Plants that absorb humidity are the first solution for high humidity in your house during summer. If you have been experiencing mildew, mold, and bacteria that grow in moist conditions around the house, then it’s time to add some natural, effective methods.

Plants That Absorb Humidity

Growing the ones that reduce humidity levels is more effective than getting a dehumidifier. Let’s see what plants will help you eliminate the moisture, plus the associated hazards, and improve your indoor air quality.

List of The Best Plants That Absorb Humidity

1. Aloe Vera

Healing Aloe Vera Succulent

  • Has sleek green long leaves
  • The leaves have thorns on the sides
  • The leaves are arranged in an attractive style
  • Absorbs humidity, especially in the bathroom
  • Provides immediate relief from cuts, sunburns, or bug bites
  • Beautify your bathroom
Growing conditions
  • Needs low amounts of sunlight
  • Requires less water and high humidity
  • Provide adequate humidity to keep it alive
  • Keep it near a window that receives morning sun
  • Keep the soil dry between the watering schedule to prevent root rot

Aloe Barbadensis Miller is an excellent houseplant, easy to grow and maintain. The gel of the aloe vera leaves make it a home chemist with its ability to relieve pain from sunburns and other skin irritations.

This is a slow-growing plant that requires time to mature before you can start using its leaves. If you cut off the leaves too soon, you risk getting them stunted; however, they are known for different qualities as well, such as growing in drought conditions and thriving through all the seasons of the year

2. Bamboo Palm

Elegant Bamboo Palm

  • Has thin, dark green leaves
  • Has slender stems
  • It is not authentic bamboo
  • Best for bathroom or kitchen plants
  • Absorbs the air-water content leaving the room cool and relaxing
Growing conditions 
  • Do well in low to medium light conditions
  • The soils must be moist and rich
  • Grow them in humid areas for added moisture
  • Place it near a window or in areas with excess humidity.
  • Provide adequate watering when the humidity is low.

Chamaedorea Seifrizii is the perfect houseplant to add to your collection. It absorbs humidity and enjoys warm weather. Growing two of these plants in your home are enough to eliminate excessive humidity levels making it more habitable.

These plants are ones that are best when kept indoors, as they would do well when their light conditions are low and even medium leveled; as for the humidity, they need a sufficient amount to grow. You may mist them, and provide the right amount of water when you see that the soil has dried.

3. Begonias

Showy Begonia Blooms

  • Extremely colorful flowers that brighten up spaces
  • Have showy glossy green leaves
  • The plant is dense and rounded
  • Best as bathroom plants
  • Does well indoors and thrives with bright blooms
Growing conditions 
  • Enjoys the warmth and humidity of a bathroom shelf
  • Does well in containers with moist, well-draining soils
  • Thrives best when grown indoors
  • Provide moist soils
  • Keep it near a window that brings in adequate sunlight

Begonia Spp are beautiful plants that do well indoors, as long as the moisture is high because they will absorb it for you. They have over 1500 different species and hundreds of hybrids, one looking more beautiful that the other with their vibrant green foliage.

They range in size from a few inches to over 12 inches tall. These plants would thrive in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b. Lastly, they have a medium growth rate and are moderate bloomers producing large clusters of tiny pink flowers, that would range from male to female variations.

4. Boston Fern

Lush Boston Fern Foliage

  • Has sword-shaped, blue-green foliage
  • Has tiny leaflets growing erect
  • The fronds arch when they grow larger
  • Perfect for absorbing high levels of humidity
  • Can grow in the bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen
Growing conditions 
  • Grow in filtered light
  • Keep the soil moist, as it prefers growing in damp places
  • Do not tolerate dry air, as it can lead to the death of the plant
  • Keep it in a cool area with plenty of humidity
  • Keep it away from a direct window

Nephrolepis Exaltata are evergreen plants grown indoors and absorb moisture from the atmosphere. It is an ideal houseplant for areas with excess humidity. They remove the stickiness from the air while balancing out the moisture content in your house; this is how they would cleanse the air in the room, and show you their different benefits.

Moreover, the Boston fern is a slow grower best grown all year round indoors, but when you plant it outdoors, this plant can thrive in swampy, humid areas that receive partial sun and shade. However, it shouldn’t be near harsh amounts of sun, because it should be indirectly coming towards it, or else the leaves would be subjected to sunburn.

5. Cast Iron Plants

Hardy Cast Iron Plant

  • Has medium green foliage
  • The leaves are arching, lance-shaped, and deep green
  • Produces cream and purple flowers
  • Cools down the area within your home
  • Protects your house from moisture damage
Growing conditions 
  • Thrives under humid conditions
  • Requires adequate area to grow
  • Provide evenly moist soils
  • Keep it under indirect light

Aspidistra elatior is easy to grow and hard to kill. To further elaborate, they thrive n humid growing conditions and love to harvest moisture with their foliage, and will absorb the humidity that is found around them. You can grow the iron plants indoors under bright indirect light or in cool areas with adequate moisture.

6. English Ivy

Decorative English Ivy Climber

  • Have evergreen foliage
  • A woody vine that’s an excellent ground cover
  • It also climbs up to 80 feet tall
  • Helps your home regulate humidity by absorbing the extra
  • Removes mold from the air in hot, humid areas
  • Best for bathrooms, bedrooms, or kitchens
Growing conditions 
  • Loves to grow in humid areas
  • Does not need plenty of light but prefers shaded areas
  • Keep the soil moist consistently but not soggy
  • Keep the plants in a hanging pot or basket
  • Helps absorb as much moisture from the air

Hedera Helix is one of the commonly grown plants in most homes, whether in pots or even on walls when it is growing outdoors. It multiplies fast and can be invasive if not put under control, and you would see that they are growing almost up to nine feet annually.

In short, this plant is a climber and a ground cover; it is known especially for its trailing characteristic. It has greenish flowers and evergreen leaves throughout its growing period. It should be kept away from children and pets as it is toxic.

7. Peace Lily

Air Purifying Peace Lily

  • Features deep green foliage and white flowers
  • Have large, glossy, and oval leaves
  • Moderate growers maturing in three years
  • Absorb excess levels of moisture from your home
  • Will help maintain a reasonable temperature
Growing conditions 
  • Grows in damp soils under humid conditions
  • Requires moist soils
  • Grow under indirect light
  • Do not overwater these plants
  • Use a balanced fertilizer once or twice during the growing season

Spathiphyllum spp are a great addition to your houseplant collection. It is native to tropical conditions and is an excellent humidity-absorbing plant. During hot summers, these plants absorb excess humidity from the air giving your home fresh air.

In short, the peace lily can bloom all year long with white flowers grown under indirect light. However, if you have a pet cat, you should make sure that they wouldn’t ingest any part of this plant because peace lilies are highly intoxicating.

8. Snake Plant

Low Maintenance Snake Plant

  • Has stiff, sword-like leaves
  • The leaves are about six to eight inches long
  • Have green-banded leaves with a yellow border
  • Cleanses the rooms
  • Best for humid rooms that do not receive too much light
Growing conditions 
  • Thrives in indirect light
  • Does great in the dark corners of your house
  • Keep it away from kids and pets as it’s toxic
  • Keep it under indirect light
  • Fertilize sparingly at the beginning of the growing season

Dracaena trifasciata are some of the most common bathroom plants you will ever encounter. It absorbs moisture entirely, leaving your home fresh. This plant is known to be one of the best plants when it comes to reducing humidity levels, and this is the reason why it is placed in locations, such as bathrooms, where the moisture is high.

It is a slow grower, but it boosts its growth when provided with more light. It is best repotted in spring when the growing season is just beginning. Make sure that neither your kids not your pets would ingest its leaves, because of the poisonous sap that this plant has.

9. Spider Plants

Hanging Spider Plant Beauty

  • Has long trailing stems
  • Small plantlets that vaguely resemble spiders
  • Have narrow star-shaped leaves rising from a central point
  • Drastically lower the moisture level in the air
  • Helps cool your home during high unbearable summer humidity
Growing conditions 
  • Grows in dry, humid areas
  • Thrives in well-moist soils or moist surroundings
  • Provide adequate watering to keep the soils moist
  • Provide well-drained soils
  • Keep it under indirect light

The scientific name for spider plants are Chlorophytum comosum, and this plant is one of the most popular houseplants, especially for beginners. It is easy to propagate and grow and tolerates a little neglect.

Moreover, you could also see that this plant grows in nearly all types of growing conditions, significantly when it is placed where indirect sunlight reaches it. This clump-forming herbaceous plant is native to the coast and areas of South Africa, as they are also known to be one of the best plants that absorb humidity.

10. Tillandsia

Tillandsia Air Plant

  •  Have triangular-shaped leaves
  • Do not grow in soil and get their nutrients from the air
  • Absorb moisture from the air
  • Help reduce the air-water vapor’s content
Growing conditions 
  • Best grown indoors on a sunny windowsill
  • Thrive in warm temperatures
  • Water it at least twice a week
  • Provide lots of filtered sunlight.

Tillandsia spp. is unique plant that can live off the nutrients and moisture in the air, it has the characteristics of dehumidifying plants. It absorbs them through the leaves, making it one of the best natural humidifiers for your home.

Also known as air plants, these special plants grow without being subjected to any soil because they don’t need one, as the moisture in the air is sufficient for them, but once in a while, if you soak them, they will still bloom. The air plants are native to the Southern US, and their natural habitat is found in shrubs, rocks, and trees.


Plants that absorb levels of humidity are the best to grow if your home has too much moisture during the summer or any other time. A few take-home thoughts from the article above include,

  • These plants are easy to grow if you provide ample moisture; they will thrive and grow with little maintenance.
  • The benefit of growing any of these indoor plants is that they will fully clear your home of any moisture levels that cause mildew and mold formation leaving it dry.
  • In most cases, these plants work better than the humidifier itself as they are present in your home day and night throughout the year, such as the aloe vera.
  • Our favorite go-to plants are snake, spider, tillandsia, and begonias plants, as they can tolerate a little neglect.

These plants act as a natural humidifier that absorbs all the extra moisture leaving it fresh and more habitable. With the list above, you can start indoor plants that will make your home a haven.

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