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Best Plants for the Bathroom

If your budget can only afford one truly luxurious upgrade: Why not transform your bathroom into a tropical paradise.  Low light bathrooms with small or frosted windows pose no problems for many of these houseplants. And the high humidity in an average bathroom makes it the perfect environment for many tropical varieties. Not only that, but houseplants are nature’s air purifiers—so this is one upgrade that pays dividends and looks great at the same time.


Snake Plant

Sansevieria, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” is one of the most low-maintenance plants you can grow, which makes it the perfect choice for a bathroom. I have grown this in the lowest light situations and it grows wonderfully. Also this plant filters out formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues—and even some cosmetics.I grew this outside in my patio…spreads fast in the outdoor soil.


Spider Plant

This hardworking houseplant prefers medium light to work its magic—that is, removing impurities like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air. Water it once or twice a week, and you’ll be rewarded with new buds that you can repot or gift to friends. These are so pretty when hanging in front of a window. It is so pretty with the shoots hanging down from the plant.



This most Zen-like plant can grow in almost any light—even without any soil! Just place your bamboo to root in a container filled with a few inches of pebbles, then fill halfway with water, re-watering occasionally. If you’re feeling fancy, spend a few more bucks for the variety with twisted stalks.


Cast Iron Plant

Popularized in the Victorian era, there’s still a lot to love about the so-called cast iron plant, or aspidistra. For one, it’s super hardy and can tolerate neglect, over-watering, and extreme temperatures. For best results, let the soil of this shade-loving plant dry between waterings. Just the name lets you know it is a sturdy plant.



Dragon plants come in a few varieties, but all of them are at risk of brown and dry leaf tips in low-humidity households. That’s just one reason to consider this tropical plant for your bath. The natural humidity of the bathroom will keep it—and your space—looking fresh and flawless.



Some gardeners find orchids a bit finicky but in the right environment, they can flourish. Set yours on a bathroom windowsill. The indirect sunlight will nourish the plant while the high humidity mirrors the environment where orchids naturally bloom.



Ferns naturally grow in the filtered light and high humidity conditions of tropical forests. Luckily, the average bathroom can simulate this environment perfectly. Situate a low-maintenance fern in a corner of your bathroom and enjoy!



If given the opportunity, ivy can climb and scale walls, trellises, or, in this case, the metal pipes framing a tub. Hang it high by the window to save space and let sunlight filter through the leaves.


Peace Lily

Peace lilies are wonderfully low-maintenance and filter household impurities from the air. Want to make sure it flowers? Keep sunlight minimal and the soil moist.


Aloe Vera

This succulent is a perfect choice for a sunny bathroom window. Not only does it bring life to the room, it also doubles as a medicine cabinet unto itself. After washing a cut or burn at the sink, split open an aloe leaf and apply the gel to your skin; it helps heal abrasions naturally.

I grow the Aloe Vera outside in the shade. I do live in the desert and it thrives in filtered light.

I hope you found this article useful…I love all Bob Villas ideas.



66 thoughts on “Best Plants for the Bathroom

  1. Love the plants. The plant you called a snake plant we call it mother in law’s tongue around here, easy to grow. I had a huge spider plant that I forgot about last fall and the first hard frost we had killed it, I had that plant for about 20 yrs. During the winter I always kept it in the bathroom. The light and humidity was perfect in there, guess I will buy a new plant, but it will take years to get it the size mine was when I killed it.

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    1. Hi, I can’t answer that one! I am terrible with ferns. They are so pretty and graceful. Ferns like humidity. I remember hearing your supposed to mist with water to create humidity. Good luck honey.

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      1. Thank you, Sweetie 🤗 I need it! Right now this poor plant is holding on to dear life 😄I moved it and will try misting it. I’m not ready to give up on it…I love them too, and there’s still some life in it 😊
        I reblogged your post…I’m sure there’s more people out there that can use your advice 🤓


  2. This is an interesting post as I just remodeled my bathroom. Right now, I have a Christmas cactus in a place of prominence, but I’m uncertain if it’s getting enough light so I may review this list if I decided to replace this plant with something else.

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    1. Oh, I love the Christmas Cactus! So beautiful. They don’t need alot of water. I hope it does well. I am so glad you liked this article. Thesnake plant is the easiest I have ever grown. I had one in my sons bathroom. I would forget about it…and it still grew great. Slow growers in pots. Spreads out like crazy in the ground.

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      1. Luckily no snakes as yet have made into our backyard but I did find a Goanna. Scared the living daylights out of me. I did grow up in the country and did see a few dugites and brown snake. Nasty ones those.
        I don’t get how the name was given either. Weird connection there.

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