5 Plants You'll Love For Low Light Corners

Low Light Houseplants

Finding the right plants for your lighting conditions can be a tricky thing. We all want that amazing indoor jungle with foliage and colour galore. However, some houseplants don’t thrive in low lighting conditions so if you have a space that doesn’t get a lot of light, this could be deadly for some plants. Starting off with a plant that isn’t suitable for your space can be a recipe for disaster. We’ve picked our top 5 plants that can survive in low/medium light and will continue to thrive without the sunshine.

Ollie The Calathea Orbifolia

The Calathea orbifolia is a favourite at Quirky Plants. Although Calatheas are known to be quite fussy plants, they do not need bright light to survive. The Calathea Orbifolia is naturally found in Brazil where they grow on the forest bed underneath the canopy of larger trees making their access to light minimal. 


If you’re able to provide high levels of humidity, then you’re on to a winner with this one! If you’re unsure on how you can increase the humidity in your home, I’d highly recommend you check out our blog on increasing humidity. Like most Calatheas, Ollie prefers to be watered with filtered or rain water. This will avoid any brown spots on his leaves. All Calatheas can tolerant lower lighting conditions so if Ollie doesn't take your fancy have a look at just a few other Calatheas we have to offer such as Buzz the Calathea flamestar, Freddie the Calathea Lancifolia, Ziggy the Calathea Sanderiana, Marty the Calathea Zebrina and Candice the Calathea warscewiczii

Sammy The Sansevieria Zeylanica

The Sansevieria species are very often seen in an office setting due to their robust nature. They can thrive in all lighting conditions provided there is at least one window in the room. Sammy the Sansevieria is native to West and East Africa and is an extremely drought tolerant plant. The Sansevieria species might be the right plant for you if you’re a keen environmentalist. Our range of Sansevieria comes in peat-free soil which is helping us stop the destruction of our peat bogs. If you’d like to find out more about our peat-free soil, you can here. Check out our peat-free Sansevierias Beyonce, Usain, Neil, Greta, Oprah, David, Judi and Malala.

The Chinese Evergreen Plant

The Chinese evergreen, or otherwise known as the Aglaonema, has over 20 species in its family and we sell two species: Foxy the silver queen and Jane the light star aglaonema. The Aglaonema is a very popular houseplant in the US but isn’t as commonly seen in the UK.
They’re a versatile plant that can tolerate just about any living conditions. They are very drought tolerant which helps out the forgetful water or the frequent traveller. These two are often given as gifts for beginners as they are quite hard to kill. You could place your Aglaonema in a dark, draughty hallway and it will soldier on.

The Corn Plant

Drake the dracaena golden coast also known as the corn plant is quite the character and has made a reputation for being a hardy, no-fuss plant. With his tropical look, hardy nature and bright colours what’s not to like? The corn plant is native to dry parts of East Africa where it can go many weeks without water and can tolerate all types of lighting. 
We sell a few corn plant species so if Drake isn't your cup of tea check out Wilson the Dracaena deremensis 'warneckii' and Justin the dracaena magenta.

 Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 

The ZZ plant or Zanzibar gem is one of the hardiest plants on the market. You can place Zoe in a dark room and forget about her for weeks and she will survive. She’s an incredibly robust plant that should be part of everyone's plant collection. She won’t let you down.
The Zanzibar gem is found in dry parts of Eastern Africa where it is accustomed to long periods of drought. The ZZ plant can be quite sensitive to bright light so it’s advised you keep her in a room with medium or indirect light. 

1 comment

  • rosie

    Great to have info like this- I live in Italy and will definitely order some of your plants to bring back here – I am wondering whether your recommended indoor plants can also survive a dark humid courtyard (and yes it does get to below zero sometimes in the winter), in particular OLLIE which looks wonderful

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