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The Best Houseplants for a Low-Light Living Space

by Vincent Zhang 02/21/2022

Keeping houseplants isn’t just for those with sunny homes. While the perfect south-facing window is many plant owners’ dream, lower light environments are just fine for many types of plants to thrive. Here we will go over some of the best low-light houseplants for your home.

Snake Plant

Snake plants are striking in appearance and extremely hardy. They have long, pointed leaves that stand straight up and can grow happily in partial shade for decades. An excellent bonus of the snake plant is that it is one of the best air-purifiers among house plants. If your snake plant is in the shade, make sure not to over-water it, as lack of sunlight means slower water absorption from the soil.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are famously hard to kill, partially because of their ability to survive and grow in lower light conditions. They will even live happily under mostly artificial light, making them a great option for offices and the home. You can grow them in hanging baskets or on a tall shelf to enjoy their long spider-like leaves hanging in all directions. Spider plants come in a variety of shades of green and some have bright stripes down the centers of the leaves. Giving the plant more light will help it maintain the deeper colors and pattern.


In the wild, pothos thrive in partial and full shade by growing on the trunks of trees in the jungle. This makes them an excellent low-light houseplant and a perfect choice for a plant with long, trailing vines. You can train pothos to climb trellises or even directly into your walls if you wish or allow them to trail along as they would on the forest floor. There are many kinds of pothos varieties, but the best for low light is the rich green jade pothos, as lack of sunlight will not affect its coloring.


Similarly to pothos, philodendrons are popular house plants for their long vines. There are many types of philodendron but the heart-leaf philodendron is one of the easiest and most-loved house plants. It can make a lush addition to any room with its glossy leaves and requires very little in terms of maintenance. Philodendrons are fine in the shade but will look their best and grow the biggest leaves in bright indirect light.

ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant can technically survive without natural sunlight at all. This makes it a popular choice for offices or commercial spaces lacking windows. They only need water every few weeks, but are drought tolerant and can go longer in between waterings without harm. The glossy dark green foliage will thrive in partial shade and stay small if you keep it to a smaller pot. Otherwise, ZZ plants can grow to several feet tall, even with very limited exposure to the sun.

There are other plant varieties that do well in lower-light conditions, but these are some of the easiest to care for—and most popular. Any plant on this list will adapt to the lighting situation you provide, as long as you don’t allow the leaves to fry in harsh direct sun. Always research the specific needs for your plant of choice to make sure it lives a healthy and happy life in your home.

About the Author

Vincent Zhang

I am a real estate broker, property manager, and investor, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To each client, I bring close to a decade of experience in real estate, first as a real estate investor, then manager, and now love to share my experience and knowledge with property buyers and sellers as a real estate broker. Since attending the University of Michigan in 2005, I have lived in Ann Arbor ever since. My exceptional knowledge of the market as an investor and property manager provides a unique perspective and competitive advantage to my clients for selling and buying both residential and investment properties.

I have successfully managed investment properties in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo and have conducted real estate transactions throughout southeast Michigan. Whether clients are looking for their first home, vacation homes, or the home of their dreams, I will be able to stay on top of the process, remove obstacles and make the real estate deals as pleasurable as possible. I enjoy working with people and finding ways to share a laugh or two in the process. I take pride in being available to my clients and being responsive to their needs.

In addition to my residential property expertise, and my multicultural background, I am capable of working with international investors and home buyers to make their international property purchases smoother and trouble-free. If you are interested in the acquisition of investment homes for your children while they attend the University of Michigan, as a property manager, investor, and broker, I will be able to help you make that reality come true.

I graduated from the University of Michigan and own and operate several businesses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In addition to my real estate experience, I am also a technology enthusiast and am always on the hunt to use technology and media to enhance the buying and selling experience. 

If you are looking to make your first home purchase, or are trying to sell your home, give me a call and I can guide you through the services that I can offer you to help you start along the journey. I take great pride in my work and it would be an honor for me to represent you and your needs.

Yours truly, Vincent Zhang