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Indoor Plants for Low Light and Low Humidity

    Jade Plant

    • Crassula argentea, jade plant, is a long-lived succulent plant that tolerates poor soil, drought conditions and low light. Jade plants suffer and die if watered too much or left in wet conditions, and they prefer indirect light, not direct sunlight or a sunny window location. Thick, gray-green leaves on thick, tan branches store water for the plant to use at will. Jade plant resembles a small tree and is used in bonsai.

    Mother-in-law's Tongue

    • Sansevieria trifasciata, mother-in-law's tongue or snake plant, is native to West Africa. Mother-in-law's tongue tolerates dry and low-light conditions and lasts months with little or no water at all. The plant has attractive tall and stiff, spear-like leaves that are dark green with a waxy surface variegated with lighter green and yellow or cream stripes.

    Devil's Ivy

    • Epipremnum aureum, pothos or devil's ivy, native to Southeast Asia, is a popular, easy-to-grow houseplant with a vining growth habit and heart-shaped leaves. The plant is bright green or variegated green and white or green and yellow. It tolerates low light locations but prefers bright indirect light. Devil's ivy survives with little watering, wilts when too dry but revives quickly after wilting when watered, and it is easy to propagate from cuttings.

    Cast Iron Plant

    • Aspidistra elatior, cast iron plant, is native to the Eastern Himalayas, China, Japan and Taiwan. This dark-green plant with spear-shaped leaves grows in a plume or fountain habit from a rosette base. Cast iron plant, an extremely hardy plant, tolerates low light and little water for weeks but grows best with weekly watering and bright indirect light.

    Aloe Vera

    • Aloe barbadensis, aloe vera, is native to Africa. This succulent produces thick, fleshy, spear-shaped leaves filled with fluid. Aloe does not tolerate over watering and requires sparse watering to survive. The plant sunburns easily and needs partial shade to bright indirect light. The plant multiplies through underground roots and sends up seedlings from the mother plant. The fluid in the leaves is used to soothe burns.

    Wandering Jew

    • Tradescantia zebrina, wandering Jew, is native to southern Mexico. The plant ranges from light green to purple in coloring. It is a thin-leaved, succulent plant with a vining growth habit. The leaves are variegated, and the plant is easily propagated from cuttings. It survives low light and little watering; the color in its leaves fades when it gets too dry.

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