5 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants for Apartments with Low Light

updated May 9, 2023
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One of the biggest frustrations of living in a space with limited light is the seemingly impossible task of keeping your houseplants happy — and by happy we mean alive. So what is a prospective plant parent with a dimly lit home to do? While all plants do need light to survive, if you know which plants to buy you can keep them thriving even in low-light spaces.

The easiest way to determine what will do well is to look at the plant’s natural conditions. Succulents, cacti, and other desert dwellers are best suited to sunny spots, while anything that naturally grows on the forest floor, under a canopy, or thrives in shade is a candidate for lower light situations.

Ready to shop for houseplants suited for darker homes? We’ve got you covered! Below, we rounded up the five best plants for low-light apartments — you’re going to love them.

A popular houseplant when I was growing up, the spider plant interestingly self-propagate by sending out off-shoots, does well when its roots are crowded, and can thrive in low-light conditions.

Known as a great plant for improving indoor air quality, the Peace Lily is also one of the few low-light-friendly options that produce flowers.

The snake plant is my favorite pick for the darker corners of my own apartment. It has a sculptural appearance, adds a bit of green, and seems to thrive on neglect.

Adaptable bamboo is a great fit for dim rooms and is inexpensive and easy to come across.

A hardy plant that can tolerate both low light and watering neglect, the ZZ plant is great for those with a black thumb.