23 Beautiful House Plants That Don't Need Direct Sunlight

Green fingers aren't for everyone.

Worry not, these beautiful and low-maintenance plants will look great in any home.

They don't need a lot of light to thrive and, to a degree, cope well with neglect.

1. Alocasia Silver Dragon

This picture taken on March 7, 2021 shows Leiister Soon holding an alocasia silver dragon plant while posing next to an anthurium regale (R) in Kuala Lumpur. The Alocasia plant has large, beautifully patterend leaves. Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

A tropical plant originally from southeast Asia, where they grow on jungle floors with little to no light.

The Alocasia Silver Dragon needs plenty of humidity and doesn't cope well in low temperatures. This delicate and rare to find house plant, requires indirect light, out of reach of the sun's direct rays.

2. Bromeliads

A members of the public purchases a bromeliad in the main pavilion at Chelsea Flower Show on September 22, 2021 in London, England. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Getty Images

This houseplant can survive with artificial lighting, so is perfect for bathrooms or rooms without windows. Low maintenance, it does not require a lot of watering and can survive drought-like conditions.

3. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

Cast-Iron Plant
The cast-iron plant has been described as a "nearly indestructible houseplant." seven75/iStock

A hardy plant that tolerates well a variety of conditions, such as low-light environments.

They grow at a very slow rate but don't require much maintenance. Avoid direct sunlight as it can burn its leaves.

4. Creeping Fig (Ficus Pumila)

Creeping Fig
This planty does need bright light but not direct sunlight. Kara Riley/The Spruce

Also known as climbing fig, this plant is suitable for indoor and outdoor uses. It is mainly used as a table plant or a hanging plant.

Easy to look after, it needs to be watered when the soil is dry. The creeping fig does need bright light but not direct sunlight.

5. Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake Plant)

Calathea lancifolia
Calathea lancifolia aka 'rattlesnake plant'. iStock / Getty Images Plus/Zloyel

Originally from the rainforests of Brazil, it gets its common name from the distinctive markings on its leaves.

Beautiful but demanding house plant that grows well in light shade. It has a specific minimum temperature of 55 F (13 C) requirement that needs be maintained.

6. Devil's Ivy (Money Plant)

Potted Devils Ivy plant
Potted Devils Ivy plant. iStock / Getty Images Plus/Grumpy Cow Studios

In the wild, it is usually found in forests in south-east Asia where it grows in the deep shade.

It requires little care as a houseplant, and it can purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions.

7. Dracanea (Dragon Tree)

Photo Courtesy of The Spruce/ Photographer:Anastasiia Tretiak

A very popular houseplant originating from Madagascar in Africa. The Dracanea helps purify the air and it can endure a fair amount of neglect.

It does not need daily watering and needs to stay away from direct sun exposure.

8. Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus Lyrata)

Fiddle-leaf fig
Fiddle leaf fig plants do well with moderate sunlight. Leticia Almeida/The Spruce

There is some debate between owners over whether or not these plants need direct sunlight.

According to the fiddleleaffigplant.com: "Fiddles actually love full sun IF they're properly acclimated to it. The problem is that most fiddles sold as houseplants were planted and grown indoors in indirect or artificial light. You can't put these trees right in full sun or they'll get sunburned."

Originally from western Africa, the fiddle-leaf fig tolerates neglect well and is very low maintenance as a result.

9. Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)

Kentia Palm
The Kentia palm is a house plant perfect for a beginner as a first plant. Kara Riley/The Spruce
This plant is perfect for a beginner as a first plant as it requires little care. The Howea forsteriana has good air-purifying abilities, and is capable of filtering and purifying stagnant air.
According to home design website The Spruce: "While kentia palms can grow in low light conditions, you will get more foliage if they get soft, filtered light, so aim for at least six to eight hours a day".

10. Maranta Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)

Maranta Roseo-Picta. Horth. Illustration by P. Stroobant and lithograph by L. Stroobant from "Revue de l'Horticulture Belge et Etrangère", Ghent (Belgium) 1867. Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images/Getty Images

Called prayer plant because of the way its leaves are wrapped together at dusk, a kind of prayer pose part of a process called nyctinasty.

Maranta Leuconeura does not need direct sunlight and it is a good choice for both expert and beginner growers.

11. Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern
An asparagus fern. Studio Light and Shade/Studio Light and Shade

Asparagus ferns do best in dappled shade, so it needs to be out of bright sunshine. It thrives in humidity, so a bathroom is the ideal place for it.

12. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)

Giant Monstera tree
Giant Monstera tree. iStock / Getty Images Plus/lamyai

The Monstera plant needs very little to no sunlight and can thrive in pretty much any light condition.

It is also considered a natural air purifier, able to remove toxins from the air.

13. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm
Parlor palms are "a great place to start for the beginner." Studio Light and Shade/iStock

Chamadorea elegans, also known as Parlor Palm grows easily and does not need much attention and care. You will need to water it only when the soil is dry. It needs little sunlight to survive.

The plant has been included on NASA's list of 50 indoor plants that clean the air.

14. Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace Lilies are one of the easiest indoor house plants to care for. Grumpy Cow Studios/iStock

A low-maintenance houseplant with glossy green leaves and occasional white flowers. The white 'petal' is not a lily but a leaf bract that grows around the yellow bud.

Peace lilies prefer a shady spot in the house.

15. Philodendron

Topical Philodendron Verrucosum houseplant in a pot.
Topical Philodendron Verrucosum houseplant with dark green veined velvety leaves in basket flower pot. iStock

Another popular house plant with a beautiful heart-shaped foliage.

Be warned: they can be toxic to pets and humans if ingested because their leaves and stems are high in calcium oxalate.

A tough plant, it doesn't require much attention or sunlight and is considered one of the easiest houseplants to grow.

16. Pilea Peperomiodes

Pilea Peperomia
Pilea peperomioides, Chinese money plant, in a blue flowerpot, isolated at a grey background. iStock / Getty Images Plus/Yvonne Lebens

Easy to grow, it is also known as the Chinese money plant. It prefers a light spot, but never in direct sunlight.

Even though it doesn't need much water to thrive, the soil should never dry out.

17. Stromanthe Sanguinea

Photo courtesy of The Spruce/ Photographer: Anastasiia Tretiak

Also known as Stromanthe Triostar or Triostar. It is found in the South American rainforest, where tall trees block out direct sunlight. Therefore, as a houseplant, it prefers filtered light.

18. Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

A beautiful evergreen houseplant, it doesn't have to be directly exposed to sunlight in order to grow.

Like most ferns, it prefers a damp and low-light environment. Ideal for bathrooms where the humidity is high.

19. Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant "can be neglected for weeks at a time." Grumpy Cow Studios/iStock

Also known as "Viper's Bowstring hemp," "Saint George's Sword" and "Mother-in-law's tongue". This house plant doesn't need much watering and tolerates lack of care well.

The plant is said to release oxygen at night and, according to NASA, snake plants can remove toxins from the air inside your home.

20. Spider plant

Spider plant
The Spider Plant is a great option for inexperienced plant owners. FeelPic/iStock

Chlorophytum comosum or the spider plant, is one of the most adaptable houseplants

It is easy to grow and can do so in different conditions. Spider plants can be moved outside to a sunny balcony but it cannot be exposed to direct sun light. During the cold weather, it needs to be indoors as it doesn't cope well with the frosty temperatures.

21. Silver Queen (Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen)

Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreens are popular as they are easy to take care of. dropStock/iStock

Silver queens are a variant of evergeen plants, and due to their light green speckled leaves, they prefer low light conditions.

Known to grow between 8 inches to 4 feet in high, these plants are perfect indoor plants as they are sensitive to the cold.

22. Zamioculcas

ZZ Plant
The ZZ Plant is "virtually indestructible." OleseaV/iStock

Low maintenance, the ZZ Plant is one of the hardiest plants around.

They are beautiful to look at with a lush foliage and a bright green color.

23. Zebra Cactus (Haworthia attenuata)

The Zebra cactus needs little water and blooms beautiful white-brown flowers in the summer. It thrives in low light conditions, but occasionally needs to be moved to a more bright environment to prevent yellowing leaves.

Haworthiopsis attenuata.
Haworthiopsis attenuata. iStock

Update 11/04/21, 11:26 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to reflect the debate over whether or not fiddle-leaf figs need direct sunlight.

Correction 11/04/21, 11:26 a.m. ET: A new photograph of a philodendron has been used; a previous image showed a Monstera, not a split-leaf philodendron.