Living plants bring new colors and patterns to your interior spaces. They also improve the air quality and emotional energy of your home or office. Studies have shown workspaces that include living plants have employees who report improved abilities to focus and higher levels of job satisfaction. Luckily, plants that thrive in low-light conditions are among the easiest to grow.

These living, breathing beauties are so adaptable and tolerant, it’s inspiring.
From left to right: rubber plant, spider plant, pothos, and snake plant.

Success is made-in-the-shade with these survivalists

Imagine yourself alone in a dim forest, existing on a few hours of filtered sun that trickles down from the thick canopy of trees above you. Some days you are drenched in a downpour of rain. Others you live for weeks without water. Your roots grow deeper and stronger to survive the drought. This linage of self-survival has created many resilient, low-light plants that practically prefer neglect.

Low-light plants that are also low maintenance include:

  • Arrowhead Vine
  • Boston Fern
  • Hoya or Wax Plant
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Rubber Plants
  • Sanseveira Snake Plants
  • Spider Plants

Spiders, snakes, devils and tongues: plant names are as varied and colorful as their leaves

All plants have names. You should absolutely give your plant a pet name and say that name out loud while caring for or just hanging out with your plant. No? It’s ok to not love these plants that much. They’re going to be fine due to forest-floor resilience. You may want to find ways to connect. If you’re not into talking to your plants, you can talk about them. When you choose to coexist with one of nature’s wonders, people will notice and may ask questions about the living, breathing, energy machine sharing your space.

In spite of any absence of creativity, your plant will inevitably be called by many different names. The common names we use to refer to plants are influenced by geographic location and folklore. They are often descriptive, referring to the growing characteristics and/or appearance of the plant.

Snake plants are also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue due to their sharp points and toughness but we don’t recommend this name. You’ll sound much more chivalrous if you call it Saint George’s Sword, named for its strong, sword-like leaves. In Japan, it is called a Tiger’s Tail. But most often, it is just a Snake plant. For complete accuracy, call it by its Latin name, Dracaena trifasciata, a species of the plant family Asparagaceae. Or, go ahead and make your plant a part of your family by giving it a name of its own.