The following plants are perfect for environments that only receive about three hours of sunlight daily, they all can be placed indoors, on balconies or gardens.
Do you know what it actually means when someone at a plant shop or garden center is telling you that a certain plant likes the half shade?
Usually they are referring to a species that needs only about three hours of sun per day and is totally fine with indirect light for the rest of the day.
So if you think of a certain area in your home that you would like to brighten up by adding some plants to it, but are not sure if the lighting conditions are good enough for them to thrive, then check out the following list of nine species that are totally fine with a live far from the limelight:
1. Philodendron martianum
This plant has its home in the southeastern regions of Brazil and is outside the country little known yet, as species in general and even less as a house plant. But we were so charmed by this exotic beauty that we wanted to add it to our list, especially for the ones who are interested in exploring into unknown territory in their quest for the coolest house plants out there.
It is recommended to think about adopting this plant to your home only if you can provide warm temperatures in your living space all year round. But despite coming from a country with eternal sunshine, this species does not like direct sunlight. It is the ideal candidate for indoor areas and balconies that do not receive plenty of sun. Water it moderately only, leaving the soil slightly dry before giving water again.
2. Peace lily
Another candidate that does not stand to be exposed to direct sunlight too much as its leaves cannot withstand it and will burn, therefore it is a good choice for decorating indoor or outdoor environments that only receive very few hours of direct sun per day.
Originating in South Africa, it is cultivated in flower beds or potted. Thriving best in the shade, showing rich flowering in regions of altitude and mild climate.
4. Ponytail palm
The Ponytail palm, also known by its botanical name Beaucarnea recurvata, is native to the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosí in eastern Mexico. It is worth to say that it is a species that does not need as much care, since it is used to survive in extreme conditions. What can be damaging though is an excess of watering.
The Maranta is a genus of flowering plants native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies. This species likes soil with plenty of organic matter and well drained. Perfect for gardens and half-shaded environments. Important to mention is that it needs constant irrigation.
6. Dracaena reflexa
It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly colored, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems. Despite being a tropical plant, the Dracaena reflexa prefers indirect light or half shade. The soil needs to be well drained at any time.
7. Viper’s bowstring hemp
African-origin and commonly known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names, it blends with any style and place. Legend has it, that it brings protection to the home.
They are widespread across much of Latin America and the West Indies, and are characterized by flowers with a deeply cleft calyx. The amount of light needed depends on the color of its leaves. The darker they are, the more light is needed.
9. Zanzibar gem
The Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a tropical plant, which is native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa. Full sun really is not a thing for this species and it prefers shady places and indoor areas.