Shade-tolerant houseplants

If your windows face north or have tall trees in front of them that block the light, the choice of houseplants is obvious. However, in lighter areas, shade-tolerant flowers will also be appropriate – to be placed in the back of the room.

No plant likes darkness: some plants like sun in the zenith all year round, others like diffused light without direct rays. Not to say that the latter will be better with a lack of light, but they have every chance to endure such conditions without harm to development and flowering.

Philodendron ivy

One of the most popular indoor plants in the world. Philodendron is incredibly easy to tolerate the lack of light and grows quite fast. It can be kept in hanging cachepots or in ordinary pots, giving support for the branches. The optimal mode of watering – as the soil dries out. If the uniform green coloring of the leaves seems boring to you, philodendron also has mottled varieties.

Epipremnum golden


It is often confused with philodendron. Epipremnum will grow without problems in any room as long as you keep it out of direct sunlight and water as the soil dries out. The coloring of the leaves of this unpretentious flower can be combined – dark and light green, yellowish, white and even silver shades. To maintain a neat shape, periodically trim off overgrown stems.


Looking for not only a shade-tolerant houseplant, but also tolerant of irregular care? The dollar tree is for you! The alien from Africa will be fine with the light of a fluorescent lamp, won’t be upset by drought – just a godsend for the frequent traveler. Which means it’s best to take your time watering until the substrate dries out.

Hamedorrhea delicata

The Mexican plant, known since the Victorian era, has a moderate growth rate and reaches about 120 cm in room conditions. The signal for watering is a dry substrate, in the winter months it is advisable to supplement the care by spraying the leaves.

Nephrolepsis sublime

Since it was discovered in the early 19th century, nephrolepsis has played an important role in interior design. These luxurious plants create lush, bright green fountains of greenery, decorating shady corners of rooms. When choosing a location for the fern, avoid placing it in a draught or close to heaters. Regular watering and spraying during the winter months will prevent the leaves from falling off.



Few houseplants offer such a variety of leaf colors as the diffenbahia, with yellow or white specks or spots on a green background. Although these tropical plants can survive in dark rooms, they still need diffused light – without it, the internodes stretch out. Diffenbahia is poisonous, so you should place it out of reach of children and animals.


Although completely dark rooms are unacceptable for the existence of gloxinia, flowering is possible wherever there is access to diffused light without direct rays. Large, fluffy leaves and a variety of flower colors will grace your room in exchange for simple care – watering with warm water in the tray as the soil dries out and monthly fertilization with liquid fertilizer as long as the plant is flowering.

Monster delicata

With monstera your room will gain the charm of the tropics. Huge deep green leaves, which look like Swiss cheese, are the main advantage of the plant. The shrub will need a wooden support or garter as it develops. If you want to keep it compact, simply prune the branches. Fertilize once a month in spring and summer and water when the topsoil is dry. Monster leaves are poisonous, so it’s best not to keep it in a house where there are children or animals.

Aspidistra tall

In the West, it is popularly known as a cast-iron plant and is quite consistent with this name. Aspidistra will tolerate both irregular watering and lack of light indoors. It grows slowly, so it also will not require frequent transplanting. In room conditions, it reaches from 60 cm to 1 m in height. In addition to the usual form with dark green leaves, there is a variegate, but it is rare.

Fragrant Dracaena

This plant with broad corn-like leaves grows one meter tall and does not lose its attractiveness in low light conditions. It needs regular watering as the soil dries out.


In the last few years, the popularity of aglaonemas in indoor flower gardening has increased considerably. The usual form with green leaves will easily survive in an unlit area, but if you want something more interesting, you should pay attention to the red form of aglaonema – bright enough to be an accent in the room. What’s also nice, the plant does not suffer from irregular watering.



A simple to care for and elegant plant that will not only survive in the shade, but will also regularly decorate the room with white flowers on graceful stems. However, even without flowers, Spathiphyllum is good with its foliage. It reaches a height of 0.5-1 m and does not require much from the owner – only regular watering: without it, the leaves eloquently droop.

Maranta alfalfa

Makes a dark corner brighter with its foliage with an interesting coloring: creamy white and bright pink stripes on a rich green background. Across the ocean, this species of maranta is called a praying plant because the leaves turn at night and resemble palms folded in prayer. The height of the flower is small – only 15-20 cm, so it will find a place on a corner table or bookshelf. Water when the substrate is dry to the touch, and protect it from direct rays.

Common Ivy

It is great for hanging planters and can also be grown on supports. Ivy has many varieties of leaf colors and shapes and grows successfully in minimal light, so it is often of interest to owners of northern windows in cooler rooms. The plant is poisonous.

Dracaena fringed

It is especially interesting in the “tricolor” coloring, which combines red, green and cream shades on the narrow strap-shaped leaves. The tree retains its attractiveness at any height, despite the fact that the trunk is bare underneath as it grows. Watering, as with most shade-tolerant plants, is as the top layer of soil dries out.



It will survive in any poorly-lit room, and will also decorate it with foliage of bright green, bronze shades or variegated form. Gradually the leaves form a lush bush and the stems begin to curl, so syngoniums are often grown in hanging cachepots or on poles. Too long stems that look unkempt are simply trimmed. With watering, you should be moderate and resort to this procedure only when the soil begins to dry out.


Beautiful for terrariums or compositions. The plant does not reach more than 25 cm in height, and the coloring and shape of the leaves is quite diverse. Medium to low light is suitable for optimal development of the peperomia. In addition, it is little susceptible to diseases and is rarely affected by insects.


An elegant plant that can bloom for four months with little care. The color of the petals is represented by single and bicolor varieties. There are two categories of phalaenopsis on the market, the regular ones up to 45-60 centimeters and the miniature ones up to 30 centimeters. These orchids grow in a substrate of bark or moss, and should be watered only when it dries out – much more often the plant dies from excess moisture than from a lack of it.



The embossed pink, red, white or purple flowers are sure to delight you in the dark winter months. This tropical beauty does not like excessive watering and stagnant moisture in the substrate and most readily blooms in places with lots of diffused light, but is also capable of it in the penumbra. Anthurium sap is poisonous, so keep it away from animals and children.

Bocarnea bent

The charming and unusual bocarnea is one of the most resilient plants: If you travel a lot, it will meet you safe and sound on your return. Its bizarre bottle-like trunk holds a supply of water in case of drought, with which it can do without watering for several weeks (of course, we’re talking about an adult plant). Bocarnea are sold both in relatively small sizes, suitable for placing on a table, and as a small tree. They grow slowly, so you don’t have to worry about frequent transplanting.

Chlorophytum tufted

In addition to surviving in the shade, Chlorophytum is also an effective air purifier, so the plant is often placed in children’s rooms and medical facilities. There are richly green and variegated forms. In winter, it can lose its leaves. To avoid this, they need to be periodically sprayed.


A yucca is usually associated with a sunny desert landscape, but in room conditions it grows well in the shade as well, though not at the same rate. The main rule in caring for the plant is not to flood, letting the soil dry out.



Sparkling like a jewel, begonia leaves and flowers will make any dark room brighter. There are countless varieties – just look at Begonia Rex with its foliage adorned with silver, green, pink, red, orange and burgundy hues. The plants are great in terrariums and compositions. The basic rule of watering is to keep the soil always slightly moist.


The orange or yellow tubular flowers of this jungle dweller have given it the popular name of a goldfish plant. It prefers, of course, bright diffused light, but it will also grow at a distance from windows. It is beautiful not only with flowers, but also with shiny dark green leaves on stems elegantly hanging from a hanging cachet. Watering is required when the soil becomes dry to the touch.


A delightful climbing plant with a slow growth rate. Optimal placement for the hoia is a place where diffused light falls, but it does not lose its attractiveness in the shade either. And it is good first of all with dense and bright leaves – flat or corrugated. However, its white fragrant flowers deserve no less attention. Hoya can be grown as an ampel plant or on a prop. Be careful with watering and only moisten when the soil is dry