Sometimes our indoor spaces arenít the best places to grow plants. Fortunately, there are a few houseplants out there that can live in low light conditions. Not only can these tough plants thrive with little sunlight, some will tolerate some neglect.

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
The cast iron plant is a native of Japan. Although commonly cultivated as a houseplant, the cast iron plant can survive outside in shady spots and is hardy in zones 7-11. It tolerates rooms with low, natural light. The leathery, tropical plant will tolerate dust, heat, some cold and drought. It can handle temperatures down to 28 degrees fahrenheit without foliage damage. If the plant is overwintering indoors, it can live in a garage or basement. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. The cast iron plant only requires fertilization every three to four months with a half strength all purpose houseplant fertilizer.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies are popular house warming and Easter gifts. They are native to the tropical regions of the Americas and South Eastern Asia. Peace lilies are very common houseplants because they are so easy to grow. They typically grow up to 16 inches tall and produced a white, bell like flower year round. Although all plants filter air, Peace lilies do it very well. In a NASA study, Peace Lilies effectively removed common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and carbon dioxide. They like shady, filtered light and survive well indoors in low light conditions. Peace lilies like their soil moist but not too wet. Fertilize the plant every six weeks during the winter.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
This plant is often referred to as Mother-In-Laws tongue. Although related they are in fact two different plants. . Mother-in-lawís tongue features a yellow border where as the snake plant has a green banded border. Regardless, they are among the toughest houseplants you can grow, The snake plant is tolerant of shade and sun and is very forgiving when you forget to water it. I recall on old college roommate who once left her snake plant in her parentís basement all summer, without watering it and is still survived! This plant is prized for itís tall, slick foliage and add architectural interests to a room. Place it in a corner or in a bathroom; it will do just fine. Feed with a mild cactus fertilizer during the growing season; do not fertilizer in the winter.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)
Who hasnít owned a spider plant at some point in their lives? Known for its rosettes of arching leaves and a profusion of hanging ìspidersî on long, trailing stems, the spider plant is very easy to grow. Itís tolerant of very low light conditions and will survive on infrequent waterings. When you do give it a little TLC, these tough as nails plants will spring back into shape over night. To propagate, simply snip one off the plantlets and place into a container of fast-draining, well-aerated potting mix and fertilize weekly during the summer. If the leaves start to brown, this indicates the plant is getting too much light. Move it to a shady spot in the house.
Golden Pothos Vine (Epipremnum pinnatum)
Pothos is another popular houseplant that is tough to kill. They like indirect, bright light, but will thrive in low-light conditions. In fact, when they are exposed to too much light, they will lose some of their distinctive marbling. The pothos vine is a prolific grower and it is easy to propagate. They prefer moist soils during the growing season. In the winter, reduce watering but do not let the plant dry out. Pothos propagate easily from cuttings. You can root out the cutting in water first or plant directly in potting soil. Fertilize regularly in the summer.
Button Fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)
Ferns are some of the oldest plants in the world, they have been thriving in the understories of trees for 300 million years. Although they do not require a lot of light, they can be fussy. For an indoor fern variety, the Button fern is a good choice. This variety of fern isnít as high maintenance as its siblings. This fern has small, round, leathery leaves with a slight sheen to them that grow along thin stems. Once the Button fern is established , the plant requires little. The key to success with all ferns is humidity. Mist them in the mornings and do not let their soil dry out. They will not tolerate dry conditions for long; their fronds will quickly turn brown, and they will begin to drop leaves. They like a steady supply of food; a slow-release pellet fertilizer is perfect for ferns.

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Itís considered good luck to give this hardy plant to a friend. Lucky bamboo is a popular houseplant for those with a pre-deposed ìblack thumbî. The tough stalks can survive in vases of pure water and in a wide variety of light conditions. Even a neglected lucky bamboo plant will live for a while before it finally succumbs. In general, Lucky bamboo prefers indirect, light. If itís exposed to too much light, the leaves will brown. If the bamboo is growing in water, keep the water level at least of couple of inches deep. The plant can be sensitive to chlorine in tap water, so itís best to allow the water to sit overnight to allow the chemicals to evaporate before adding it to the vase. You can grow lucky bamboo in potting soil. Keep the soil moist and make sure its dry between waterings. Fertilize the bamboo monthly with a diluted all-purpose fertilizer.