Shade Plants: +15 Species You Need to Know

Shade plants are perfect for decorating indoors or environments that don’t have much light, as they can be grown without much exposure to sunlight. Therefore, these plants are perfect for apartments, houses, offices, shopping malls, among other buildings, which have reduced lighting conditions.

But if you want to add a little green to your home decor, you need to know better the options that are available in the market. After all, cacti and succulents are not the only plants that can be used for this purpose. That’s why we’ve prepared this article with 15 different species of famous shade plants, colorful and with flowers, to help you choose the ideal plant for your decoration.

Famous shade plants

There are several famous shade plants that can be used in decoration and in the next topics we will introduce you to some of them. It is worth remembering that the fern was left out of the list because we have already shared an article dedicated to this plant, which is one of the most used in the decoration of Brazilian homes.

Adam’s Rib (Delicious Monster)

The Adam’s rib became one of the most used shade plants in interior decoration. The aesthetic appeal of its wide and eye-catching leaves became a reference even for the production of illustrations and prints. But this tropical plant is also an excellent choice to decorate your living room, bedroom or other space in the house, whatever the region in which you live, as it adapts very well to hot, humid or cold cities with drier climates. .

In order to develop well, it only needs sun for half the day. In addition, it needs to be grown in soil with a lot of organic matter and that is always moist, so it is important to water this plant frequently. However, be careful when using the Adam’s rib in a space that is also shared by children and pets, as its leaves are toxic.

Image 1: The Adam’s rib is perfect to decorate your room.

Shade plants: rib of Adam.

Philodendron Brazil (Philodendron hederaceum)

Philodendron is another shade plant that is also very successful in decoration. This is a tropical plant with leaves of different shades of green that stand out for the intensity and contrast between the shades. It is ideal to be grown in pots and hanging baskets, being an excellent option to be accommodated on shelves and shelves, for example, as it has this trim that makes its look even more charming.

In addition, the Brazilian philodendron is a plant that does not require much maintenance, which can be grown in semi-shade or in diffused light, in a pot with fertile soil, enriched with organic matter and which must be constantly irrigated as it develops. Well in a more humid environment.

Image 2: The color and shape of the philodendron leaf stand out in the environment.

Shade plants: philodendron Brazil

Cycling (Clianthus bipartite)

Cycling is a lush shade plant that can be grown indoors. This species is native to the Amazon region and draws attention for its large and ornamental leaves, which can reach 1 m in length, and the plant can reach up to 2 m in height. Therefore, the cycling is indicated for those looking for a plant that will stand out in the decoration.

In addition, it can be grown either directly in the soil or in pots, with fertile soil, rich in organic matter, with layers of drainage and which must always be kept moist, because the cycling likes a well-soaked soil.

Image 3: This plant with a rustic and exuberant look makes any environment more beautiful.

Shade plants: cyclan.

Camedorea-elegant (Chamaedorea elegant)

If you are looking for a species with a charming look, which can be used to decorate a more modern or sophisticated environment, you need to invest in the elegant camedorea. This species, native to Mexico and Guatemala, is one of the types of palm trees that is successful in interior decoration due to its aesthetic appeal, its ease of maintenance and for being a shade plant. Therefore, it is widely used in the decoration of shopping malls, offices, living rooms, but it can also be used in the garden, balcony, among other outdoor environments.

In addition, the elegant camedorea needs to be grown in semi-shade or in diffused light, with the soil well-drained and rich in organic matter, which must be watered frequently. Remember that direct sunlight can burn the leaves. So be careful when exposing this plant to lighting.

Image 4: As its name implies, the elegant camedorea is great for places that need a touch of sophistication.

Shade plants: camedorea-elegant.

Zamioculca (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Zamioculca is one of the shade plants considered charming and has gained popularity because of its appearance, with dark green and shiny leaves, and its rusticity. This plant stands out for its resistance and low maintenance, as it can survive in places where other species would not survive because of reduced lighting and, therefore, it can be used in spaces with low light.

In addition, zamioculca is very suitable for people who are more careless and inattentive with the care of the plant, who forget to water the pot, for example. Therefore, it is widely used in the decoration of offices, stores, entrance halls, shopping malls, bedrooms, among other rooms. It is worth remembering that she also likes well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, constantly irrigated, and it can be grown both in semi-shade and in diffused light.

Image 5: The color and shape of the zamioculca make any decoration more beautiful and elegant.

Shade plants: zamioculca.

Colored Shade Plants

In addition to the famous shade plants, there are several species that can also be used in interior decoration and that are distinguished by having colorful leaves that stand out in the environment. Check out some of these plants below!


Calathea-ruby is a plant with a colorful, different and passionate appearance. This shade plant with a high ornamental value stands out for its leaves with a purplish underside and a pinkish stripes on the upper side. The result of this color combination creates a unique look that will draw attention to the decor.

In addition, this is one of the perfect species for those looking for shade plants, as the sun can fade the color of the foliage. Therefore, it needs to be grown in half shade and adapts well to low light environments. Remember that calathea-ruby also needs to be watered frequently, as the soil must be kept moist.

Image 6: The purple lines draw attention on the calathea-ruby leaves.

Shade plants: calathea-ruby.

Calateia Triostar (Stromanthe Thalia)

Another perfect option for those looking for colorful shade plants is the Triostar calateia, whose tropical foliage draws attention due to the variety of colors it presents, such as pink, white, green and wine. In addition, its leaves can reach 1.5 m in height and the best part is that it can be grown indoors, in half shade. To develop well, it is necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy, and on drier days it is important to spray water on the leaves as well.

Image 7: This variety of calateia has an elegant and sophisticated look due to the shape and color of the leaves.

Shade plants: kaleteia triostar


This is one of Interest’s favorite decor plants. After all, the philodendron-pink draws attention for its look that can be associated with modernity and luxury. The green and pink tones share space and form beautiful prints and designs on its leaves and, therefore, it ended up becoming very popular in interior decoration.

But be patient when looking for it in specialty stores. This is not a much commercialized plant, as it is a slow growing and developing vine. However, its look and impact on the decor are worth the wait. In addition, it is also a shade plant, which needs moist soil and should be watered at least twice a week.

Image 8: The pink leaves of the philodendron-pink make this plant an excellent decorative element.

Shade plants: philodendron pink.

Scratched Maranta ( Calathea ornata sanderiana )

The striped maranta stands out for its large, oval leaves that seem to have been painted with pink lines, leaving this plant with a unique look. As it is a plant originally from tropical forests, it cannot be exposed to the sun, as it prefers shady and humid environments. Therefore, this is another type of ornamental shade plant perfect for decorating your home. In addition, it must be grown in soil with organic material and good drainage, which must always be kept moist.

Image 9: The design of the maranta-scada leaves this plant with a unique look.

Shade plants: streaked maranta.

Cat-moustache Maranta (Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura)

But if you’re looking for a shade plant with an exotic and striking look, then you need to check out the cat’s moustache maranta. This species stands out for its distinctively designed leaf, with different shades of green and purple lines. In addition, the underside of the leaf is also purple, making the plant look beautiful and perfect to stand out in your home decor.

The cat-moustache maranta also enjoys a humid tropical climate and a shady environment. It reaches a maximum of 20 cm in height, which means it can be the ideal plant to accommodate on shelves, small tables or window frames. Remember that, for this species to have a good development, it is important that it is exposed to abundant light in the early hours of the day.

Image 10: The maranta-moustache-de-cat leaves also have an exotic and colorful design that will stand out in your home.

Leaves of the cat's moustache maranta.

Shade plants with flowers

However, if you are looking for shade plants with flowers, you need to check out the selection below, which contains flowering species to beautify your home.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

The peace lily is perfect for those looking for shade plants with flowers to use in decoration and, therefore, it is widely used by those who want to add a little green and delicacy to their home. It is native to South America and stands out for its bright green leaves and white flowers and bracts. Because it is so important, we share an article entirely dedicated to the peace lily, with information about the cultivation, specific care and ways to introduce this plant in your home decor.

Image 11: The delicacy of the peace lily transforms any space.

Peace lily vase.

Anthodium (Anthodium andraeanum)

Some people call the anthodium the red peace lily. However, despite the similar appearance, this species is very different from the plant we presented you earlier. Anthodium is native to Colombia and is widely used in landscaping, especially in poorly lit areas. In addition, it is also used in interior decoration, as it is a shade plant that adapts well to indoor environments and requires little maintenance.

And despite being known for its red bract, a modified leaf that is confused with the flower, this plant can also be found in pink, salmon, chocolate, green and white versions. It is worth remembering that anthodium is very humid, which means that it needs to be watered frequently, and that it needs to be cultivated in semi-shade, in a soil with a substrate rich in organic matter.

Image 12: The reddish color of the anthodium makes this plant stand out in the environment.

Red flowers of anthurium.


This is one of the most popular shade plants with flowers in interior decoration, mainly due to its beauty, elegance and variety. After all, there are thousands of orchid species cataloged in the world, which demonstrates that there are several possibilities of different colors, sizes and care methods.

Its aesthetic and delicate appeal is so great that today there are specialized greenhouses and thousands of orchid collectors spread across the planet. The best part is that orchids are perfect to be used in indoor decoration, as it grows well in semi-shade or in diffused light. So, look for the species with the appearance that you like the most and throw yourself into the cultivation of this elegant plant!

Image 13: Orchids are delicate and elegant plants, perfect to be used in the decoration of more sophisticated spaces.

Different types of orchids.

Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

Violet is one of the most beloved and affordable flowering shade plants you will find. It is widely used because of its rustic shape, its easy cultivation and the delicacy of its flowers. In addition, it can be found in different varieties, which differ due to the color of the flower, which can be white, pink, salmon and violet, which is the most famous.

In addition, it should also be grown in semi-shade, in a pot with drained soil rich in organic matter, which should be watered regularly.

Image 14: Violets enchant for their rustic and colorful look.

Table setting with violets.

Begonia (Begonia elation)

This is one of the most traded species on the market, due to its intense color and symbolism, which is associated with fidelity and warmth. Therefore, this species is widely used as a gift and in interior decoration. In addition, its showy flowers, which look like roses, draw attention and can be found in different combinations, with white, pink, yellow, salmon and red.

The best part is that the begonia adapts well to protected environments, as it does not tolerate strong sun, heavy rain or large variations in temperature. However, it is important to leave your vase in an environment with diffused light, such as near windows.

Image 15: The flowers of begonias stand out for their shape, which resembles a rose, and for their beauty.

Begonia flowers.

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