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Do you have a plant in your bathroom? Regardless of whether your bathroom space is large or small, as long as you have some degree of natural light in it, a well chosen and strategically placed pot plant can improve the appeal of any bathroom. Adding a bit of greenery can also help purify the air from many household toxins, not to mention lift your spirits. So, what are you waiting for? Many plants are perfect for the warm, humid atmosphere of a shower room or bathroom – think tropical rain forest and you’ll understand why. They include the obvious choices such as ferns, bamboos and orchids, but don’t forget the aloe vera, spider plant, peace lily, aspidistra, fig tree and snake plant. Confused? No need. Here are the 10 best plants for your bathroom in a little more detail.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant aka ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ or ‘St George’s sword’ needs little light and water to thrive, making it one of the lowest maintenance plants you can have. It’s a structural looking plant with great air purification properties. Snake plants do bear flowers and are often used as ornamental plants to brighten up dull corners.

Aloe Vera

This well known succulent is a great choice for a sunny window but it can burn under direct sunlight, so seek out a sheltered bathroom spot. It doesn’t require much water; the humid bathroom atmosphere should be ample. Best of all, aloe is a natural healer for cuts and abrasions. Rinse the injury under cold water, then break off an aloe leaf and spread the gel onto the skin for an instant cooling effect.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Also known as ‘airplace plant’, this flowering perennial grows to about 60cm high and is very easy to care for. It’s probably one of the most popular houseplants around. It has long narrow leaves and produces new buds quickly that can be repotted and it’s a great air cleanser too. Spider plants need a medium level of light and watering once or twice a week.

Bamboo (Bambuseae)

Add a touch of Zen to your bathroom. Bamboo stalks look architectural and can grow with very little light or soil. Place them in a container with some pebbles and water and watch them root. Bamboos are among the fastest growing plants in the world, so if you get a potted bamboo plant, beware!

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

A favourite through the years, this hardy plant can handle most treatments – overwatering, extreme temperatures, even complete neglect. It’s very happy with low level lighting and you can leave the soil to dry before watering.

Orchids (Orchidaceae)

Orchids are among the largest families of flowering plants; there’s more than 20,000 species, and they’re all drop dead gorgeous. As you would expect, they like warm and humid environments and will do best on the bathroom windowsill with indirect sunlight.


Naturally shady plants that grow in the high humidity conditions of tropical forests, ferns are another perfect bathroom plant. Stick a low maintenance fern on the shelf behind the bath or in a corner, and simply enjoy.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Great for filtering impurities from the air and extremely low maintenance, peace lilies are well loved house plants for use in bathrooms. If you want it to flower, the trick is to keep the soil moist and the light low.

Dragon Plant (Dracaena)

Another tropical plant that likes humid conditions, the dragon plant won’t look lush and green if the atmosphere it too dry or draughty. That said, it’s an easy-to-care-for plant that doesn’t require any special treatment.

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

With lush foliage, cascading branches and glossy leaves, the weeping fig is a good choice for a bright bathroom with indirect sunshine. It’s an attractive, small indoor tree that doesn’t need much maintenance and thrives pretty much anywhere.

By Mike James,

An independent content writer working together with luxury design specialist
The Brighton Bathroom Company

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