23 Plants That Grow Without Sunlight

parlor palm

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Admin

Looking for plants to grow indoors?

Here are the best plants that grow without sunlight.

They’re perfect for your home, in the shade and areas that don’t get a lot of sun.

The list below includes different kinds of plants that thrive in low, little, indirect and no sunlight. In fact, some of them actually don’t like the sun because it hampers their growth and health.

This makes them perfect for your living room, bedroom or office.


Aloe Vera

aloe vera

The Aloe Vera plant is a succulent. So, by nature, it prefers the sunlight.

But what many people don’t know is that it can tolerate less than ideal lighting conditions.

If you grow them indoors, the artificial light will also provide them with a bit of a substitute to direct sunlight.

This makes it a great plant to grow indoors or outdoors in shaded areas as well as sunny spaces.


Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo


The lucky bamboo is another plant that likes sunlight. But, it also has the ability to tolerate different light environments.

In fact, it does well in low and medium light which is why it works well in homes and offices.

Both locations are great choice to put them since they’re said to bring good fortune to their locations.


Cast Iron Plant

cast iron plant

The cast iron plant is aptly named for its toughness.

That is, it’s one of those “hard to kill” plants.

Thus, they’re a good choice if you’re just starting out or have a black thumb.

They do well in low light environments. In fact, you don’t want to put them in direct, harsh sunlight because that will burn their leaves.


Peace Lily

peace lily

While its name suggests it, the Peace Lily is not an actual lily. As such, it looks different and behaves differently as well.

That said, this is a lovely plant with a bright and beautiful blossom.

Peace lilies grow even in less than ideal light. So, low and medium lighting aren’t a problem.

That said, it’s worth noting that they’ll be likely to flower more in brightly lit environments.


English Ivy

English ivy

This plant is a climbing ivy. As such, it’s often found crawling up on fences and trellises.

But, you’ll also find them in containers as houseplants.

This keeps them away from other plants in order to prevent them from invading their territories.

In general, English ivies like indirect light. But, they do okay in low light conditions as well.


Chinese Evergreen 

chinese evergreen


These houseplants are known for their beautiful foliage.

And, they’re easy to care for indoors.

Unlike many plants, they actually prefer low to medium light. If you decide to put them near the window, you’ll want to position them so they get indirect light.

In general, the darker the leaves of this plant, the less light it needs. So, if you plant on giving it little light, do go for the darker green varieties.




If you’re looking for a larger houseplant, then this is a good option.

Dracaena has many different species. This gives you the option of choosing the one that best suits your home.

For the most part, they like medium, indirect lighting. About 2-4 hours a day will be enough.

It’s not a good idea to place them under the sun since it can burn their leaves.

It likewise tolerates low light conditions. The only difference is that its growth does slow a bit.




Bromeliads are a great plant to have because they’re able to tolerate different lighting conditions.

The work well with indirect light, and do well in partial shade as well.

This lets you grown them in containers indoors to enjoy their beautiful colors without them dying on you.




Pothos are perfect for containers like hanging baskets and pots indoors because they climb out of them to give you an amazing look.

Better yet, they are okay with different light conditions.

While medium light is what they like, they can live in low light situations as well. But, it’s worth noting that too little light can reduce the amount of variegation in their leaves.

That also decreases their wow factor.


Dumb Cane 

dumb cane

You’re probably wondering why it’s called dumb cane plant, right?

Well, this odd name describes your temporary inability to talk if you decide to ingest the plant. That’s because its juices contain chemicals including oxalates which cause your throat and tongue to swell.

Anyways, this plant good at tolerating little light. While medium light is preferred for better growth, it stays attractive even in low light locations.


Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair ferns are very similar to Boston fern, if you look at them.

But, they’re somewhat different.

Either way, both ferns are beautiful to look at. And, they’re safe for your pets as well.

The one drawback with maidenhair ferns is that they’re delicate. As such, they can easily die on you. Plus, if your pets decide to paw on them, they’re easy to tear apart.


Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn ferns look very different from maidenhair and Boston ferns. Yet, they’re lovely as well.

They’re a better choice if you like full looking leaves as opposed to serrated-looking ones.

That said, this fern likes the shade and low light.


ZZ Plant

zz plant


ZZ plants are well-known for their toughness.

But, it’s their lovely foliage that makes them very attractive houseplants.

That said, these plant are best placed in bright to medium light. Although, they won’t complain much when grown in low light.

This makes them a good choice if for rooms without windows or areas at home that don’t get a lot of light.




When you talk about plants with beautiful leaves, the peperomia will often pop up.

That’s because it’s dark colored round shaped foliage make it very lovely in the indoors.

And, because they don’t depend on bright, direct sunlight, they’re well suited for the home environment as well.


Peacock Plant

peacock plant

The peacock plant is also known as the calathea or zebra plants.

It’s named as such because of the gorgeous patterns that adorn its leaves.

Like many of the plants in this list, this one enjoys low to medium lighted spaces. In fact, its leaves are negatively affected by too much light. They’ll lose their lovely looks because of it.

When you see that, it’s a sign you should be moving them to somewhere that’s less illuminated.


Spider Plant

spider plant

Spider plants get their name from their long, thin leaves that resemble the legs of the arachnids.

But, it’s these variegated leaves and the way the extend outwards that make the plant a household favorite.

In addition, spider plants tolerate a lot of neglect. They do fine even when you don’t give them much light.

Should you prefer something more unique, consider the curly spider plant.


Parlor Palm

parlor palm

Parlor palms are perfect if you have a shaded are or low light space that needs a little bit of nature.

It doesn’t like being under direct sunlight, so less is more in this case.

This plant is a nice addition indoors because it’s like a very small tree.

Placing it in a pot allows you to grow them on tabletops or side tables to add some bright green color to any room.


Umbrella Palm

umbrella plant


Umbrella palms are lovely to look at because of the way their leaves open up like your umbrella.

This gives your garden and home a very unique look.

The best thing about them is that they can grow under full sun as well as partially shaded areas.

But, it’s a good idea not to leave them in too dark a space or else their may not grow too many new stems.




These plants are popular because of their lovely shaped leaves.

Although, there are many varieties to choose from. So, you’ll see differences int he shape of their leaves.

Most philodendron enjoy bright light. But, they’ll adapt to low lighting without a problem. This is why they’ll do well in shaded areas as well.


Japanese Sedge

japanese sedge


Japanese sedge less popular than most other plants. But, they’ll give your garden a unique look.

That’s because their short and clump together.

While they’re often grown outdoors, you can likewise have them as houseplants. That’s because they’re okay with both bright and partial shade locations.


Prayer Plant

prayer plant


Prayer plants prefer well-lit conditions. But, they can live in less than ideal situations as well.

This lets you place them indoors without being afraid that they’ll die.

What’s more important for them is their water needs.

You want to have well-irrigated containers to keep them from rotting due to overwatering.


Snake Plant

snake plant

Snake plants are popular houseplants because of two things.

One, they’re easy to care for. That means, even if you don’t take care of them well, they won’t just suddenly die on you.

This means that they’re able to tolerate different lighting conditions, ranging from full to low light.

And, they’re beautiful to look at. Their foliage is unique in looks and style. They’re firm and stand straight up. Plus, you’ve got the yellow borders that make it pop.


Creeping Fig

Creeping Fig

Because of it’s climbing tendencies, you’ll often see them covering walls.

However, you can grow them both indoors and outdoors. In the former, placing them in a wide pot or hanging basket allows their vines to grow outwards.

They’re typically fast growers so that can be a problem if you don’t want to do a lot of maintenance.

So, one way to slow its growth is to place it in dry soil that’s not too rich.



Just because your home doesn’t get a lot of bright sunshine doesn’t mean you can’t grow plants.

Sure, most plants thrive on bright light. But, the list above shows you that there are a lot of other wonderful options you can go do decorate your home with.

Which ones do you like the most?


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