We’ve all been there. You’re starting your day with a cup of coffee, and you look at your plant to find it wilting. Even though it’s been watered, there seems to be a problem.
In most cases, it’s probably the sunlight. But, unfortunately, some climates are just too cloudy for the sun to provide sufficient light.
So, to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 44 plants that grow without sunlight.
- 1.Christmas Cactus
- 2.ZZ Plant
- 3.Snake Plant
- 4.Wax Begonia
- 5.Nerve Plant
- 6. Japanese Sedge
- 7.Japanese Sago Palm
- 9.Peacock Plant
- 10.Rubber Tree
- 11.Chinese Evergreen
- 13.Maidenhair Fern
- 14.Boston Fern
- 15.Staghorn Fern
- 16.Bird’s Nest Fern
- 19.Rattlesnake Plant
- 20.Alocasia Silver Dragon
- 22.Money Tree
- 23.Parlor Palm
- 24.Silver Satin Pothos
- 25.Golden Pothos
- 26.Panda Plant
- 27.Arrowhead Plant
- 28.English Ivy
- 30.The Paper Plant
- 31.Dwarf Umbrella Tree
- 32.Silver Queen
- 33.Lucky Bamboo
- 35.Creeping Fig
- 36.Zebra Cactus
- 37.Wax Plant
- 38.Dragon Tree
- 39.Peace Lily
- 40.Spider Plant
- 41.Dumb Cane
- 42.Chinese Money Plant
- 43.Aloe Vera
- 44.Cast Iron Plant
- Wrapping Up
The Christmas cactus is a low-maintenance plant that can live up to a hundred years. These beautiful cacti have odd falt stems with gorgeous flowers that bloom with each fall.
You can actively ignore this plant, and it’ll still grow lush, vibrant foliage! ZZ plants are known for glossy leaves that seem to glow in the light and brighten any dark home.
Also known as the “Mother-in-law’s Tongue, snake plants are hardy plants that can withstand the most challenging conditions. For example, they can go without water for long periods and almost no sunlight.
All we’ve talked about so far is just green plants and leaves. So, to add more color, we have the wax begonia. They’re of the few flowering plants that can actually tolerate low-light conditions.
Nerve plants stand true to their names with white nerve-like lines running through their leaves. Their beauty adds to the rooms, but they’re pretty temperamental and prefer certain humidity levels.
6. Japanese Sedge
The Japanese sedge has captured many hearts with a head that looks slightly like a mop. Its lush foliage has a dark green coloration that’s highlighted by white or light yellow stripes running down the middle.
7.Japanese Sago Palm
While it has the word palm in its name, the Japanese sago palm isn’t an actual palm tree; it’s a cycas. The Japanese sago palm does excellent under the sunlight, but it can survive in low-light environments.
From green, red, gray, and cream, peperomia plants offer a wide set of color options. Plus, not only does this plant thrive in the shade, but direct sunlight can actually damage it!
The peacock plant is also referred to as Calathea or prayer plant. As the first name implies, the peacock plant is a bit of a showoff. The foliage is beautiful and curls inwards while pointing to the sky.
If you want a bold statement with glossy leaves and large foliage, your best choice is the rubber tree. It’s also referred to as a ficus, a rubber fig, or a rubber bush.
The one thing that makes this plant stand out is its adaptability. You can put a Chinese evergreen in a shaded spot with some water every now and then, and it’ll still sprout beautiful leaves.
Because of their ability to bloom under most conditions, orchids were seen as a symbol of toughness and patience. They’re a classic example of an indoor plant that can bloom even in tough conditions.
Maidenhair ferns lend a serene and magical quality to any home. This is because, like most ferns, they usually grow beneath trees and large plants. So, they have a very natural, almost mystical, appearance.
Boston ferns, or sword ferns, are large plants that can decorate your garden or your living room. They don’t require much when it comes to light, but they do love a humid environment.
Staghorn ferns are odd little plants because they look like deer or elk antlers. So, many people hand them on walls for decorative purposes.
16.Bird’s Nest Fern
Bird’s nest ferns have unique, undivided fronds with a dark central rib in the middle. They’re quite easy to care for, but you need to keep an eye on the humidity.
Not only can Bromeliads survive droughts, but even if you put them in a windowless room with luminescent light, they’ll still live.
Because of its lovely heart-shaped leaves, the Philodendron plant is also known as the ”sweetheart” plant. You can get it as either a bush or vine.
This plant here is slightly similar to the peacock plant we mentioned. They’re also temperamental and require a particular climate to thrive.
20.Alocasia Silver Dragon
As you’ve probably guessed, the appeal behind Alocasia Silver Dragon is their pale, silver leaves. These plants are generally sensitive to direct sunlight but still need a little bit to survive.
Fuchsias come in many deep colors. From purple and white to red, you can enjoy the bell-shaped flower indoors with minimum lighting.
Money trees tend to steal the spotlight in any room with their braided trunks and glossy leaves. They can grow up to 6 feet indoors and almost 60 feet if planted outside!
Parlor palms were used to decorate, as you probably guessed, parlors. These elegant palms were used in Victorian homes to indicate affluence and continue to be popular today.
24.Silver Satin Pothos
Just like the golden pothos, the silver satin pothos can be used as a tabletop plant or hung next to a window. It has beautiful heart-shaped leaves with various white or silver spots adorning the leaves.
If you want a plant that can grow up to 10 feet and create a tiny wilderness within the comfiness of your home, the golden pothos is it. They’re an excellent plant for beginners as they don’t require that much care.
Though it’s rare for it to bloom indoors, the panda plant is an excellent choice for those living in a dark environment. It’s a beautiful succulent with fuzzy stems and little brown spots.
Can you guess why this plant is called the arrowhead plant? We’ll give you a hint: It’s because of the leaves' shape!
All this little plant needs is a little pruning every once in a while, and you can enjoy the arrowhead shape of its leaves for months to come.
Another plant that could bring the wilderness inside your home is English ivy. It can climb up your walls up to 50 feet and tolerate living in the shade!
Laceleafs are known for their shiny, green leaves and stand-out flowers that can be pink, bright red, or even yellow. They can survive in low light conditions, but they won’t bloom.
30.The Paper Plant
The paper plant is named for its soft leaves, nearly as delicate as paper. Unlike many others on our list, this plant thrives in the darkness and isn’t hindered by it.
31.Dwarf Umbrella Tree
The dwarf umbrella tree is a low-maintenance plant that mainly requires thorough watering. It has beautiful flower-shaped leaves that are often mixed in colors with green, pale yellow, and golden yellow.
Sometimes called painted drop tongue, the silver queen is an evergreen house plant that can survive low-light conditions. However, it’s sensitive to the cold, so you might want to keep your eyes on the temperature.
One unique thing about lucky bamboo is that you can grow it in soil or directly in water! It’s a low-maintenance plant and is said to bring luck to its owner.
With a funny nickname like the Swiss cheese plant, who could resist growing this indoor plant?
The monstera has dark, beautiful leaves with a unique appearance and various holes resembling Swiss cheese.
As the name suggests, creeping figs do just that; they creep! If you place it outside, you’d be able to enjoy it creeping up your walls for years to come.
Because of the deep green of the leaves and the white zebra strips on them, the zebra cactus captured many hearts. It’s somewhat easy to maintain, but it’s a bit sensitive to the cold.
If you have Trypophobia, you should probably go with another plant to grow. While they may look beautiful to some, the flower clusters on the leaves may not be the best sight for others.
Dragon trees are excellent indoor plants that can grow up to six feet tall. They have beautiful green fronds with deep reds lining the edges.
Despite being called peace lilies, these flowers aren’t lilies. Instead, they’re members of the Araceae family. Regardless, it’s a stunning plant with deep green leaves and a unique white flower.
Spider plants are messy little plants with skinny foliage that you can actually share with friends! They grow little “spiderettes” that hang from the parent plant, which can easily be separated and replanted.
Although dumb canes are excellent indoor plants, they’re poisonous.
The name comes from the fact that you can get temporarily speechless after chewing a piece of the stem. So, keep out of children's and pet reach.
42.Chinese Money Plant
Unlike the previous money trees, Chinese money plants have thin stems with rounded leaves that look like coins. They’re also said to bring good luck and fortune.
If you haven’t heard about the benefits of using fresh aloe vera on your skin, then it’s time to do some research! Aloe vera is a great indoor that you can use for more than decorative purposes.
44.Cast Iron Plant
This plant is here to stay. It doesn’t matter if you’re too busy and forget to water it; the cast iron plant will persist! All you have to do is wipe the leaves every couple of days to keep them clean looking.
So, it’s time to get your garden started!
Our guide here has listed 44 plants that grow without sunlight. Most of them tolerate the dim light environments, while others actually thrive. Some are great outdoors, and some prefer the comfiness of your home.
Whichever you choose, we hope you have fun planting the seeds and enjoying their beauty for years to come!