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Want to brighten up the dark corners of your home? There are many beautiful indoor plants that will happily survive (and thrive) in low light.

Snake Plant

Sometimes referred to as ‘Mother in law’s tongue,’ the snake plant is surprisingly tame when it comes to maintenance. Bright light will help this plant grow, but it will happily tolerate low light and keep growing and growing.

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ZZ Plant

The pretty ZZ plant will grow well in a dry environment and tends to push the low-light limit to the extreme. ZZ plants have shiny, dark green leaves and long, thick stems. They can also grow quite tall. Stick one in your darkest corner and watch it thrive!

Philodendron

These plants come in so many varieties (think heart leaf, split-leaf) and they make a gorgeous indoor plant. Consider this one a great low-light alternative to the fiddle leaf. Keep your philodendron in almost all levels of light except direct.

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Cast Iron Plant

Don’t have a burgeoning green thumb? No stress. This plant almost thrives on neglect which makes it a breeze for anyone to grow.

Devil’s Ivy

This plant is so named because it will grow vines even in the worst conditions. Of course, this could be bad if it’s planted outside where it’ll choke out your other plants, but if you’re looking for an indoor-happy plant, this is it.

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Dieffenbachia

Filtered light is best for this plant – once winter’s over and spring and summer kick in, try using a curtain between it and the sun. This will help your plant while it’s trying to produce new, tender leaves.

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Spider Plant

The spider plant is very adaptable which makes it super easy to grow and very popular. It’s also easy to breed and share with others if it gets out of control. This plant can stand up to a decent amount of neglect and will most enjoy indirect light.

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Pothos

Pothos plants thrive in both bright light and low light situations and don’t need any specific care. Variegated pothos plants (green with white lines) will probably lose their variegation in low light but don’t let that deter you.

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Bromeliad

It might be a tropical plant, but this houseplant is so resilient that it can actually survive on fluorescent light alone. A bromeliad will also thrive in humid conditions, so this could be a go-to for your bathroom.

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Ponytail Palm

Ahh, the adorable ponytail palm. It’s not actually a palm at all, so it doesn’t come with all the needs of a typical palm plant. This is a great choice of an indoor plant because they’re drought-tolerant, and keeping them in low light will keep them from growing too fast (and at houseplant size).

Ferns

Ferns can be a little fussier than some of the other plants on this list, but they make a great addition to any low-light space. These plants are used to growing on the forest floor in the wild and so they’ve adapted to dark spaces with indirect light. They enjoy humid conditions so this will potentially be another great bathroom plant!

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Dragon Tree

If you’d like to add a light tropical flair to your rooms, but simply don’t have the light to sustain them, the dragon tree is an excellent alternative. It’s pretty tough to kill and will happily bounce back from some neglect.

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Lauren Vardy
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Lauren Vardy is author behind the Rent.com.au Blog, a site built to help renters find a home and navigate their renting journey. She is the Content Manager at Rent.com.au. Outside of work, she dabbles in all things health, fitness and houseplants.