of the ability to store water, they can hold up perfectly in full sun, since they are desert plants , they can also live well indoors without much natural light .

Of course, they will always appreciate being a few hours a day near a window and, therefore, in some species we can see spectacular flowers . Here we show you some of the species of cactus with flowers that you can have at home, such as the mother-in-law seat cactus , the star cactus or astrophytum, the Echinopsis cactus, and so on.

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