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INDOOR PERFORMANCE OF SHADE VERSUS SUN FOLIAGE PLANTS
Number of Months of Attractive Live
At Various Indoor Light Intensities
Plant Name
15-25 ft-c
25-50 ft-c
50-75 ft-c
75-100 ft-c

Shade Plants (lowest light tolerant)

Chinese Evergreen
12
36
36
-
Cast Iron Plant
12
-
-
-
Aucuba
12
-
36
36
Dumbcane
12
-
26
38
Janet Craig Dracaena
30
36
36
38
Sander's Dracaena
12
-
-
-
Heart-Leaf Philodendron
12
24
-
-
Mother-in-Law's Tongue
12
-
-
-
Syngonium, Arrowhead Ivy
12
-
--
38

Shade Plants (moderate light tolerant)

Norfolk Island Pine
-
36
36
38
Schefflera, Umbrella Plant
-
30
36
38
Anthurium
-
12
-
-
Spider Plant
-
30
-
36
Kentia Palm
-
12
-
-
Boston Fern
-
12
-
-
Peperomia
-
12
-
-
Aluminum Plant
-
12
-
-
Variegated Dumbcanes
-
12
-
-

Sun Plants

Weeping Fig
-
-
-
12
Rubber Plant
-
-
-
12
Grape Ivy
-
-
-
12
English Ivy
-
-
-
12
Fatshedera
-
-
-
12
(from: G. Thames and M.R. Harrison. 1966. Foliage Plants for Interiors. Bulletin 327-A, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ)