7 Humidity-Loving Plants for Your Bathroom

Updated: Jul. 21, 2023

Take advantage of your bathroom’s moisture. These houseplants love steamy showers.

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Bathroom Plants To Brighten Your Space

Houseplants bring a little nature to any room of the house, and the bathroom is no exception. Some plants even prefer the humid environment of a bathroom, but many others need dry air to thrive. Keep moisture in mind when arranging your plants to be rewarded with a lush indoor garden. Here are some of the best bathroom plants.

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Asparagus Fern

Ferns are famous for their love of humidity. Jordan Collins, gardening expert and home improvement professional at Two Lions 11, says that an asparagus fern “does well in both moderate and bright light, so you can safely position it near a window.” These leafy beauties are an easy way to fill up a windowsill; they grow two feet tall and six feet wide. Keep in mind that they are not a pet-safe plant.

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Golden Pothos

Golden pothos, better known as devil’s ivy, is a gorgeous trailing plant. Collins says its green and yellow leaves turn brown in dry air, so the bathroom is an ideal home for this tropical plant. Devil’s ivy prefers indirect light and should be watered weekly or bi-weekly. It’s a lovely hanging plant for bathroom corners.

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Snake Plant

The always-trendy snake plant thrives in indirect light and humidity, making it one of the best bathroom plants. It doesn’t need to be watered often; Collins recommends watering from the bottom of the pot once the soil is completely dry. It will need less water in the winter. It grows more in height than in width, so it’s a great choice for small spaces.

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Monstera Deliciosa

“You’ll be able to recognize this plant even if you’re not a plant expert,” says Collins. “Its distinctive leaves make it a top choice for homeowners looking to add some beauty to their bathroom space.”

Monstera plants, also called Swiss cheese plants, like bright indirect light, but they can handle low light. Growing a monstera plant in low light will slow its growth, but it can also prevent those photogenic leaf holes.

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Begonias are a cheerful bathroom plant. They come in many different colors and patterns, such as the spotted leaves shown above. Begonias are often recommended as a shade plant, but some variations like bright, direct sun. You’re sure to find something for your bathroom. “Don’t let the soil dry out completely, but don’t overwater,” says Collins. Begonias do best in moist, not soggy, soil.

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Cast-Iron Plant

The cast-iron plant is hard to kill, even for people with brown thumbs. “It loves growing in a shady area and requires a well-drained, peaty potting mix,” says Collins. “It’s very drought resistant and only requires watering once a week.” Cast-iron plants have long, slender leaves that stand out against white or cream pots.

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Aglaonema, or Chinese evergreen, is a decorative plant often kept indoors. They are a popular office plant and a beautiful décor element, particularly those with bright splashes of pink.

North Carolina State Extension recommends Aglaonema for low light situations, so if you only have a small window, this is the bathroom plant for you. Although rare when grown indoors, this plant can produce delicate white and green flowers.