Choosing the right plants for the potty can be perplexing. You don’t want one that enjoys a dry heat or one that gives off too much of a scent. So let’s roll with some of the best plants for the smallest part of your home.

Peace Lily

This modern and quite an elegant plant is well known for its air-purifying qualities, an essential part of any bathroom. The Peace Lily thrives in humid conditions and should be misted daily when the shower has not been in use. This beautiful plant will look great on the counter near the sink or on a storage shelf alongside other decorations or a stack of towels. The dark emerald leaves have a glossy look that creates a stark contrast to the white blooms of the flower itself. This makes the Peace Lily a perfect option for those newly remodeled or updated bathrooms that want to showcase an upscale vibe.


Most homes have bathrooms with little natural light. Small windows mean bathrooms are usually illuminated by light fixtures which can make plant choices challenging. Thankfully, bamboo is one of those plants that doesn’t need a ton of light and can do well under fluorescent light bulbs in the bathroom. Bamboo also isn’t too fussy on soil conditions and can even be planted without soil if you’re worried about creating a mess.

Be warned that bamboo does grow rapidly but you can help keep it the right size and shape for your bathroom by shaping it as it grows. Placing it underneath a shelf or storage unit that will impede its upward growth with also help. Bamboo adds simple beauty to a bathroom and takes up vertical space which is a great choice for micro-sized bathrooms.

Aloe Vera

Bathrooms are usually the spot where cuts and scrapes are attended to. Adding Aloe Vera to your bathroom is a great way to regularly use the plant for these types of small injuries. The plant’s gel can be easily extracted by breaking off a piece of the plant in order to be applied directly to the skin. Aloe Vera is a great treatment for burns and itchy skin. Being one of the easiest succulents to manage, the plant is quite hard to kill making the bathroom a great place for it to reside. And depending on the humidity level of your bathroom, you may never need to water it.

Staghorn Fern

The high humidity of a bathroom is the perfect setting for those tropical houseplants that enjoy a rainforest setting. Staghorn Ferns can handle a large amount of water in the air of a small bathroom. They grow well in hangers and can be a welcome addition to a bathroom that has little counter or storage space. Consider hanging them from the ceiling with access to indirect light in order to use the vertical space within the bathroom.

Any of these plant options will do well in bathrooms of various sizes. Choose from the vertical beauty that both bamboo and ferns produce when trying to add natural options to a smaller bathroom space. Aloe Vera is a great option for those bathrooms with more room near a window as well as busy households that see many small cuts and scrapes. Adding a Peace Lily to your bathroom not only helps to purify the air but also offers a touch of class to a more modern and newly remodeled bathroom.

Lucy Crawford is a home design and DIY writer, and lover of herbal tea.  With her busy hands, she is always challenging herself with a new DIY project. She enjoys designing spaces where she can relax and enjoy a good book.