Ideal for the bathroom: 12 plants that don’t need any light

A bathroom that benefits from a lot of light really is something wonderful. When the sun is shining, you can enjoy a nice, reinvigorating shower while keeping the window slightly ajar to let out any steam and keep the air fresh. And best of all, you can even create your own indoor tropical paradise with various indoor plants from all around the world!

Sadly though, not all of us are fortunate enough to have a bathroom with a large window. Indeed, many bathrooms don't even have a skylight. Even so, this doesn't mean that you have to give up on including some greenery in your wet rooms. There are a good number of plants that can happily get by with little to no sunlight. In most case, all you need is an everyday energy-saving lamp or a small tilt-and-turn window.

Here's a list of 12 plants that are perfectly suited for dark bathrooms...

1. String-of-pearls

More commonly known as string-of-pearls due to its appearance, the Senecio rowleyanus is a popular house plant that tends to avoid direct sunlight. While the plant's leaves may look like peas, you certainly shouldn't eat them as they're somewhat poisonous. Instead, they make the perfect ornamental plant that'll give your bathroom the touch of green it craves. This plant is content with the minimal amounts of light from small windows or skylights, and takes up hardly any space.


2. Zuzu plant

The Zamioculcas, or Zuzu plant, is another great candidate for bathrooms without windows. The darkness of the room determines how light the the plant's leaves become — less light results in a darker shade of green. This elegant plant is also extremely robust and can even withstand some neglect.


3. Staghorn fern

The Platycerium is rather special, because it can be hung on the wall — it uses its lower leaves to cling onto its soil. More commonly known as the staghorn fern, the plant also loves a moist climate in the bathroom and avoids direct sunlight. You do need a small window for air supply though.


4. Spider plant

Chlorophytum comosum, more commonly known as the spider plant, is a classic when it comes to indoor plants. While it loses its impressive leaf pattern in dark places, it's happy enough without sunlight. Spider plants also don't care whether you keep your bathroom warm or cold.


5. Aspidistra

Even in the darkest corners of your apartment, the Aspidistra feels right at home; its leaves continue to grow even if there's no sunlight. The plant also creates a healthy atmosphere when it's steamy in the bathroom.


6. Chamaedorea

Since the Chamaedorea likes a humid atmosphere, it makes the perfect house plant in many bathrooms. While the Chamaedorea prefers dark places, it does need some indirect sunlight from time to time to stay strong and healthy. 


7. Mother-in-law's tongue

The Sansevieria trifasciata is jokingly known as the mother-in-law's tongue because it's leaves are sharp and pointy. Apart from that, the plant acts as a great air filter by converting toxic agents such as formaldehyde and benzene found in new wooden furniture into oxygen.


8. Prayer plant

Without any daylight, this stubborn plant refuses to flower. However, simply stroking the Calathea's silky leaves more than makes up for this flaw. The prayer plant is not too fond of drafts, so it's best to keep it away from the window and bathroom door.


9. Devil's ivy

The Epipremnum aureum is known as devil's ivy because it's almost impossible to kill. Going beyond its name, this robust plant will add a wonderful touch of decoration to any bathroom, no matter the size.


10. Dragon tree

Dracaena plants are easy to care for, making them perfect for people who don't have green thumbs. They're also suitable for use as houseplants, being a top performer in NASA's clean air study and tolerant to infrequent watering. 


11. Maranta

This tropical plant is another excellent option for dark bathrooms. The Maranta does require some attention though, so preferably hang it near a skylight and provide it with room-temperature water on a regular basis.


12. Peace lily

Known as the peace lily, the Spathiphyllum's long decorative leaf is sure to light up the darkest of bathrooms. This is also one of the few flowering plants that are suitable for the bathroom.


So what are you waiting for? A lack of sunlight or space is no longer an excuse for failing to add some greenery to your bathroom. Most of the plants listed above also require little care, so it's not like you'll have to expend lots of energy looking after them. It's time to get gardening!


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