House Plants for Dark Rooms

Updated November 21, 2016

Many types of plants grow indoors, but some of them need more light than others. If you want to grow a plant in a room that gets little natural sunlight, and not much in the way of bright fluorescent light, either, you'll have fewer options. But you can find some plants that will thrive in a dark room.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are one of the most popular indoor plants, because they are very easy to grow. While they will thrive in rooms that get a lot of light, they can handle dark ones, too. Peace lilies have shiny, dark-green leaves and flat white flowers. They prefer cooler temperatures and grow between 1 and 1 1/2 foot feet tall.

Silver Lace Fern

The silver lace fern will grow in the lowest of low-light conditions. This small plant often has green and silver-coloured fronds, but there are some varieties of all-green silver lace ferns.

Snake Plant

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, is one of the larger of the indoor plants that can thrive in dark rooms. It grows up to 4 feet tall. Snake plants are another easy-to-grow choice, good for those lacking much experience with plants. Their strong, sharp leaves stand straight up, in shades of green and yellow.


Dieffenbachia grows a tall stalk ringed with large leaves in variegated shades of green and white. This plant is also called the "dumb cane." If you taste it, its sap will make the inside of your mouth and your tongue swell.


Several different types of aglaonema come in varying sizes. They are hardy plants and will thrive in most conditions, making them great choices for people who don't have a lot of time to devote to their plants. Aglaonema has plenty of narrow stems with large oval leaves in colours like silver, green, chartreuse and creamy white. Like quite a few other houseplants, however, their sap is poisonous. So keep them away from small children, and chewy pets.

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