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Anyone who has killed a popular houseplant can admit that keeping greenery alive is not easy. We fellow plant killers tend to agree, which is why we opt for low-light indoor plants. Low light doesn't always translate to low maintenance because, let's face it, there are a lot of other factors that go into plant survival, but sunlight is a biggie. So if you want to stock your space with houseplants but don't know where to start, let us help.
The best low-light plants can thrive on little to no direct sunlight and can even survive in the dark long term (like throughout the entire winter). Snake plants and ZZ plants are known for being two of the best houseplants for low light. If you want to make even more of statement, parlor palms and Madagascar dragon trees are great for large plant lovers whose spaces aren't exactly greenhouses when it comes to letting in the sun. Combining low light and low maintenance is the best course of action for new plant parents or those who are greenery adverse. We recommend starting with an especially easy one, like a spider plant or pothos, to get the hang of it and expanding your collection from there.
Still unsure which low-light houseplant is right for you and your home? Below, we're highlighting 30 of the best low-light indoor plants along with their care needs, pros, and cons, to assist in your decision making. Happy potting!
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