3 Plants that Work for Indoor Wall Sconces

Wall sconces can add a beautiful touch to office spaces, hallways and other indoor public areas. However, it can be difficult to find plants that are ideal for growth in wall sconces.

In order for a plant to thrive in a wall sconce, it must thrive on indirect or florescent lighting and require fairly minimal care. It is not ideal to constantly need to remove the wall sconce for watering or insect control. Here are three plants that work well for wall sconce displays.

1) Pothos


Pothos 'Marble Queen'

Pothos ‘Marble Queen’

A Pothos plant, scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, is an excellent choice for a wall sconce. This flowering plant will grow in very low light or indirect light, but not direct sunlight. The trailing habit of pothos makes it ideal for display in a wall sconce. It will flow over the top and down the wall adding green foliage to the environment. Pothos can also thrive in very moist or very dry environments, making care very simple.  The plant is listed as toxic to cats and dogs. It will cause irritation to the stomach when large quantities are ingested. And, to those who are more sensitive, the plant’s sap can even cause skin irritation. If there will be many children or pets present in the area you will install the wall sconce, you may want to avoid using pothos. While the toxicity is a negative, pothos is well known for improving air quality. This makes it an excellent choice for an office space.

2) Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf philodendron

Heartleaf philodendron

The heartleaf philodendron, scientifically known as Philodendron hederaceum, is similar to the pothos plant in that is has long trailing stems with green foliage. The stems can trail up to four feet and can be pinched for a smaller bushier looking plant. Like a pothos plant, it will cascade beautifully from a wall sconce. It will also work well in an indoor environment because it can tolerate low light and temperatures around 65-70 F. While heartleaf philodendron prefer humidity, it can also tolerate drier air, which is common in office spaces that use central heating or air conditioning for temperature regulation. The plant will thrive in a small pot and can withstand some neglect when it comes to watering.  Heartleaf philodendron adds a lovely heart shaped foliage to any arrangement intended for a wall space and is ideal for places where minimal care is necessary.

3) Ferns

Button fern

Button fern

Ferns such as the asperagus ferns (not a true fern) or button ferns also grow well with little care. Ferns, depending on the variety, may require more bright light than the pothos or heartleaf philodendron so these plants should be placed with consideration to location. Nearby sunny windows should provide adequate light for the ferns to survive. However, make sure they are not overexposed to direct sunlight. A button fern simply need to be well watered and then allowed to dry between waterings. The asparagus fern requires a little more attention because it prefers humidity and can benefit from regular misting. However, the extra attention will be rewarded with beautiful trailing foliage with fine needle like leaves. The button fern will grow to be about a foot tall, also with bright green foliage.

A wall sconce may be a bit more difficult to plan and care for in interiorscapes, but the unique look will be worth the extra effort. Pothos, heartleaf philidendron, and ferns are three of the easiest to care for, rewarding plants that can thrive in indoor environments.  Their green foliage can brighten any client’s indoor atmosphere, refresh the air, and add character to the decor.


Do you have any plants that you prefer to plant in wall sconces or hanging planters?


Pothos ‘Marble Queen’ photo by ProBuild Garden Center via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3301019683/
Heartleaf philodendron photo by Mauricio Mercadante via https://www.flickr.com/photos/mercadanteweb/6857953527/
Button fern photo by Kate Dollarhyde via https://www.flickr.com/photos/katedollarhyde/5066701684/

Melanie is a plant enthusiast and expert contributor at Bromeliads.info and OrchidPlantCare.info. Melanie's experience in internet marketing, business management, and horticulture allows her to bring a unique perspective to the community. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and is the Marketing Director at NewPro Containers.

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