House plants are great for every room in your home, and the bathroom is no exception. Many plants do especially well in high humidity environments, making them perfect for hanging in your shower.
The best hanging plants for your shower are Pothos, Eucalyptus, English ivy, Kimberly queen fern, Snake plant, Sword fern, Spider plants, Prayer plant, Philodendron, Monstera, Peace lily, and Bird’s nest fern.
Let’s take a look at each of these plants, and discuss what makes them a perfect addition to your bathroom space.
Although this plant’s nickname is “Devil’s Ivy,” pothos can make your shower look and feel heavenly. It’s also very easy to take care of, as it’s well suited for lots of different environments and doesn’t need much care to thrive.
Pothos is a tropical plant, making it great for a high-humidity environment like your bathroom. They do well in low light and bright indirect light, as well as in a variety of soils. This is a perfect plant you can hang up and not think too much about, making it a solid option for any room in the house.
What makes pothos especially nice for your shower, though, is their vines. Pothos is a vine plant unlike those you may see outdoors; instead of growing upward and attaching itself to surfaces, the leaves drape downward. This makes pothos excellent for decor as well.
Taking a spa day can be relaxing, but it can also be expensive. However, buying and hanging eucalyptus in your shower is probably the next best thing for an at-home, budget-friendly spa. Doing so also has a host of health benefits.
The eucalyptus plant does get rather big, but a small one could be hung in a shower. Another option is to grow the plant elsewhere and cut branches to hang in your shower. Hanging a eucalyptus bundle from your showerhead releases essential oils from the plant, making your bathroom smell amazing.
The steam from your shower combined with eucalyptus is a perfect way to relieve congestion, headaches, and sinus issues. It can also be an excellent way to relax and unwind after a long day.
You can also buy eucalyptus branches almost anywhere flowers are sold. The Timoo Dried Eucalyptus Branches (available on Amazon.com) comes in a pre-cut bundle, which makes it extra easy to hang in your shower.
English ivy, aka common ivy, may be an invasive species in some areas, but it can also be a visually pleasing and easy to care for plant to hang in your shower.
Ivy kept as a houseplant won’t grow at the unmanageable rate it does outdoors, so you don’t have to worry about it taking over your bathroom walls. These plants do well in humidity and bright light, making them ideal for a bathroom with a shower and windows.
Several other variations of ivy also do well in showers, and you can care for them pretty similarly.
Kimberly Queen Fern
The Kimberly Queen fern, in particular, does well with partial or limited sun exposure, so you don’t need to place them right next to a window for them to thrive. It’s also a “clean air plant,” meaning it can help purify the air around it and make your bathroom more pleasant.
Kimberly Queen ferns are very common and easy to find in gardening stores and online. My local Home Depot has an entire rack of nothing but hanging Kimberly Queen ferns, and they’re relatively cheap.
Snake plants are very common houseplants, and they do well in bathrooms. There are several different types of snake plants, but most are native to tropical regions, meaning they thrive in humidity.
These plants also do well with minimal light and watering, making them an excellent choice for beginner gardeners and forgetful plant parents.
Snake plants also make nice decor, as their coloring ranges from very light yellow-green to dark, rich green.
Even though it’s the second fern on this list, the sword fern is a unique and easy-to-care-for houseplant with limited light needs and a love for humidity. Also called the Boston fern, this plant does exceptionally well in hanging pots and is an excellent addition to any bathroom.
These ferns need to be watered frequently, but besides this, they’re not overly difficult to care for. Plus, keeping them in the shower creates an ideally humid environment to grow.
With slightly thicker, darker leaves than the Kimberly Queen fern, the sword fern is a beautiful, lush plant to add to your bathroom.
Even if you’ve never gardened before, you may have spider plants growing near your home. They’re ubiquitous as outdoor plants, but they also make excellent houseplants, as they’re easy to grow and require very little care.
Spider plants are named for their long, skinny leaves and grow in various conditions. They do incredibly well as hanging plants, and their tendril-like leaves make for unique decor.
You can purchase spider plants at most plant shops or online. Check out this Hirt’s Gardens Spider Plant (available on Amazon.com) if you’re buying online.
Prayer plants, also known as Maranta leuconeura, are a variety of plants named for their inwardly folded leaves, which tend to look like hands praying. During the daytime, the leaves unfold, revealing a beautiful tri-color pattern. At night, the leaves fold closed.
Besides being gorgeous, these plants are relatively easy to care for as bathroom plants, as they mostly need a high humidity environment to thrive along with indirect sunlight.
The only significant difference between these plants and most of the others on this list is that this one will need to be fertilized regularly. If you can do that, these are a good fit for you.
Similar to pothos is the philodendron, a beautiful, easy-to-care-for vine plant. There are climbing and non-climbing varieties of this plant, making it a versatile option for different spaces in your home.
These plants love humidity and combined with their vibrant color and gorgeous vines, they’re excellent for hanging in the shower.
These plants can be purchased at most garden stores, but be sure to check that you’re buying philodendron and not pothos, as certain varieties can look very similar. For an online option, check out the Hirts: House Plants Hanging Philodendron (available on Amazon.com). This one is great because it arrives very quickly and comes ready to hang.
Monstera plants are some of the most popular houseplants, and with the proper care, they can grow to be up to 15 feet (4.57 meters) tall.
These plants also work quite well in bathrooms and showers, as they thrive on humidity. Just make sure to place these plants by a window; as bright, indirect sunlight will keep their leaves looking vibrant and the plant as healthy as possible.
There are a lot of different monstera varieties, so you should be able to find on that you’ll like.
Peace lilies are a great choice among hanging plants, and as their name suggests, they can help create a soothing environment in your shower.
As one of the only flowering plants on this list, the peace lily is a unique plant for decor. They’re also easy to care for, as long as you don’t overwater them.
Peace lilies are pretty common and available at most flower and plant stores. If you’d instead buy online, consider the Costa Farms Indoor Peace Lily (available on Amazon.com). This product ships year round, meaning you can buy it even when Peace lilies are no longer sold at your local gardening store.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Although ferns are a common theme on this list, the bird’s nest fern is a distinctive, brightly colored fern variety that naturally grows on the surface of other plants. However, as indoor plants, they are easy to care for and make a great addition to any bathroom.
The plant is named for the leaf structure, which resembles a bird’s nest when new leaves emerge from the center. Since this plant loves humidity, it’s great for your shower and is visually attractive.
Bird’s nest ferns are quite common and easy to find at your local gardening store.
Betal Leaf (AKA Piper Betle)
If you have a sunny window in your shower, the betal leaf plant may be a good choice to add to your shower.
This is a vine in the same family as the pepper plant and is a lesser known plant in the United States.
Most people have used aloe for sunburn, dry skin, or even acne. But it also makes a great hanging plant for your bathroom shower.
As a succulent, aloe plants do well in high humidity with little water and lots of sunlight. As a bonus, you can cut open your plant’s leaves and use the aloe inside instead of purchasing aloe vera gel.
Aloe is quite popular as both an indoor and outdoor plant, making it very accessible and widely available. To buy online, check out the CTS Air Plant Live Aloe Vera Plant (available on Amazon.com). This particular plant is great because CTS Air Plants guarantees your plant to arrive alive and stay healthy thirty days from delivery.
- Mr. Plant Geek: The Houseplant That Thrives on Neglect and Low Light
- Gardening Know How: Information on Caring for Pothos Plants
- Prevention: People Are Hanging Eucalyptus in Their Showers to Clear Up Their Stuffy Noses
- Healthline: Hanging Eucalyptus in the Shower
- Houseplant 411: Kimberly Queen Fern
- Gardening Know How: How to Grow a Snake Plant and Snake Plant Care
- The Spruce: How to Grow and Care for Boston Fern
- The Spruce: How to Grow and Care for a Prayer Plant
- Gardening Know How: Philodendron House Plants
- Pennington: How to Grow and Care for Monstera Deliciousa
- Gardening Know How: Peace Lily Plants- Care of Peace Lilies
- The Spruce: How to Grow and Care for Bird’s Nest Ferns
- Good Housekeeping: How to Grow and Care for Aloe Vera Plants
- Costa Farms: Plant Rx: 5 Tips for Raising English Ivy Indoors