Last updated on January 21st, 2020
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If you have a space in your home that is a little shaded such as the corner of a room or a room that doesn’t have access to natural light from windows or the room simply has low light levels, there are still plenty of house plants from which to choose from where this actually mimics there natural environment.
The problem is, many house plants that would be classes as shade-tolerant plants are actually plants that prefer indirect like such as in a bright room but not in front of the window. However, we did find 8 house plants for shade that will thrive in those darker corners of the room where you may have previously used those artificial plants. Some have even been listed on NASA’s recommended plants for purifying air which is a extra bonus.
We start off our list with the Peace lily which was one such plant that has air purifying qualities while also suitable for low light conditions.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
Peace Lilies are known for the oval, glossy leaves that come to a point, interspersed with stunning white blooms. These flowers can last for two months or longer and give a stunning show while also cleaning the air we breathe for a healthy home. In spite of the name, these are not actually part of the lily family but are tropical plants that can reach up to 1 metre indoors and need medium levels of indirect sunlight.
Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)
The spider plant is a magnificent house plant because it is quite common, ideal for beginners, tolerant of neglect, and can thrive in any conditions including low light levels. This makes it perfect for growing in shaded, low light areas in your home. Its name derives from the linear leaves complete with green or striped white colours. If you don’t want plain green, this mixture of green and white centres is sure to do the trick. Eventually, it will produce flowering stems on which panicles of small white flowers grow.
Cyperus alternifolius (Umbrella Palm) – keep stood in water
This umbrella palm is a native of Egypt and is more of an aquatic but it grows well in the home if you stand the pot in a saucer of water to keep the soil moist. It grows naturally in sun, along lake margins or in swamps. That said, you can grow it in your home in shaded, low light areas when you keep the palm in water. It is a wonderful accent plant to have with long strap-type leaves that create the shape of an umbrella. For this, pick an area where you can affix the plant inside standing water.
Also known as common ivy, this vine will grow prolifically and is often seen in woods wrapping itself around tree trunks in below the canopy in the shade. If you are growing it indoors, you have a lot of control over how large it gets and how much it spreads. When left on its own it can quickly cover a house, eventually breaking into the foundation but grown inside and properly pruned you can allow it to reach whatever height you want. In fact, the vine can be trained to grow up a trellis inside, filling a nook in your home or a large window area with tinted glass. Its also grows well in an indoor basket as pictured above. It is an evergreen that needs partial shade so it will thrive just fine in shaded, low light areas of your home.
Ficus elastica (Indian Rubber Tree)
The sap from these trees is used to make rubber, but growing it in your home you won’t have to worry about that. While they can grow upwards of 33 metres in nature, you can trim and prune yours so that it remains much smaller. In fact, you can prune and shape it to whatever size you prefer so they make excellent large house plants. Bright green, it prefers temperatures between 15-28 degrees Celcius. Proven to get rid of any formaldehyde in the air you breathe, it is beautiful and hardy and one of the most common house plants.
Chamaedorea Elegans (Dwarf Mountain Pine)
The dwarf mountain pine has palm leaves, stalked pinnates that reach up to 60cm in length and contain up to 40 linear leaves. The leaves pave the way for tiny, yellow flowers but only once your plant reaches maturity so they are often only grown for there foliage indoors. Otherwise, the evergreen is slender and will grow a solitary stem. It needs shelter and partial shade so placing it near a window is helpful but it will grow in low light too.
Sansevaria – Mother in Laws Tongue
Known for the easy care and maintenance required, these plants are great for indoor spaces. They do well in low light or shade and will remain a rich green banded plant with yellow borders. They span in size so you can find small plants for your smaller, darker corners or larger plants to fill a large corner of a room. The leaves are rigid and stand upright, so give the plant plenty of upward space in which to grow. This was also featured as one of the best air purifying plants for indoors.
Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
The swiss cheese plant has large, heart-shaped leaves that are a stunning green and is probably one of the most popular house plants currently available and it’s easy to see why. As the plant matures, those leaves start to accumulate holes throughout, which is what lends the plant its nickname. This plant is very flexible and will grow indoors in sunny or shaded conditions so long as you give it a lot of humidity and warmth. When grown indoors, you want to make sure the container has a lot of drainage holes so that the soil can dry out in between waterings.