23 houseplants that thrive in a shaded interior

Houseplants generally thrive in a sufficiently bright environment. However, even if the light input is low, greenery enthusiasts are not left out thanks to the species capable of thriving in the shade. Ferns, pilea or calathea, the choices are multiple and vary according to needs and preferences. Here is a guide to shade plants.


Calathea Network in pot Truffaut

Calathea is a Brazilian plant with a long-lasting flowering. This species thrives in humid environments. To ensure its growth:


  • Place it on a bed of clay balls.
  • Mist its foliage with rain water.

A spathiphyllum an exotic green plant –

Spathiphyllum is generally found in South American forests. Thus, it thrives without worry in a dimly lit room.

Indoor azalea

planting a potted Japanese azalea
Japanese azalea in a pot on a terrace. – BG / Rustica

Unlike the versions planted in beds in the garden, indoor azalea is not resistant to cold. However, it is advisable to place it in the coolest room in the house. Remember to keep the root ball moist by regularly immersing the pot in a basin of water.

Paphiopedilum Orchid (“Venus’s Hoof”)

Orchid Paphiopedilum lawrenceceanum
Orchid Paphiopedilum lawrenceceanum – (c) C. Rattle – Rustica

Of Indian origin, this orchid generally leaves its first flowers between November and February. For increased longevity:

  • Water this plant once a week.
  • Give it liquid fertilizer every 3 weeks or so.
  • Between August and September, it is best to place it outdoors.


dieffenbachia maculata 'compacta'
Dieffenbachia maculata ‘compacta’ F. Marre Rustica

The Dieffenbachia is native to South America. This vigorous plant adapts to all situations.

Fatsia japonica

Aralia sieboldii
‘Mingh Large’ range pots planted with an ‘Aralia sieboldii’ – Franck Boucourt – Rustica

A shrub with giant leaves, Fatsia japonica is appreciated for its shiny green color. It is advisable to let the soil dry before renewing watering.

Fern Pteris cretica

Shade planter
Shade planter composed of hosta, fern, helxine begonia and heuchera – BG / Rustica – Jean-Michek Franck

Besides its pretty graphic form, the fern Pteris cretica is also known for its great thirst. It does well in a terrarium or in a bottle culture. Remember to fertilize it regularly.


Clivia – Jardinerie Côté Nature – C. Rattle – Rustica

A very widespread decorative plant, the clivia thrives perfectly in the shade. However, it is advisable to take it out at times, especially when the weather returns.


Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'
Aspidistra elatior ‘Asahi’ Pépinière de la Roche Saint Louis F. Marre Rustica

Aspidistra adapts perfectly to shade, provided the temperature is optimal. It is the most robust and the easiest to grow indoors: thus, it particularly likes a bathroom, cool even a little dark.


Aglaoneme Truffaut

Easygoing, aglaoneme requires little light to grow well. Nevertheless, it is advisable to install it from time to time in a sufficiently exposed place to ensure its longevity. Favor aglaonema comutatum, better adapted to shade.


In the presence of sufficient humidity, the aralia requires little care and light. Only downside: its flower tend to bulky.

Adiantum Fragrans

adiantum fragrans
From left to right: spathiphyllum, ficus pumilla, adiantum fragrans – – Styling Elize Eveleens – Klimprodukties

Also known as capillary or Venus hair, this fern is particularly fond of shady corners and coolness. However, a minimum of indirect light is necessary. While growing, it can reach up to 40 cm in height. To preserve it better, water it regularly, making sure that the root ball is completely dry between each operation.


Bromeliad in bloom
Bromelias –

For a change of scenery and a guaranteed plant decoration, bromeliad (opening photo) is the winning choice because of its dapper color. Avoiding direct light, it is ideal for growing indoors, in the shade. Easy to maintain, this plant grows well even without regular watering.

Mountain palm

Dwarf palm
Mountain Palm or Chamaedorea – C. Rattle Rustica

This variety is undoubtedly the easiest to live with, especially in the shade. Indeed, it requires little daily maintenance. However, growing in a dark place, this plant does not give yellow flowers in spring. Thus, it is recommended to place it in a sufficiently lighted place before the return of fine weather for a beautiful flowering.


Dracaena –

The dracaena does not like direct sun exposure or heat. It is therefore necessary to prune it regularly for it to develop properly.


Peperomia caperata 'Rosso'
Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso’ F. Marre Rustica

Small plants up to 15 cm tall, peperomias like to grow in soft light. In addition, they particularly appreciate humidity, which justifies regular watering.

Japanese sedge

Carex 'Ever'
Sedge or sedge ‘Ever’ F. Marre Rustica

Formerly dedicated to outdoor cultivation, the Japanese sedge now invites itself in dimly lit areas of an interior. It appreciates humidity and therefore requires regular watering. Its fine foliage fits perfectly in the bathroom or any other room in the house.

Polystic with swords

The Polystyrene hates direct sunlight and thrives best in shade. On the other hand, it thrives in permanently moist soil and thus requires regular watering. It is appreciated for its bushy appearance, bringing a natural touch to an interior. To keep it better, spray it at times.

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum is one of the depolluting plants and thrives in poorly lit places. Moreover, it requires little attention and maintenance.


Philodendron – (c) Rustica – C. Hoche

This pretty plant is perfect for places with little light. However, favor regular watering to keep the soil slightly moist. This plant species is also known to effectively clean the air.

Maranta leuconeura

Maranta leuconeura
Maranta leuconeura ‘fascinator’ Rustica F. Marre

Easy to grow, this tropical plant only requires regular watering. Avoid placing it in a place with too much light, at the risk of drying out its leaves.

Ficus pumila

Ficus pumilla
Ficus pumilla – – Styling Elize Eveleens – Klimprodukties

Gradually growing, the ficus pumila is prized for its dark green foliage. It is thus a decorative plant par excellence. Be sure to limit watering to better conserve its roots.


Cordyline Lacy Red
Cordyline ‘Lacy Red’ – (c) F. Marre – Rustica – Globe Planter

Cordyline likes shady spaces where it grows easily. It is also popular with its ease of maintenance.

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