When it comes to bathroom decor, adding plants may not be your first instinct – but plants that absorb humidity can do double duty as decor pieces and natural dehumidifiers. Whether your bathroom has lots of light to work with or very little, these are 15 of the best plants that absorb humidity in the bathroom.
Published October 17, 2020, Updated November 28, 2021
Fiddle-Leaf Figs Love Humidity
to West Africa, the Instagram-famous fiddle-leaf fig (or ficus lyrata) makes for great decor, as Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott know well. This plant is a bit of a diva. Fiddles like to dry out a little between thorough waterings, and thrive when given the occasional humidity boost. If your bathroom has a large window or skylight with bright, indirect light, fiddle-leaf figs will really enjoy the humidity of a bathroom.
Boston Ferns Are Great Shower Plants
Ferns, like this big Boston fern, get a reputation for being hard to care for – with good reason. Without a healthy dose of humidity, ferns are likely to crisp right up. However, it’s for this reason that ferns make for great shower plants, as they absorb the warm humidity through their leaves like a natural dehumidifier.
Pothos Make the Best House Plants
Pothos of all varieties are classic house plants for a reason: they’re incredibly hardy and tolerate a variety of growing conditions – including the humidity of a shower. This makes them a great choice to help absorb some of the humidity in a bathroom.
Palm Plants Love a Sunny, Humid Bathroom
The light and humidity of a sunny bathroom are perfect for a palm plant. Palms bring tropical vibes, but – like ferns – they’re quick to get crispy without a healthy dose of humidity. Turn your bathroom into a spa-like oasis with a palm plant to help decrease the humidity of the space.
Peace Lilies Love Moisture and Humidity
With their big, glossy leaves, peace lilies don’t just love humidity – they also love to be kept in moist soil. If given the option, opt for a peace lily that’s already in bloom to enjoy its gorgeous flowers right away.
Air Plants Absorb Moisture Through Their Leaves
Air plants, or tillandsias, are unique plants because they don’t grow in soil. Instead, air plants absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. These strange and wonderful plants come in many shapes and sizes, with thin wispy leaves, flat curly leaves and everything in between. In addition to the natural humidity of a bathroom, give air plants a soak in a sink filled with water once a week to help keep them happy.
Bromeliads for Brightness
The bright and colourful bromeliad is a great way to add a splash of colour to your bathroom. These easygoing plants are in the same family as air plants, but grow in soil. They prefer a moist and humid environment, making them great bathroom plants.
Beginner-Friendly English Ivy
If you’re new to the plant world, English ivy is easy to care for and thrives in humid environments like bathrooms. This classic plant trails and vines as it grows, which makes it great on a high shelf or climbing up a trellis.
Snake Plants to Tolerate Many Conditions
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, has a reputation as an indestructible plant. This gorgeous plant thrives with regular watering and bright, indirect light, but it can also tolerate low light and a little neglect. It’s also reputed to have air-filtering properties, which makes it a good choice to help reduce humidity in a bathroom.
Spider Plants Like Humidity
Spider plants are another classic houseplant because of how easygoing they are. Not only do they do well in humid environments, happy spider plants will produce little babies that can easily be separated from the mother plant and shared with your friends.
Calatheas for Beautiful Foliage
The stunning calathea is popular among plant lovers for its stunning and ornate foliage. However, it’s notoriously difficult to care for in dry environments – without adequate humidity, calatheas crisp up and die. But don’t shy away from this plant! In a bathroom, a calathea plant adds a gorgeous splash of colour, and would also be happy to soak up the humidity from baths and showers!
Birds of Paradise for Tropical Vibes
Birds of paradise are another ultra-popular decor plant. Often confused for banana plants, these gorgeous tropical plants love to absorb humidity with their big, stunning leaves.
The Elephant Ear Plant is Stunning and Unique
The elephant ear plant, or alocasia polly, is yet another plant that thrives in humid conditions. This stunning plant needs bright, indirect light as well as humidity – so it’ll thrive in a bathroom with a skylight or window.
Monstera Deliciosas Love Humidity
Monstera deliciosas are another very popular decor plant for their huge, fenestrated leaves. These easygoing plants thrive in a variety of conditions, but they’re jungle plants naturally, so they’ll do well in a humid bathroom environment.