Six Indoor Plants That Love The Dark

At this time of year my gardening turns to indoor plants. Flowers, vegetables and house plants get all my attention.

Over the years, one of my favorite plants has become the Aspidistra, which is commonly known as the Cast Iron plant. This plant will beautify any dark room or corner. And in my home this is a plus for the rooms on the north side.

Many gardening experts describe the Aspidistra as one of the toughest and most adaptable house plants. Its long blades of slender dark green or variegated dark green and white leaves shoot straight out from the soil but in clumps and up to 75 cm in height and 15 cm wide.

It is such a low maintenance plant that it only needs very low light, average temperature and humidity and just occasional watering. This is truly the perfect plant for hard to grow homes or for the person who has a brown thumb.

Low-light plants are usually defined as those that can survive in 25 to 75 foot candles – that is, a spot that is 4 to 5 meters from a bright window, just enough light to read by comfortably, but where artificial lighting switched on by day would give a brightening effect.

You can easily find the Aspidistra in your local garden center nursery. In addition, here are suggestions for five other plants that will suit very low light situations:

Aglonema (Chinese Evergreen) which are among the few plants that prefer only moderate light and adapt well to low light. It has large dark green oval then tapering leathery leaves later developing a caney base.

Drachaena deremensis varieties (also know as Happy or Fortune Plants) which are slender leafed and usually white variegated. The Drachaena family are caney plants crested with decorative rosettes of straplike foliage.

Holly fern which adapts to low light and Boston fern a fishbone type of fern that will remain in low light for many months but need a spell in brighter light to rejuvenate.

Neanthe Bella or Parlor Palm, which is more suited to low light situations than most palms.

Sanseviera (also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue) which stands low to very bright light has waxy, erect straplike leaves usually with cream-colored margins and an unusual banding of the grey-green center.

If you are finding it difficult to find a plant that will brighten up that dark corner, why not try one of these hardy favorites of mine?

Indoor plants add to any home and they also have health benefits so talk to your local garden center and adopt a plant today.

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5 responses to “Six Indoor Plants That Love The Dark”

  1. I’ve had my Aspidistra plant for over 20 years. It is in a 14 inch pot. It has thrived until the last couple of years. Now it gets frequent brown leaves that I cut off as well as brown tips that I also cut off. Despite the browning it does grow the occasional new leaf. I was wondering what the problem is?
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  2. Denise

    Have you changed the pot and refertilized the soil?

    Oftentimes after a bit the soil becomes old. I break of some of the plants soils carefully with out disturbing the plants roots any more than necessary then add new fresh soil to the pot and water well. Sometimes I add plastic cover over the plant for a few days to create a greenhouse effect. Denise

  3. Jeremy

    This was very helpful to review these different types of low light plants 😉

    We have lots of plants in our house and are going to get more really soon. The one concern we have is the cats, because they love to “dig in” to the dirt and eat at the leaves…so we have to make sure that they can stand up to them.
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  5. Denise

    Cats can prove challenging. Some say egg shell will deter cats from digging. Small pebbles on the top of the soil may help too.

    For some reason the cats leave my plants alone. Probably too busy terrorizing the rest of the house 😉 Denise

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