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27 Low Light Succulents that Grow Even in Dark

I recently migrated to a new apartment that had next to no sunlight. As a plant enthusiast, this was a piece of bad news for me.

Thanks to my friends who brought low-light Succulents. Now I can continue to enjoy my plant treasures in one corner and my fiance in the other. 

Generally, there are more than 10000 Succulents worldwide. Succulents like Mistletoe Cactus, Kalanchoe, Snake Plant, Burro’s Tail, Aloe Vera, Wax Plant, Holiday Cacti, etc., can easily grow in low light.

Low light succulents
These Succulents provide you the option to grow them even in low lights.

Besides surviving in low light, these plants also provide you bonus permission to hang out with dear ones away from the plants for a couple of days.

If you want to discover the best indoor succulents that can thrive in low light, you have landed on the right article. Keep reading on to feed your queries.

27 Low Light Succulents for Offices or Appartments 

On average, a succulent needs about 7-8 hours of sunlight daily.

However, the low light Succulents prefer a north-facing window. Low light exists at shaded East facing windows or plants far away from an East facing window.

Grow lights positioned far from the plant and over 10 feet away from unobstructed South or West facing windows also invite low light. 

If you do not find the perfect place for low light, dark corners in a medium-light room are the ideal option.

Look at 27 low-light cacti and Succulents in the section below.

 1. Mistletoe Cactus

The Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) is an epiphyte that originated from tropical and South American regions.

It does not contain ‘leaves,’ but small, pale green stems with trailing growth.

The Mistletoe cactus can thrive in low to medium light for proper growth. But these plants cannot withstand extremely bright lights.

Mistletoe Cactus
Mistletoe Cactus is a plant that can thrive even in low-light conditions.

One hour of morning or evening sunlight or 2-3 hours of indirect sunlight daily can be enough for this plant.

For proper growth, you must water it every 3-6 weeks and maintain the temperature and humidity above 65°F and 50%, respectively.

You can use artificial grow lights when the light is too low for the plant. Pretty handy, right?

2. Snake Plant

The snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata) is a hardy succulent popular for its upright growth.

This plant has erect, sword-shaped, pointy leaves that are green in color and sport grayish-green variegations.

Snake plants need bright, indirect light but can survive in low-light conditions. They can endure no more than 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Snake plant in a pot
Snake plant can thrive in low light conditions.

Normally, the Snake plant needs 9-10 hours of indirect light which you can reduce if you provide a few hours of morning light.

To prosper, Snake plants need watering every 15 days, a whopping 70-90°F temperature, and 30-50% humidity.

You can also use incandescent lights that provide 500-2000 lux lights as an alternative to sunlight.

Read on to learn more about Snake Plant light requirements.

3. Kalanchoe Plant

Kalanchoe is a very popular group of flowering plants with thick leaves.

This plant has an upright growth habit; the leaves are covered with tiny hair.

Plants in the Kalanchoe genus have varying light needs. They need to be in pitch darkness to develop flower buds.

However, once the plant blooms, it needs enough bright light so that the flowers flourish. 

Thus, Kalanchoe’s light requirements turn different from the bloom-inducing light needs.

Other care requirements include watering every 2-3 weeks, 60-70°F temperatures, and a massive 75-85% humidity.

Kalanchoes, as annuals and perennials, grow in both garden beds and borders and in container plantings indoors or outdoors. 

4. Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum), also known as donkey’s Tail, is a unique houseplant with leaves hanging in a ‘tail-like’ appearance.

It has small, round leaves that come together to form clusters. The small beads are light green.

Burro’s Tail does the best in partial light indoors. If you keep this plant in direct sunlight, its leaves will burn.

Burro's Tail
Burro’s Tail, also known as donkey’s Tail, has a unique set of leaves.

Place the plant in bright sunlight for at least 4 hours a day; anything more will do grave damage to the plant.

Along with light, this plant needs watering every two weeks, a temperature between 50-60°F, and a humidity of 60-80%.

However, in low-light conditions, you need to provide them with grow lights for better growth.

5. ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a common houseplant that may not look like a succulent but actually is.

It consists of many stems that host small glossy green leaves.

The Zamioculcas plant does not require much light to flourish properly. In contrast, they may die if you keep them in bright light for more than 12 hours.

ZZ plant is a sucker for low light and does best in the fluorescent light of offices and homes.

If you want them to do their best, water them once every 2-3 weeks, keep them at 60-80°F temperature and provide them a humidity of 40-50%.

As this plant grows best in fluorescent lights, you can always keep them in low-intensity artificial lights.

Related Article: ZZ plant Light Requirement

6. Holiday Cacti

Holiday Cacti (Schlumbergera truncate) is a low-light indoor cactus that grows around the holidays, hence the name.

They have round, long, tubular stems that people often confuse with leaves. The original leaves are rounder and have crenate edges.

Schlumbergera grows best when you keep it in a light shade. The leaves will lose their pretty color if it gets too much light.

You need to provide these plants with 15-18 hours of darkness to let the plants grow optimally.

The best care conditions for these plants are watering every 2-3 weeks, 60-80°F temperature, and 50-60% humidity.

As these plants grow indoors during the holiday season, their light requirement is also fulfilled by all the artificial lights around.

Read on to learn more about Holiday Cacti Light Requirement

7. Zebra Haworthia

Zebra haworthia (Haworthiopsis attenuata) is one of the small low-light succulents with pointy leaves and zebra-like white stripes, perfectly suiting its name.

Zebra haworthia can sustain low light but grow better in bright, indirect light. However, if they are in bright light for a long time, they may have burned foliage.

For optimum growth, let these plants stay in bright but shaded light for about 4-6 hours a day.

Similarly, they will need watering every 2-3 weeks, 60-80°F temperature, and 40-50% humidity.

You need a high-intensity grow light for the better growth of Zebra haworthia.

Usually, Haworthias are fuss-free indoors if you offer the plants lots of light and water sparingly, especially in winter.

8. Bear Paw

Bear Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa) is a succulent true to its name, thanks to its hairy leaves and prominent tips on the end of them.

This interesting plant can fare well in low light conditions but prefer bright, shaded light. But, if you oversaturate them with light, their beautiful leaves will wither.

Bear Paw
Bear Paw has leaves that resemble a paw with sharp, pointy ends.

You must keep the plants in bright but filtered light for at least six hours daily for optimum results.

Water the bear paw when the soil feels dry to touch and provide a temperature of 65-85°F and dry humidity.

In low light conditions, grow lights will do wonders for the growth of this plant.

9. Ox Tongue Plant

The Ox Tongue Plant (Gasteria obliqua) has a unique name because its leaves are coarse and give a ‘tongue’s’ appearance.

Its leaves are dark green with little specks of white dots.

Although Ox Tongue plants grow the best in abundant sunlight, they may also survive low light if you take care of their other requirements.

You need to avoid the harshest mid-day sunlight if you do not want them to suffer from sunburns and associated damage.

The good news is that Ox Tongue Plant does not require much light to grow. The temperature should be around 60-80°F, and the humidity around 40%.

If you fulfill their light requirements, you may not need to use grow light for better growth.

10. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) is a common household plant that can shower you with medical benefits, including speed burn healing.

It has long leaves with pointy scales on their edges and beneficial pulp inside them.

Aloe Vera may seem like a plant that cannot do without sunlight, but you can also grow them in low-light areas.

However, you need to give them a minimum of 6 hours of bright but indirect light every day to let them grow efficiently.

Water these plants every three weeks and provide them with a temperature between 55-85°F and a humidity of around 40%.

Place an artificial grow light at least 6 inches above the plant to provide optimum light for their growth.

You may be interested to read about Aloe vera light requirement.

11. String of Pearls

The String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) is a plant with unique round leaves that will boost your house’s decorative charm.

It has long, thin stems that House several small round ‘balls-like’ leaves.

You can hang String of Pearls indoors without worrying about low light as they can grow in low light. But if you keep these plants in sunlight for more than 8 hours a day, they may succumb.

These plants do best when they get a few hours of morning light and a combination of direct and indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours daily.

Water these plants once every two weeks for better growth and provide them with a temperature of 60-70°F and a humidity of about 50%.

You can keep them under LED grow lights during low light conditions to provide them with the needed light.

12. Wax Plant

The Wax Plant (Hoya), also known as the porcelain plant, is a plant famous for its beautiful flowers.

It is a semi-woody plant with 2-3 inches-long oval leaves with little hairs.

These beautiful Wax Plants can survive in low light, but you may have to turn up the sunshine to see them bloom. They will tolerate nothing above medium light.

Wax Plant
The Wax Plant, also known as Hoya, is famous for its beautiful set of flowers.

You can keep them in direct sunlight for about two hours every morning and then keep them in low light for the day.

To let them grow optimally, water them every other week, and provide a temperature of 65-75°F and a humidity of about 50-70%.

You can also place them under artificial LED lights during low-light conditions. However, it is unlikely you will see them bloom then.

Read on to learn more about Wax Plant Varieties.

13. Ponytail Palm Tree

The Ponytail Palm Tree (Beaucarnea recurvata) is a shrub or tree belonging to the Asparagaceae family.

This palm has a tree-like structure with a thick, erect, upright growth habit.

If you have kept Ponytail Palm Tree as shrubs, they can survive low light conditions. However, the shrub form of these plants can die if the light is too much for it.

Even if these plants stay in indirect sunlight for more than 8 hours, they will face considerable damage.

Ponytail palm tree needs watering every 3-4 weeks, a temperature between 60-85°F, and low humidity.

You can experiment by placing the plant in morning sunlight for 2-3 hours and in grow lights for the rest of the day.

14. String of Bananas

With a unique set of leaves shaped like a banana, the String of Bananas (Senecio radicans) is a houseplant popular for its foliage.

Although the plant may survive in low light, the leaves may gradually lose their signature shape. Longer exposure to direct sunlight can kill this plant.

Place these plants in indirect, bright sunlight for about 6 hours daily. Moreover, water these plants every 2-3 weeks, providing a tropical temperature and humidity of about 50-60%.

In low light conditions, you can rely on artificial grow lights for the growth of the Sting of bananas.

15. Devil’s Backbone

Devil’s Backbone (Euphorbia tithymaloides) got its unique name from the pattern its stem makes when growing up.

The leaves of this plant are shaped like a lance that hosts green and white variegated alternate leaves.

Devil’s Backbone can fare well in low light conditions, but its stems will be etiolated towards the light surface. Besides, extreme light is far more dangerous than low light.

Place these plants in direct light for about 6 hours indoors for their proper growth.

During summer and spring, you need to water them every other week, and provide them a temperature and humidity of 60-70°F and 40-60%, respectively.

You can resort to artificial LED lights if you cannot fulfill the plant’s natural light requirement.

16. Foxtail Agave

Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) is a plant with a beautiful set of leaves and strange inflorescence that resemble a fox’s Tail.

As a plant that belongs to the deserts, Foxtail Agave needs full sun, but if kept indoors, it can also flourish in low light.

Foxtail Agave
Foxtail Agave is the only Succulent that has a cascading inflorescence.

These plants can survive direct sun exposure of about 6 hours. Anything more than that can burn their foliage.

As a drought-tolerant plant, foxtail agave needs occasional watering, a temperature of 60-85°F, and humidity ranging from 20-40%.

However, using grow lights can be a bad option for this plant as it may not fulfill the plant’s light requirement.

17. Lance Aloe

Lance Aloe (Aloe aristata) is one of the small low-light succulents with leaves shaped like a lance and white spots on them.

This plant is a sucker for full sun but can also grow in low light. However, its growth will slow down gradually.

For the proper growth of this plant, let it stay in full sun for about four hours daily.

Along with light, focus on watering it when the top half of the soil has dried out and provide a temperature of above 50°F and humidity of 40%.

If you combine and use grow lights and artificial lights for the plants, that would be the best.

18. Echeveria

Echeveria is a genus of succulents with beautiful leaves arranged in a rosette shape.

To maintain beauty, you must consider that the Echeveria needs a good amount of light.

If you grow the plants indoors, they can sustain themselves in a low-light environment.

Echeveria succulents throw a tall flower stalk under ample lighting conditions. 

During summer and spring, you need to water them every 7-10 days, keep the plants at a temperature between 40-90°F, and humidity between 40-60%.

In winter, when the temperature is low, and the light is scarce, use artificial grow lights to fulfill the plant’s light needs.

19. Happy Bean

Happy Bean (Peperomia ferreyrae) is a succulent with leaves that look like beans, hence the name.

It has a long set of leaves that are lime green in color.

Happy Beans can survive in a wide range of light conditions, from low to bright light with partial shade.

However, it cannot stand too much direct sunlight, which may burn the plant’s leaves. 1-2 hours of morning light will be perfect for these plants.

You must water it every week for ten days, providing a temperature and humidity of 65-75°F and 40-50%, respectively.

As this plant grows best in good sunlight, it might be a bad option to grow it under artificial lights.

20. Flaming Katy

Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is a plant famous for its beautiful multi-colored flowers.

Flaming Katy’s leaves are similar to those of the Jade plant; waxy and covered with hairs.

These plants need bright but indirect light to grow their best, but they can also hold their composure in low lights.

Flaming Katy
Flaming Katy is a low-light succulent that has very pretty blossoms.

You need to keep the plant in darkness for about 12 hours daily if you want them to bloom.

Water the plant when the top 50% of the soil is dry, and provide 65-75°F temperature and humidity of about 40%.

But beware, if you plan to keep these plants under grow lights, that will be a bad idea as the light from artificial lights is not enough for the plant.

21. Windowpane Plant

Windowpane plant (Haworthia turgida) is a succulent that may give you ‘artificial’ vibes due to its glossy, translucent leaves.

Although these plants may have difficulty growing in less light, they will still survive in low-light conditions. But, if the light is too much, they may succumb.

It would be best to keep them in bright but indirect sunlight for 6 hours daily.

Water the plant sparingly when the soil feels dry to the touch and provide a temperature of 50-75°F with a humidity of 35-45%.

Their translucent leaves can take some help from artificial lights during low-light weather.

22. Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) is a plant with beautiful flowers that resemble the Crown of Thorns Jesus wore, hence its name.

Its leaves can also turn the heads of plant enthusiasts with their thick, green appearance.

Due to their beautiful flowers, these plants require full sun for about 3 hours a day. If you keep them in low light, you may not see them.

Too much light may damage the beautiful leaves if you place the plant in direct sun for extended hours.

Let the top 50% of the potting mix or soil dry out completely before watering them again, and provide 65-75°F temperature and low humidity.

As a tropical plant, Crown of Thorns represents a perennial in Zone 10 or above. Gardeners provide these plants with light shade for the best growth.

I have a piece of good news! Crown of Thorns can also bloom in grow lights. Yes, you heard that right!

23. Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) is a tropical epiphyte with large frond-like leaves representing banana leaves.

These plants flourish in dappled, filtered light but survive indoors in low light. However, extreme direct sunlight can burn their leaves.

Bird’s nest fern’s light requirement doesn’t depend on the season; they require the same light conditions all year round.

It would be best if you provide them with water every two weeks, with a higher temperature of 70-90°F and a humidity of 30-50%.

If you grow them in low light, you may not be able to witness their crinkly leaves.

24. Scarlet Ball Cactus

The scarlet Ball Cactus (Brasilicactus haselbergii) is a cactus with a globe-like, beautiful body.

This cute cactus requires full but indirect sunlight and can perform well in low lights. But keep in mind that this plant hates direct sunlight.

Scarlet Ball Cactus
Scarlet Ball Cactus is a Succulent that can fare well even in low lights.

If your house has access to dappled sunlight, keep this plant in that location. It needs light to be able to bloom.

On average, it needs watering every week, a warm temperature, and little to no humidity at all.

If you keep your plant in grow lights as a supplement to natural light, you may not witness it bloom.

25. Jade Plant

Also known as the friendship plant, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) has thick round leaves that store water for this plant.

As this plant needs a good amount of light to thrive, keeping them in low light will limit its growth. But, they will survive nevertheless.

It needs four hours of bright but indirect sunlight to thrive to its full potential. More than 6 hours in bright, direct light can burn its foliage.

You need to water this plant every three weeks and provide a temperature between 50-75°F and 50% humidity.

Jade plants can grow well under full-spectrum artificial lights when the light is scarce.

Read more: Jade Plant Light Requirement

26. String of Hearts

The String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is a trailing stem with beautiful heart-shaped leaves.

To let the plant have elegant colors, keep them in bright but indirect light for most of the day. However, these plants can also grow in low lights.

Place the basket or pot of the string of hearts in indirect, bright sunlight for about 4 hours daily.

To water, let the soil dry out first and provide a temperature and humidity of 60-80°F and 40-50%, respectively.

If your String of Hearts is not getting enough light to grow, you can also resort to artificial lights.

27. Panda Plant

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) is a hardy succulent with leaves covered in small fine hairs.

These plants prefer medium to full sun but also fare well in indoor low-light conditions. The main problem is too much light which can kill their foliage.

Panda Plant
Panda Plant is a gardener’s favorite Succulent, thanks to its fuzzy leaves.

Panda Plants require at least 6 hours of bright but filtered sunlight for optimum growth.

Water these plants once every week and provide them with a temperature of 60-75°F and humidity of 40% or less.

As the plants prefer bright sunlight, they may not do so well under grow light, but you can still try with full spectrum ones.

Most Succulents may not have a problem with low-light, but they need a good amount of light to bloom.

Conclusion

Low-light indoor Succulents are always better if you want plants that do not live in too bright sunlight.

The Succulents mentioned above are also not so picky about their care needs. So it will be much easier for you to care about them.

May the light be shed upon you!

If you need other Succulents for landscaping, try Orange Succulents.

Happy Gardening!

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