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10 Gorgeous houseplants that need zero sunlight to survive
Am I the only one that was 'in the dark' about these?
Laura Shallcross
08.24.21

The general rule for plant survival is simple: they need nutrition, water, and sunlight for photosynthesis.

But there are plenty of plants out there that can survive in low-light conditions.

While some plants are used to having their own dedicated patches of sun, others have become accustomed to growing beneath other large, sun-blocking plants and can thrive with very little sunlight themselves.

This article will look at the 10 most beautiful, easy-to-maintain houseplants that don’t need any sunlight to survive.

1. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

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First on the list is the Chinese Evergreen. This deep green leafy plant is great for air filtering, and can be grown in the corner of any room in your house.

2. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

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Next up, the Cast Iron Plant, another large-leaf plant, is very strong and can easily survive in low-light conditions. It’s very difficult to kill the Cast Iron Plant, making it ideal for newbie plant owners!

3. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

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The Dumb Cane is a large, beautiful pot plant with multi-toned leaves. This indoor plant can’t be harmed by a lack of sunlight, and provides a unique freshness to your home.

4. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

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One of the more popular houseplants for a high shelf, the English Ivy plant has tendrils that grow downwards, creating a waterfall effect. This plant can grow in the lowest sunlight conditions.

5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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With deep green leaves contrasting smooth, white lilies, the peace lily is one of the most beautiful houseplants that require little sunlight. You can make any drab room look pretty with this plant – but avoid if you have cats, as lilies are poisonous to our feline friends.

6. Peacock Plant (Calathea Makoyana)

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The Peacock Plant is as vibrant and pretty as its name suggests. It has white leaves with dark green markings that have the appearance of peacock feathers. This plant is a great plant for dark rooms.

7. Philodendron

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The philodendron plant is famous for its large, heart-shaped leaves. It requires the least amount of sunlight to grow, and most households can grow this plant easily.

8. Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

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Another vine-style plant for high shelves is the Pothos. This gorgeous, low-maintenance houseplant is very user-friendly, being both hardy and beautiful to look at.

9. Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)

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Another houseplant with a mesmerizing leaf pattern, the Prayer Plant actually folds its leaves during winter, which makes it look as if it is praying. This is one of the more stunning plants on this list that would look great in a dark corner.

10. Creeping Fig

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The Creeping Fig is a particularly unique vine-like plant, with tendrils that will grow – or creep – in any direction. Again, this plant is great for darker homes with less sunlight access.

And that’s it, our top 10 houseplants that need zero sunlight to get by. How many of these had you already heard of?

Keen to learn more plants that can survive without sunlight? Check out the video below!

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By Laura Shallcross
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Laura Shallcross is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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