Houseplants for low light

Plants for low and medium light levels.

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After over- or underwatering, the thing that dooms most houseplants is being placed in the wrong amount of light. But unless you have a sun room, the light inside your home probably isn't all that bright. That doesn't mean you have to give up on houseplants, though.

Here's a list of easy-care plants that will live in low light or medium light. (To determine which kind of light you have, see the quick test here.) Click on the common name to see a photo of the plant. Then, if you like how it looks, click on the botanical name to learn more about its care.

Low-light houseplants
Arrowhead plant (Syngonium)
Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)
Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana')
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peperomia (many species)
Philodendron (type with heart-shaped leaves)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum
Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

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Houseplants for medium light
Aluminum plant (Pilea Cadierei)
Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri')
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Bromeliads (many species)
Dieffenbachia (many cultivars)
Grape ivy  (Ciussus rhombifolia
Lady's-slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum)
Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis
Parlor palm or Neanthe Bella palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura erythroneura)
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis)

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