18 Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air Low Light

Searching for Indoor plants for your house.

Good, having green foliage plants inside your house lifts up your life and improves health. It’s obvious in your home every spot didn’t get much sunlight to grow a healthy plant.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have them inside. As you know, the plant kingdom has lots of species and there are plants that thrive in shade or partial sunlight.

In this guide, you’ll find the best indoor plants for clean air low light, and much care. All these plants mentioned below make your house pleasant and relaxing.

So, you can choose any indoor plant that you like.

Why Grow Indoor Plants?

Before growing it’s essential, you know why you should invest your time and resources in growing indoor plants.

It’s scientifically proven that plants purify the air around them. You can take advantage of these characteristics to have fresh air in your house.

Also having plants all around the house indirectly helps to flourish your mood despite the fact of how tough your day was.

Plants reduce stress, improve mood, and provide relief from high emotions. Even, having a green plant in your workspace will increase your concentration and make you more productive.

So, let’s know about them one by one…

Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air low light

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) 

Snake plants are also called mother-in-Laws Tongue. They are considered to be one of the best indoor plants for hardly any light out there.

The name snake came from snake-like strips on its sharp-pointed leaves. The snake plant is easy to care for and has tall foliage that makes them attractive.

Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air low light

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You can place a Snake plant as a backdrop for a display or stand-alone masterpiece. One thing you should keep in mind is never to place them in direct sun as they get damaged.

Snake plants have rot-prone roots so before watering them again you should allow the soil to dry out.

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Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

If you don’t have much time to look after your plant then Chinese Evergreen is one of the best choices.

This plant is similar to Calla Lilies and its presence can brighten any room. Chinese Evergreen is a hardy plant and able to survive in tough conditions.

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They can thrive even in poor conditions for many years. You can place this compact plant on your desk or table where you work.

This shade-loving plant doesn’t need much sunlight so never expose them to full sun, to avoid scorching it. You can know how much sunlight this plant requires by simply looking at its foliage. Chinese Evergreen with dark green leaves needs less sunlight than light shade leaves.

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Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

The name Prayer plant is inspired by its folding leaves that look like it’s praying. This is one of the best hanging plants that do not require sunlight and has lovely oval-shaped leaves.

Maranta leuconeura

Photo source: João Medeiros

Many varieties of prayer plants have delicate pink veins that spread across their leaves and design weblike tendrils of color.

Although, they grow well in bright light but never place in direct sunlight. Prayer plants also grow in lower light conditions and can survive for a long period of time. However, too little light can lead plant leaves to lose color.

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

It looks like Bamboo but actually, it belongs to the Dracaena family.  Whatever family it belongs to, you’ll appreciate it’s easy to live in any condition.


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Lucky bamboo grows in water so you have to immerse it’s roots in water all the time.

This small Lucky Bamboo plant is easy to grow and you’ll find it in small indoor areas around the world. However, if you plant Lucky bamboo in the soil you have to water it regularly. 

The plant grows well in low light so it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight.

Southern Maidenhair Fern

If you have a more advanced green thumb then you can try to grow Southern Maidenhair Fern. Whether you grow them in a pot or as one of the fern ground covers in a shade garden.

Adiantum capillus-veneris

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This graceful plant needs care to grow elegant lines, so you have to do homework before growing them. This plant grows well in partial shade or low light, so avoid direct sunlight because that leads to the scorching of its leaves.

Southern Maidenhair Fern prefers humidity so you have to water them regularly to keep the soil moist. You can also use a moisture strip on the soil periodically. Southern Maidenhair Fern prefers distilled water or tap water.

There are also other varieties of ferns with colorful leaves that you can try as well. Christmas fern is one of them.

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)

Looking for a low-light houseplant that can be placed in your dining place or living room? Then, Parlor Palm is the best choice for this. In the history of this plant, in Victoria times when having a parlor palm in the house was a mark of taste and affluence.


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To prove this, you have to plant it in your house and see how after a few weeks it improves your living spaces. Parlor palm plants grow easily in either low or medium-light but excessive exposure to light might damage their leaves.

So, don’t place them in windows and avoid other powerful light sources. The Parlor palm plant grows even under incandescent bulb light.

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Do you have the opposite of a green thumb and end up killing every plant you try to grow? Then cast iron plant is a good choice for you.

As you can guess from the plant’s name this plant is hardy in nature and survives almost any disaster.

Aspidistra elatior

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The Cast Iron plant is quite attractive, with deep green leaves, and a pleasant appearance. They grow easily in low light circumstances so it’s best not to keep them in direct sunlight.

With that, you have to water them from time to time and also widen their foliage every week to clean away dust.

Peacock Plant (Calathea Makoyana)

Peacock Plant is famous for its multi-color foliage. They go by many aliases, including Rattlesnake Plant and Cathedral Windows.

It’s a gorgeous plant, with broad leaves with distinct patterns of dark and light leave that shimmer and shift with the breeze.

Korbmarante (Calathea makoyana)

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The peacock plant needs experienced hands as they require some additional attention. They grow well in medium light so don’t overexpose in sunlight, excessive sunlight can lead to pale marks.

The peacock plants like humid conditions, you have to water them regularly to maintain the moistness of the soil. Water them with rainwater or distilled water rather than tap water.

Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans)

Dracaena is one of the most common indoor plants you’ll find. The plant has slender, green-and-yellow leaves that make it attractive.


Photo source: Forest and Kim Starr

You can place Dracaena on tables, desks, windowsills, and shelves. Dracaenas are one of the best air-purifying plants around.

Place your Dracaena in bright light, but never put them in direct sunlight. They grow well in lower light conditions. Let your Dracaena soil dry almost completely before watering them again.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Fern is also known as Boston Fern, a tough green houseplant that reduces air pollutants from the air. Having a Boston Fern can boost the air quality of your house. 

Nephrolepis exaltata-madera

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Boston prefers bright light so you can hang it outdoors or in any place with a bright spot. But, do not put them in direct sunlight as it can result in lush leaves.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The peace lily is one of the best air purification plants you can plant in your house. It cleans air pollutants from the surrounding area which provides clean air and healthier inhabitants.


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Peace Lily can tolerate dim light but they grow better in bright spots to inhibit white flowers.

So, whenever possible place them in bright spots where they get indirect sunlight. However, you should never expose them to direct sunlight.

This plant is perfect for college students as they need very little care and spread lots of happiness.

Peace Lily is an attractive plant anyone can notice its presence in the room.

It’s not hard to care for them but their leaves can be toxic so you should always wear gloves while handling them.

Touching Peace Lily foliage directly can cause skin irritation. You can place them in higher spots so that pets and children cannot touch them.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

The spider plant is also known as an air plant as it eats airborne pollutants including formaldehyde and xylene. They also remove bad odors so you can place them in the bathroom, garages, or other areas with strong smells.

Chlorophytum comosum

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Spider plants grow fine in lower light but for better growth, you should keep them in bright spots. But never place them in direct sun as it might damage their leaves.

Growing spider plants is not tough but you have to water them regularly as they dry out rapidly.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Surprised by the name of the plant, ZZ is a short form of its scientific name Zamioculcas zamiifolia.

The ZZ plant can survive in bad conditions and tolerate dim light hence it’s practically impossible to kill them. You’ll find this plant in offices, houses, and other areas across the world.


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As the plant has lovely waxy green leaves that make them a great display plant. Similar to other green plants, ZZ plants prefer bright spots but not direct sunlight.

If you place them in direct sunlight due to excessive light the foliage turns brown and can get dry. On the other hand, less light yielded pale foliage and stunted the growth of the plant.

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Creeping Fig (Ficus Pumila)

Creeping fig is also known as Fig Ivy and Creeping Fig. The plant is one of the fascinating ground cover plants that can thrive in poorly lit areas.

Creeping figs grow quickly and easily, you can place them indoors or hang them outside in bright light.

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They have attractive bright colored leaves so display them as decoration in your house.

Growing them is not hard but you have to water them regularly as they dry rapidly, and don’t overwater. Before watering again you should wait till the water dries out.

You can fertilize them once a month in the summer and spring.

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

Dumb care in one of the attractive low-light plants, you’ll find them in homes, offices, and waiting rooms everywhere.

Despite being attractive indoor plants, the leaves of Dumb cane are toxic when touched or consumed.


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Touching them without any gloves can cause swelling and skin irritation so handle them with caution.

Place Dumb cane where it gets filtered light, direct sunlight can cause discoloration.

Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)

The Peperomia plant is found in the deep jungle of Central and South America. This low-light pant has thick gorgeous leaves, with dark and pale stripes across its leaves that look unique.

Peperomia caperata

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Peperomia plants can easily grow and you can bend gracefully over the pot or hanging basket.

You can also place them in the living room or den where they get partial shade. Never place them in direct sunlight and water them well as they require lots of water.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy thrives in the meadows and valleys. It’s a sturdy plant and a great air-purifying plant that cleans your air.

You have to water them regularly when it’s young. As they get mature you can stop watering them quite frequently.

Hedera helix (English ivy) 2

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Keep them in a spot where they get indirect sunlight, English ivy grows well in low light.

The plant leaves are toxic in nature that can cause skin irritation so keep them away from children and pets.

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Golden Pothos is also called Devil’s Ivy or Money Plant. It is a native plant of South Asia. The plant has bright light green leaves and grows easily in low light.


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You can hang them in a bucket outdoors, Golden pothos is a hanging plant.  They are considered natural carbon monoxide scrubbers.

Place them in bright spots where they get indirect sunlight. You have to prune leaves from time to time as it spreads a lot.

Did I Miss Anything?

Now I’d like to hear from you: which plant from today’s post are you going to try first?

Or maybe, I didn’t mention your favorite indoor plant-growing tip. Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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