Shade Loving House Plants

Updated November 21, 2016

Choose houseplants that survive in shady conditions for best results. Unless you plan to place your plants in an open window facing south and gets plenty of sun, the interior of most houses does not have enough light for plant. Many houseplants can survive with minimal light, so there are options for your home or office.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are easy-to-grow plants for homes and offices that require little light. Peace lilies produce large, deep-green leaves and long, white spathes, or flowers. Peace lilies handle anything from bright, indirect light to deep shade. These flowers can also handle a bit of neglect, so they are good for someone without much time to devote to their plants.

Herringbone Plant

Herringbone plants get their name from the pattern on their leaves. Herringbone plants produce deep-green leaves with the pattern in red and a lighter shade of green. While herringbone plants require frequent watering, they handle almost complete shade.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen plants are also known as aglonema. They are very easy to grow and food for a shady corner of a home or an office without windows. These plants produce large, green leaves that are variegated with a lighter shade of green, yellow or cream. Water them well in the summer and less in winter.


The philodendron is good for a shady spot because it doesn't like sunny areas and will not thrive in full sun. Philodendrons produce large leaves on long, reddish brown stems. The leaves are usually deep-green with reddish edges, but other varieties can be a lighter shade of green. Philodendrons like humidity, so they thrive if spritzed with water.

Parlour Palm

The parlour palm grows well in the shade. These plants grow up to about 3 feet tall. Parlour palms look like miniature palm trees. They produce long stems and long, thin leaves that radiate in a circle around the stem. Parlour palms do best if spritzed frequently during hotter seasons.

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