No Daylight? No Problem: These 10 Houseplants Can Thrive Without Sunlight

These resilient beauties are the perfect solution for brightening up corners, hallways, and even windowless rooms.

By: THURSD. | 09-08-2023 | 6 min read
Garden Plants Indoor Plants
These houseplants can survive and thrive in low light conditions.

It goes without emphasizing that for many plant enthusiasts, the allure of growing houseplants is one that is irresistible. But this can be hampered by the lack of natural sunlight in their living spaces. But fear not! For there are numerous plant species that have adapted so well to survive and even thrive in low-light conditions. 

These resilient beauties are the perfect solution for brightening up corners, hallways, and even windowless rooms. They are uniquely adapted to suit conditions that offer as minimal lighting as can be. These exceptional qualities make the plants good choices for virtually all indoor spaces that have minimal light.

Acclimating to Low Light: How Do These Houseplants Survive?

Plants typically need sunlight for photosynthesis, a process that converts light energy into chemical energy, fueling their growth. However, some plants have evolved unique adaptations to survive in low-light environments. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Photo by @weloveplantstlv on Instagram


These plants often have larger leaves to capture maximum available light and possess specialized pigments and enzymes that enhance their ability to photosynthesize in dim conditions. 

Additionally, certain species of plants can endure longer periods without direct sunlight by slowing down their metabolic processes. This allows them to conserve energy until more favorable conditions emerge.

10 Houseplants for Sunlight-Deprived Spaces

Not every home or office space is blessed with an opportune source of ample sunlight. But that doesn't mean you can't bring the beauty of outdoor nature into your indoor spaces. Having such a sun-deprived office or living space doesn't, necessarily, mean that you have to miss out on the joy of houseplants. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Monstera Thai Constellation by on Instagram


For there are plenty of options to choose from, each houseplant with its own unique delightfulness and adaptability to low-light conditions. Some popular examples of these houseplants include:

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, is a popular choice for homes and offices alike due to its striking appearance and low-maintenance nature. With its long, sword-like leaves that shoot upwards, it can add a whiff of refinement to any room. 

The snake plant is particularly resilient and can tolerate low light, making it an ideal candidate for dimly lit corners or hallways, office spaces, and even rooms. Just ensure that it gets all the other requisite plant conditions to thrive and grow.


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Sansevieria by Sandile on Pexels


ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant is a true survivor when it comes to low-light conditions. Its glossy, waxy leaves reflect what little light is available, allowing it to thrive in spaces with minimal sunlight. 

The ZZ Plant's ability to store water in its rhizomes enables it to withstand periods of neglect and irregular watering, making it perfect for busy households or offices with forgetful plant caretakers, more so where sunlight is limited.


Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia by @ore15.greenart


Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

As the name suggests, the Cast Iron plant is one incredibly tough plant and can tolerate a wide range of conditions, including low light. Its broad, dark green leaves create a lush and tropical atmosphere, making it an excellent addition to any room with limited sunlight. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Cast iron plant by @urbangardenerto on Instagram


The Cast Iron plant's durability and adaptability earned it a reputation as one of the best houseplants for beginners and those who have limited time in their hands to take care of highly intensive houseplants. You can hardly go wrong with it!

The Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

The Chinese evergreen is prized for its decorative foliage and air-purifying qualities. With its tolerance for low light, it can thrive in offices, bathrooms, or bedrooms with limited natural sunlight. 

The plant's variegated leaves come in various shades of green, silver, and even red, adding a splash of color to your indoor space and leaving the room with quality air.


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Chinese evergreen plant by @theres.plants.everywhere on Instagram


Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Renowned for its elegant white flowers, the Peace lily is an air-purifying plant with even more capabilities. Despite its delicate appearance, it is remarkably sturdy and can thrive in low-light conditions. 

It is an excellent choice for bedrooms or spaces where you desire a touch of serenity and beauty as it adds some ‘light’ to dimly lit indoor spaces.


Spathyphyllum houseplant
Peace Lily by @growurban


Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Parlor palm is a classic indoor plant known for its feathery, arching fronds. It can tolerate low to moderate light, making it a versatile choice for various indoor locations. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Parlor Palm by on Instagram


This palm is relatively compact, making it a great option for smaller living spaces or as an accent on side tables where you may, perhaps, have wanted to add a dash of glow.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

A lush and vibrant houseplant that thrives in high humidity and low light, the Boston fern is a houseplant that is also a good choice for dimly lit spaces. Its sheer, arching fronds create a cascade of green that adds a glimmer of polish to any room. 

The Boston fern is an excellent choice for bathrooms or kitchens where it can benefit from the humidity that is always existent therein. Plus, you can hardly go wrong with growing it in indoor spaces.


Nephrolepis houseplant
Boston Fern by @terraceplantshop


Dracaena (Dracaena spp.)

Dracaenas are a diverse group of houseplants with various leaf shapes and colors. Many varieties, such as the Dracaena marginata or Dracaena fragrans, are well-suited for low-light environments. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Red Dracaena Marginata by Caio on Pexels


In addition, they have the ability to adapt to indirect light and relatively low water requirements making them a favorite among indoor plant enthusiasts.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

The Pothos, also known as Devil's Ivy, is a popular trailing plant known for its heart-shaped leaves and easy-care nature. It is remarkably adaptable and can thrive in both bright and dim conditions. This quality makes it a versatile choice for any part of the house. 

Its trailing growth habit also makes it ideal for placing in hanging baskets or on shelves in the house, office space, or the indoor space that you desire.


Pothos houseplants
Four Pothos plants by @indoorjungledecor


The Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Quite contrary to what its name may imply, Lucky Bamboo is not actually bamboo but rather a member of the Dracaena family. This fascinating plant requires no soil and can grow in water alone. 


Houseplants That Can Thrive Without Sunlight
Photo by on Instagram


It is often placed in decorative vases or containers and is believed to bring good luck and positive energy into the home. Lucky Bamboo can add a feel of Feng Shui to any room with minimal sunlight.

You Should Try These Versatile Houseplants in Your Dim Indoor Spaces!

And with that, as is known to any plant enthusiast, houseplants have an outstanding ability to bring life, vibrancy, beauty, and positive energy into dull indoor spaces. Yet while many of them thrive and do well in natural sunshiny conditions, there is a wide array of options for those looking to adorn their homes with greenery in low-light conditions. 

Each of these sun-deprived botanical beauties offers a unique array of growing characteristics and benefits to boost both your psyche and the setting of your living spaces. 


These houseplants survive and thrive in low light
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


So, your windowless room, dimly lit corner, and boring and gloomy hallways shouldn’t really stress you out. You can still create your own little houseplant-themed oasis with these incredible indoor plants. Even with the little sunlight available!


Feature image by Annie Spratt, header image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.



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