15 Shade Plants - Names and Photos

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At Ecologista Verde we want to answer the question about which plants need little sunlight? Surely you have a corner at home or in the garden that receives little direct light and that you want to turn into the new home for those shade plants how much do you like We can assure you that you already know many of them; What's more, you may already have planters with shade plants at home. However, we are going to expand your knowledge in botany and gardening with this extensive list of plants that need shade. Know their names, some of their characteristics and their appearance by seeing the information and photos of the shade plants that we show you.


Ferns are our best allies to give our home that exotic touch that not only brings beauty to the inside and outside of our home, but, in addition, it will provide moisture to the driest environments. In fact, we can place the ferns in the bedroom to reduce the dryness of the environment. In the case of Asplenium, it is a type of fern that prefers to always be in a shady place for their growth and development.

Here you can learn more Types of ferns and Care of ferns.


The astilbe plant, with its intense foliage and showy feathery flowers, is one of the semi-shadow plants most valued by designers of shady gardens. Although they need, in addition to low light, to be in a wet place And with constant watering, its perennial character makes astilbe one of the best options to give a touch of joy to the shady areas of your garden.


In addition to its ornamental value thanks to its exquisite flowers, the azalea is perfect to help us filter the air. There are many interior designers who recommend this plant of Asian origin as one of the best indoor shade plants to have at home.

Learn about the Azalea Plant: care and characteristics with this guide.


This plant needs a well-drained soil and a place in the shade, but not lacking in heat to promote flowering. In addition, they prefer airy places, which is why it is a very good idea to grow them in pots to decorate those less illuminated windows.

You can consult this guide to know the care of begonia.


Browallia is an annual shade plant that has star-shaped flowers in shades ranging from purple to white. This plant belonging to the Solanaceae family does not need much care, only a shady place where you receive the heat from the sun but not its light directly.

If you want to know more plants of this family, you can read this other article about Solanaceae: what they are and examples.


The calatea or Calathea is known for its ornamental value granted by its large intense green leaves and its orange flowers. It is perfect to fill any corner of your home with color. The calatea needs to be placed in a place where it does not receive sunlight, that this is very little, and with enough humidity. We recommend watering it always and regularly, by immersion to keep the substrate moist, but avoiding wetting its leaves.


The cove is one of the outdoor shade plants capable of adapting without problems to different environments as long as it is grown in a semi-shady area. Although it can also be kept at home due to its undemanding care, it is preferable to always keep its substrate moist to favor the growth of its spiky leaves and elegant white flowers.

You can consult the Care of the coves here.


Camellia is a shade plant, originally from East Asia and known for having a spectacular flowering. Its white, red or pink flowers are so defined that many compare them to wax flowers. In fact, one of its peculiarities is that even after detaching from the stems, they remain perfect for a long time. Hence, it is vital to maintain constant watering to ensure that the flowers fully open.

In this other post you can learn how to care for camellias.


This plant that blooms in winter is perfect for shady gardens. Its orange flowers will contrast with that icy environment to bring us the day. In addition, its dark green leaves are very resistant and showy.

Discover much more about these shade flowering plants in this other post on Clivia Care.


The spatifilo, lily of peace or cradle of Moses (Spathiphyllum) is one of the shade plants and little watering ideal for our work or study area. In addition to its striking green leaves and white flowers, it is also one of the best air purifiers.

This is one of the best indoor green plants, but here we show you many more.


Is semi-shadow plant It is perfect to place in the bedroom for its beautiful white flowers and its rich aroma similar to the perfume of jasmine. In addition to being able to be grown in pots, they can also be the star of our garden.

Learn about gardenia care in this other article.


Ideal to give your garden that romantic and colorful touch. Its impressive inflorescences need a shady place to grow strong. In addition, although many think so, their care is not so demanding, only in the case of wanting to achieve a specific color for their flowers. For this, we recommend the use of specific fertilizer for hydrangeas, used to correct the coloration without damaging the plant. Here you can learn more about How to change the color of hydrangeas.

If you like this famous plant and want to have it at home, do not hesitate to consult our guides on How to plant hydrangeas and Caring for hydrangeas.


Plants known as hostas are perfect for grow in the shade of trees and shrubs to give a touch of color to those areas in the shade of the gardens. The hosta has different shades of foliage that go from green to yellow, passing through bluish. However, this full shade plant often has snail pest problems so care must be taken.


Is climbing plant requires very little care and can be in the shade and indoorsHence, it is one of the favorites for those who are beginning to be interested in plant care. Like azalea, it is also used to improve air quality thanks to its ability to eliminate some toxic components from the environment. Even so, if you have pets, it is better to avoid having this plant within reach due to the toxicity of its leaves when ingested.


Sansevieria, also called mother-in-law's tongue or tiger's tongue, is an all-terrain plant capable of growing without difficulty as long as the sun does not fall on her In a direct way. Also, like other shade perennials, Sansevieria improves air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and other agents that are harmful to our health. Placing it in the bedroom or a common area, such as the living room, can be a great idea. Here you can learn more details about the Sansevieria trifasciata plant: care.

If you want to discover other shade plants, but which are also perfect to have indoors due to their size and their needs, don't miss this other article on Indoor plants that need little light.

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