The 15 Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom

Kasey Spencer
The 15 Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom

With over 13 years of gardening tucked under my belt and numerous blog posts shared with our vibrant community, I’ve cultivated a space where we celebrate the simple joys of bringing nature indoors. Today, we’re focusing on an often-overlooked space for our leafy friends: the bathroom.

Why the bathroom, you ask? It turns out, that this space in our homes offers a unique environment in which certain plants thrive. From the steam of your morning shower creating a jungle-like humidity to the often indirect light filtering through frosted windows, bathrooms can provide an ideal setting for specific houseplants.

These plants aren’t just chosen for their resilience or love for humidity; they’re also air purifiers, mood enhancers, and stunning visual additions to your space. In the following guide, we’ll explore each of these plants in detail and explain why they’re a perfect match for your bathroom.

Top Best Houseplants for Your Bathroom

But not just any plant can handle the warm and moist conditions here. That’s why I’ve handpicked a selection of the 15 best houseplants that can thrive in your bathroom and transform into a refreshing retreat.

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plant in the bathroom

Spider plants are resilient and thrive in indirect sunlight, making them perfect for bathrooms with small windows. They prefer well-draining soil and occasional watering, allowing their soil to dry out between waterings. Their ability to purify air and remove toxins like formaldehyde makes them an excellent addition to a bathroom environment.

2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

peace lily
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Peace Lilies are ideal for bathrooms due to their preference for low light and high humidity. They help in purifying the air by removing harmful toxins. Water them when the soil feels dry to the touch, and they’ll reward you with beautiful white blooms, adding elegance to your bathroom.

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3. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Fern for bathrooms

Boston Ferns thrive in the high humidity and indirect light typical of bathrooms. They’re known for their lush, green fronds which add a touch of wilderness. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide regular misting to keep them thriving.

4. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)

Aloe vera.
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Aloe Vera loves the warm and steamy conditions of a bathroom. This succulent needs minimal water (allow soil to dry between waterings) and enjoys indirect light. It’s not only decorative but also functional, providing aloe gel for skin care.

5. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake Plant
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The Snake Plant is nearly indestructible and can thrive on neglect, making it perfect for a bathroom setting. It prefers dry conditions and occasional watering. Its air-purifying qualities help remove toxins, improving the bathroom’s air quality.

6. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

pothos plant
Philodendron Scandens Brasil plant in a ceramic flowerpot on the windowsill at home.

Pothos is a hardy vine with heart-shaped leaves that thrive in low-light conditions and can tolerate occasional overwatering, making it suitable for a bathroom environment. It’s an effective air purifier, and its trailing vines can add a dramatic touch to shelves or hanging baskets.

7. Philodendron

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Philodendrons are easy to care for, requiring only moderate water and indirect light, making them perfect for bathroom cultivation. Their lush, green leaves bring a vibrant touch of nature indoors, and they are known for their air-purifying abilities.

8. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant
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The ZZ Plant is drought-tolerant and thrives in low-light conditions, making it ideal for bathrooms. Its glossy leaves can brighten up the space, and it requires minimal care, making it perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

9. Orchids (Orchidaceae)

Pink orchid
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Orchids flourish in the warm, humid conditions of a bathroom, mimicking their native tropical environment. They require indirect light and sparse watering, making them a luxurious addition that brings elegance and a splash of color.

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10. Bamboo (Bambusoideae)

Bamboo houseplant

Bamboo can grow in low light and loves the humid conditions of a bathroom. It can be grown in water, making it exceptionally low maintenance. Bamboo brings a sense of calm and growth, adding a Zen-like quality to your bathroom.

11. Calathea

Calathea orbifolia plant
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Calatheas are known for their striking leaf patterns and thrive in the moist, warm conditions of a bathroom. They prefer indirect light and regular misting, making them perfect for adding a bold, decorative touch to their unique foliage.

12. Ivy (Hedera)

Ivy (Hedera)
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Ivy plants enjoy the high humidity of bathrooms and can thrive with minimal care. They prefer moderate to low indirect light and evenly moist soil. Their trailing vines can add a touch of elegance, draping gracefully over shelves or hanging baskets.

13. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is ideal for the bathroom environment due to its tolerance of low light and need for only occasional watering. It’s known for its air-purifying qualities and can add a splash of color with its variegated leaves.

14. Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air Plants

Air Plants are unique in that they don’t require soil, making them extremely versatile for placement. They thrive in bright, indirect light and high humidity, absorbing moisture from the air, perfect for a bathroom setting.

15. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior

The Cast Iron Plant is tough and can survive in low light and high humidity, making it suitable for bathrooms. It requires minimal care, with only occasional watering needed, and adds a lush, green presence that enhances the natural feel of the space.

Including these plants in your bathroom can transform it into a refreshing, green oasis that purifies the air and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the space.

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