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The 15 Best Plants for East-Facing Windows

The 15 Best Plants for East-Facing Windows

When growing plants at home, the location is obviously one of the most important factors to consider.

For example, if you are placing your plant in (or near) a south-facing window, your plant will get plenty of sunshine. 

If you are placing it in (or near) a north-facing window, however, your plant will barely get any direct sunshine.

Plants in west-facing windows receive a half-day of direct sunlight. They receive most of that direct sunlight in the afternoon rather than in the morning. 

Now, what about plants in (or near) east-facing windows?

Well, the light conditions in east-facing windows are actually pretty similar to west-facing windows in that plants will receive a half-day of direct light in that location.

But unlike in west-facing windows, plants in east-facing windows will get that portion of direct sunlight in the morning rather than in the evening.

Remember the saying: “The Sun rises in the east”? You surely do!

Now that we got the theory out of the way, let’s see which plants do best in east-facing windows!


Which plants do best in (or near) east-facing windows?

  1. Angel Wing Begonia
  2. Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor palm)
  3. Chamaerops humilis (European fan palm)
  4. Columnea gloriosa (Goldfish plant)
  5. Cordyline fruticosa (Hawaiian Ti plant)
  6. Cliva miniata 
  7. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
  8. Dracaena fragrans (Corn plant)
  9. Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree)
  10. Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle-leaf fig)
  11. Peperomia metallica
  12. Pilea cadierei (Aluminium plant)
  13. Schefflera elegantissima (False aralia)
  14. Solenostemon scutellarioides (Coleus)
  15. Zamia pumila (Coontie)



15 Best Plants for East-Facing Windows


Angel Wing Begonia

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Angel Wing Begonias are a specific group of Begonia cultivars. These plants are very popular and there are hundreds of different cultivars out there. 

One of our favorite cultivars is the Begonia Maculata

Now, as far as light conditions go, angel wing begonias generally do best in medium light. 

As they can’t tolerate direct sunlight and as they do prefer colder morning light, they do very well in (or near) east-facing windows.

As direct sunlight even from an east-facing window is likely to burn their foliage, make sure to use sheer curtains to block the direct sunlight.


Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor palm)

East-Facing Window Plant Parlor Palm

While some plants are extremely hardy and can tolerate different levels of light, some others are very particular with regards to how much light they are getting.

And just because your plant seems to survive, that doesn’t mean that you have found the perfect location for it just yet. 

Now, as far as Chamaedorea elegans, also Parlor palm, goes, it feels most comfortable either near an east-facing window

The Parlor palm will also thrive well in a west-facing window, though, as in that location, it will also receive a half-day of full sun (in the afternoon rather than in the morning.

Lighting for plants is a pretty complex topic. And the vocabulary that comes with it, is something pretty hard to understand. But please don’t worry about it, Plantophiles got you covered. 

Just take a gander at our extensive guide on light levels and you will be up-to-date. 


Chamaerops humilis (European fan palm)

East-facing window plants European fan palm

European fan palms like a couple of hours of direct sunlight each and every day. This is what makes them a great houseplant for east-facing, as this will enable them to get a half-day of full sun (afternoon).

With that much sunlight, you would probably think that your European fan palm would grow very quickly, but that is actually not the case. This palm does indeed grow very slowly when grown as a houseplant. So don’t worry about that. 

As palms love a good deal of sunlight, you could even place your palm near a south-facing window (south-facing windows get the highest amount of sunlight from all windows).

If you do so, however, make sure to filter the light with the help of a curtain or the leaves of your palm might get sunburned. 


Columnea gloriosa (Goldfish plant)

A quick glance at Columnea gloriosa is sure to reveal why it is actually called “Goldfish plant.”

Yes, the flowers of this extraordinary plant actually do resemble real goldfish, which is pretty amazing in its own right. 

And the good news is that these plants will indeed bloom, even when grown as houseplants. 

But in order for that to happen, you will need to make sure that your Goldfish plant care is on point.

As always, it is very important to provide your plant with an adequate amount of sunshine. For plants, sunshine is like food. And you absolutely need to make sure your Goldfish plant is not starving!

So, as far as light goes, your Columnea gloriosa fancies an east-facing window where it can get a half-day of full sun; in this location, your Goldfish plant is likely to unfold its true potential!

But please don’t forget: There’s much more that goes into proper plant care than just finding the right location for your plant.

You will also need to be careful about other aspects of plant care such as choosing the right soil, feeding your plant with fertilizer and conducting a regular and adequate watering schedule.

As difficult as this might sound, there’s not much to worry about for you, as we have crafted an in-depth article about Goldfish plant care. It certainly won’t hurt to give it a go!



Cordyline fruticosa (Hawaiian Ti plant)

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The Hawaiian Ti plant, as you could probably guess, is a tropical plant. 

Tropical plants generally like a good deal of sunlight but can’t usually handle a lot of full sun (direct sunlight). A south-facing window without curtains would, therefore, would be a very bad spot for most tropical plants, as they would receive far too much direct sun.

With the help of curtains, though, even a south-facing window could get the job done, as this would eliminate the direct sun. 

Still, there are better options as far as the location of a Hawaiian ti plant goes:

As a tropical plant, the Hawaiian ti can indeed handle at least a couple hours of full-sun, they are good friends with either west-facing or east-facing windows. 



Clivia (Clivia miniata)

East-Facing Window Plant Clivia miniata

Clivia miniata is one of these plants that can easily be grown indoors as well as outdoors.

In fact, the best way to successfully grow Clivia miniata would be to keep them indoors in winter and then to move them outdoors (late fall to spring). 

When kept indoors (winter time), an east-facing window that provides your plant with moderate light is your best bet. A

As Clivia does not like very hot temperatures, it prefers sitting in an east-facing window where it gets a half-day of full in the morning rather than being exposed to a half-day of full sun in the afternoon (= when placed in a west-facing window). 



Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Dieffenbachia Dumb Cane is Perfect for East-Facing Windows

Dieffenbachia’s care is not all that difficult. You will easily get the hang of it. A quick glance in our Dieffenbachia plant care article will definitely be sufficient. 

As far as sunlight goes, you have two choices with Dieffenbachia. Either you are going with west-facing window or with an east-facing window.

In both cases, you will want to have some curtains between your Dumb cane and your window, as direct sunlight is not good for your Dieffenbachia. 

Dumb canes are really easy to grow. Even if you don’t have space near an east- or west-facing window, your plant is likely to survive.

You could also place it near a north-facing window and it would most likely still be fine, as it generally even tolerates low light conditions



Dracaena fragrans (Corn plant)

Dracaena Fragrans East-Facing Window Plant

Dracaena fragrans enjoys a lot of popularity as a houseplant these days and is happily grown by plant parents from all around the world. 

Dracaena fragrans, which also goes by the name of Corn plant, is yet another plant that thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. But on top of that, it also likes a good amount of full sun, which makes it the perfect candidate for an east-facing window. 

As west-facing windows provide pretty similar light conditions (with the biggest difference being that west-facing windows receive a half-day of full sun in the morning rather than in the evening), a west-facing window is actually yet another good choice for this plant. 

Medium light conditions as in these two windows are definitely best for this plant. 

But that said, they can also survive in low light or high light (when placed in a south-window). But survive and thrive are not exactly the same thing. So you should definitely go with either a west- or an east-facing window. 



Ficus Elastica (Rubber tree)

East-Facing Window Plant Ficus Elastica

It is of utmost importance that your houseplants get the right amount of light. But what it the right amount of light, after all?

Well, it really all depends on your plant. Some plants thrive in low-light conditions, while others only thrive in lots of direct sunlight (this is true for many succulents and cacti).

So, what about Ficus elastica? How much light does your Rubber plant need to be happy?

Bright, indirect light is the way to go with Ficus elastica. This makes it a great plant for an east-facing window

If you do have a variegated Ficus elastica (god, they are so beautiful!), please be aware that they need some more sunlight than their regular counterpart.

This generally holds true for all variegated plants; they welcome more sunlight than their non-variegated friends. 

In fact, if you are placing your Ficus Elastica near an east-facing window, the exact amount of light your plant is getting can still be adjusted. The general rule of thumb is that the closer you place your plant to the window, the more light it is getting.

That said, you can easily reduce the amount of light your plant is getting by simply moving your plant further away from the window



Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle-leaf fig)

Perfect East-Facing Window Plant Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle-leaf figs are not easy to care for. There are quite a lot of things that can go wrong with Fiddle-leaf fig care. 

The most important aspect of Fiddle-leaf care is proper lighting. You absolutely need to make sure that your FLF gets an adequate amount of sunlight. 

So, what’s adequate for a Fiddle-leaf fig?

These plants like a lot of sunlight. Bright, filtered sunlight is best for this plant. And they also benefit from a few hours of direct sun each and every day. 

So, this is why Ficus lyrata (the botanical name of the Fiddle-leaf fig) is a perfect plant for east-facing windows.

You should avoid dim light conditions at all cost, as this will have a very negative impact on your plant’s health and will most likely result in stunted growth of your plant. 

As mentioned earlier on, Fiddle-leaf fig care is pretty tricky. This is why you should absolutely give our Fiddle-leaf fig care article a go to make sure that your care is on point.  


Peperomia metallica (Radiator plant)

Peperomias are lovely little plants that are enjoyed by many plant parents from all around the globe. With 1600 species to choose from, you are sure to find the peperomia that you always dreamt of. 

While obviously not all of these species are popularly grown as houseplants, there are quite a few species that made their way in people’s homes and living rooms. 

Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Peperomia obtusifolia
  2. Peperomia puteolata
  3. Peperomia prostrata

Another Peperomia species that we are really fond of here at Plantophiles is Peperomia metallica, aka the Radiator plant. This species features dark-green, metallic leaves with red-colored undersides. 

While there are many different variations & cultivars of Peperomia metallica, they generally do best in medium light conditions. 

Bright, filtered light (=curtains are a must!) from an east-facing window is a great choice for most of these Peperomias. 

If you do own a highly variegated Peperomia metallica, a couple hours of direct sunlight should be fine, too. 

If you own a non-variegated type (=green leaves), then you should definitely keep them out of direct sun. 

Also, if you can’t find a suitable location near an-east facing window, you could very well grow this plant under artificial lights. Peperomias, in general, do very well under artificial lights.



Pilea cadierei (Watermelon pilea)

East-Facing Window Plant Favorites Pilea Cadierei

Pilea cadierei, also commonly known as either Watermelon pilea or Aluminium plant, is yet another houseplant that is a big fan of bright, indirect light. 

However, this plant can’t tolerate direct sunlight, so directly placing it in either a west- or east-facing window without any curtains won’t do this plant well. 

But an east-facing window is still an ideal spot for this plant; just make sure to put a sheer curtain between your Aluminium plant and your east-facing window and you are all set. Your Pilea cadierei will now receive exactly what it needs: Bright, filtered light

If you happen to choose a west-facing window rather than an east-facing one, then you would also need to make use of a curtain because direct sunlight will burn the foliage of this beautiful plant. You definitely don’t want that!

In case you got any cats at home, it is good to know that Pilea cadierei is absolutely cat-safe.



Schefflera elegantissima (False aralia)

False Aralia (Schefflera elegantissima)

An east-facing window is a good choice for a Schefflera elegantissima, as it enjoys medium light conditions where it can get bright, filtered light.

To make sure that your False aralia does not get any direct sunlight, place a sheer curtain between your plant and your east-facing window. 

Is it that easy? Not exactly. 

How much light your False aralia is ACTUALLY getting when placed in or near an east-facing window, depends on various factors. 

First of all, every window is different. While some windows are very small, some people have huge windows (lucky you!). The size of the window obviously has a drastic impact on how much sunlight your plant will finally get. 

Then, how far away you put your plant from that window also defines and regulates the light intensity.

It only sounds logical that if you place your False aralia very close to the window that it will get more sunlight than when you put it further away from it. 

So, where exactly should you position your False aralia?

Well, I wish it would be that easy. 

As we have pointed out, an east-facing window is definitely a good starting point. But you would have to experiment to find out the perfect spot for it, still. 

You could start with putting the plant very close to the east-facing window (curtains are a must though, please don’t forget that, as this plant can’t tolerate direct sunlight!). 

Then, if you do feel that your plant still gets too much sunlight (scorched leaves are a sign of that), then you could gradually move it a little bit further away from that window.

Also, if you would like to actually measure the light intensity, you could download a light meter on your phone.

An application like this will help you to understand how much light your plant is actually getting (this won’t be super accurate either but might help you to make better decisions). 


Solenostemon scutellarioides (Coleus)

Favorite East-Facing Window Plant Coleus

Coleus produces flowers. But this is definitely not the reason why this plant is so popular among houseplant enthusiasts from all over the world. 

The truly spectacular thing about Coleus plants is their foliage. If you are into very colorful foliage, you can’t go wrong with Coleus.

The same also holds true for Crotons, though. 

But let us now talk about the ideal lighting conditions for Coleus.

This plant prefers bright but filtered light

You can either place it near an east-facing or west-facing window. It won’t tolerate direct sun, therefore you need to hang some curtains between your Coleus and the window. 



Zamia pumila (Coontie)

East-Facing Window Plant Zamia Pumila

Coonties are very hardy plants. No matter if you grow them outdoors or indoors, these plants are considered low-maintenance and are not likely to give you all too many problems.

Moreover, Coonties grow very slowly. It is, therefore, important that you provide them with ideal light conditions so that they can at least grow a bit (with plants, not enough sunlight often results in slow or stunted growth). 

Whereas Coonties can survive in all kinds of light conditions (ranging from low light to high light), they are known to do best in medium light conditions. 

While they do enjoy a lot of sunlight (even a south-facing window is an option), they won’t be happy to receive too much direct sunlight. 

This is why you need to provide them with filtered light

While this might sound difficult, it is actually really easy: Just hang a curtain between your east-facing window and your Coontie and your Zamila pumila will receive exactly what it likes best: Bright, filtered light


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