While all plants need some light to live, these are among the most adaptable to low-light conditions, making them a win for light-starved homes.

Johanna Silver and Heather Arndt Anderson  –  Updated January 11, 2021

Whether we have trees blocking our views or just an overall lack of windows, plenty of homes and offices struggle with getting much of that life-giving sun indoors. Luckily, since many of the plants we grow indoors originate from sheltered places in the wild, plenty can handle less sun and get by just fine as houseplants in darker spaces. These low light houseplants bring the shady understory indoors, brightening moods and cleaning the air.


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