The best low light office plants

Decorating your office with plants is a great way to liven up your work space and they are a great mood booster.

Let’s take a look at a couple things to consider before selecting plants.

Once you have cleared it with the “Boss” and want to start looking into some good low light plants for your office,

here are some common favorites:

Aglaonema: As shown in picture.  These plants are from tropical Asia and Africa.  They are popular houseplants and ornamental plants for offices and shopping malls because they are among the easiest houseplants to grow.  There are many different cultivars with different leaf varigation patterns.  They tolerate a wide range of light, as well as neglect, and are relatively resistant to pests. Aglaonema flourish for years.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria): Known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue and Snake Tongue (for being sharp and for their long shape) these plants are hardy and pleasant to look at. They have strong leaf color contrast, grow to 2-3ft tall under ideal conditions, and in a pinch can be used in incantations to protect yourself from being bewitched. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue is also one of the top plants you can select for removing pollutants from your environment.

Aspidistra:  Aspidistra is a popular foliage plant, grown as a landscape plant in shaded spots in areas with mild winters, or as a houseplant elsewhere. They are grown for their ability to survive neglect and very shady conditions, indoors and out.  In Japan, leaves of this species have traditionally been cut into pieces and used in Bento boxes to keep each food separated. 

Aptly named ‘cast-iron plant’ for its seeming ability to last forever in the most adverse conditions, the humble Aspidistra elatior is a staple of the shade garden. It has wide, evergreen leaves that rise up from tough, rhizomatous roots. The aspect of cast-iron plant is decidedly vertical. Some types of aspidistra are variegated with creamy streaks or dots; some are shorter than the species.

Neanthe Bella Palm (Chamaedorea elegans):  Often referred to as the Parlor Palm, Table Palm and Good Luck Palm, this plant is one of the better palms for use indoors.  It loves lower light and manages to survive missed watering if not left too long.

A neanthe bella palm is an easy-to-care-for miniature palm tree that is native to Guatemala and Mexico. This slow-growing plant is used as a decorative indoor accent for offices and homes and is often small enough to fit onto table tops.

 Conclusion:  The small sample of plants listed above can get you started. Once you’ve read up on plant care and picked some shade-friendly plants you’re interested in, call “Austin’s Favorite Plant Care Specialist” at 512-266-1499 and explain what you’re looking for. We’ll be more than helpful in finding you the right plants to thrive in your office.