Cold Tolerant Houseplants You Could Grow

Cold-weather indoor plants can be difficult to find. This is because most indoor plants cannot survive extremely low temperatures.

Whether it’s a cold bedroom or a cold balcony. There are some hardy indoor house plants that can survive cold temperatures. Here is a list of the hardest indoor plants that can tolerate a cold harsh temperature.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Botanical Name Zamioculcas zamiifolia 
Common Names Zz plant
Origin East Africa, South Africa
Family Araceae
Plant Type Tropical Perennial Flowering plant 

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is one of the few indoor plants that can withstand heat and cold temperatures. It is a tropical perennial plant native to East and South Africa. It is known for having green oval-shaped, shiny leaves.

The ZZ plant’s cold tolerance is high and this makes it an easy plant to grow in the winter. It is however toxic so you should be careful when growing the plant around kids and other pets in the house. They require partial sunlight and well-draining soil with moderate watering.

Ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata
Botanical Name Ficus lyrata 
Common Names Fiddle leaf fig 
Origin West Africa
Family Moracea
Plant Type Tropical perennial flowering plant 

The Fiddle leaf fig plant is one of the large hardy indoor plants you should grow indoors this winter.  This is because the fiddle leaf fig also acts as an air purifying plant, getting the air rid of harmful toxins.  They feature large, violin-shaped leaves that carry lots of veins.

Ficus lyrata can grow in areas of cold temperature, but they need humid conditions. Ensure you mist your plant often. Provide enough access to direct sunlight. However,  be sure to introduce shade to avoid damaging the leaves. Watering should be kept at moderate frequency.

Aspidistra elatior

Aspidistra elatior
Plant World London
Botanical Name Aspidistra elatior
Common Names Cast Iron Plant 
Origin Taiwan and Japan 
Family Asparagaceae
Plant Type Evergreen flowering plant 

Aspidistra elatior also known as Cast Iron plant. Is one of the hardiest houseplants you will ever come across. It is almost indestructible. Its long-stiff lemon green leaves can withstand tough climates.

The Cast Iron plant also produces flowers that take up the color lilac. They are easy to grow and require partial sunlight or shade. Plant them in rich, well-draining soil that is kept moist with frequent watering.

Dracaena trifasciata

Dracaena trifasciata
Botanical Name Dracaena trifasciata
Common Names Snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue
Origin West Africa 
Family Asparagaceae
Plant Type Tropical flowering plant 

Hardy plants like the snake plant are perfect examples of plants that survive the winter. This is because the snake plant’s cold tolerance is high. The leaves of the snake plant are large and broad. They feature striped lemon green variegations that are stunning when indoors.

Snake plants are easy to grow and care for. They can survive high levels of neglect but would need you to grow them in areas of full sunlight. The soil should be rich, moist, and well-draining. Watering snake plants should be kept between minimal to moderate levels.

Adiantum Spp.

Maidenhair fern 
Botanical Name Adiantum Spp. 
Common Names Maidenhair fern 
Origin South America 
Family Pteridaceae
Plant Type Evergreen, perennial plant 

Adiantums or Maidenhair are excellent indoor plants that tolerate low light conditions. They are known for their dark repen fronds with lace-like appearance and hardy nature. These low-light tolerant plants are perfect for small indoor spaces. This is due to their small size.

Maidenhair ferns are easy plants to grow and cater for. It pays to grow them in areas of partial sunlight or areas of full shade. They would need you to water them every day to keep the plant moist.

Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata
Botanical Name Crassula ovata 
Common Names Jade plant, Money plant 
Origin South Africa and Mozambique 
Family Crassulaceae
Plant Type Evergreen Succulent plant 

The Jade plant or Crassula ovata is a popular succulent plant that is known to do well in both hot and chill rooms. Jade plants feature short fleshy leaves that are wavy and almost rubber-like. They are carried by short thick woody stems that are brown in color.

Grow the Crassula Ovata plant in an area with access to bright but indirect sunlight. They can survive accidental neglect as theirs. Keep their watering levels minimal.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera
Botanical Name Aloe vera
Common Names Aloe vera
Origin Arabian Peninsula 
Family Asphodelaceae
Plant Type Tropical succulent plant

Aloe veras are one of the most versatile houseplants in existence. They have a wide range of uses and importance to people. Aloes make great ornamental plants. This is due to their fleshy, succulent dark green foliage that is jagged at the edges.

It helps to grow your Aloe vera plant in a room that is humid and has a high temperature. However, Aloe vera also has a high tolerance for cool environments. This makes them great plants that grow in the cold. They are easy to grow, with partial sunlight and regular watering.


Swiss Cheese plant 
Botanical Name Monstera Spp
Common Names Swiss Cheese plant 
Origin South Mexico and Panama 
Family Araceae 
Plant Type Tropical, Evergreen flowering plant 

Monstera is another example of a cool-looking indoor plant. They also act as air purifiers for ridding the air of harmful toxins. Members of the Monstera genus.  They are known for their large fenestrations which are often unique and variegated.

The Swiss cheese plant grows well in areas with low humidity and low temperature. This makes them excellent plants for cold regions. Grow them in areas with indirect or partial sunlight. They require lots of fertilizer to stay strong.


White Flower Farm
Botanical Name Philodendron
Common Names Philodendron
Origin Columbia, Venezuela and Caribbean
Family Araceae
Plant Type Evergreen flowering plants 

The Philodendron plant belongs to a large genus with over 400 different species. They are known for their deep green large leaves which take on different patterns and shapes. These leaves are shiny or glossy and often take the shape of a heart.

Philodendrons can be grown almost anywhere as they are hardy and ca n survive areas with excess cold. Grow them in loam soil that is well-draining. Provide sufficient exposure to bright but indirect sunlight and moderate watering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much cold can snake plants tolerate?

Snake plants are hardy plants that can survive cold temperatures as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What are the most durable house plants?

The two most durable house plants are the Snake plant and the Spider plant.

What plants do well in dark rooms?

Some of the best plants that can grow under extremely low light include the snake plant, the Philodendron, and the Maidenhair Fern.

How cold is too cold for houseplants?

For most house plants, temperature levels that are lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit are often classified as being too low for them.

What is the most resilient plant in the world?

The Purple Saxifrage is regarded as the most resilient or hardiest plant in the world.

Marijke Puts
About Marijke Puts
Marijke Puts has Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and is from The Netherlands. She has a certified master gardener and loves everything about houseplants and gardening.

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