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An east-facing windowsill is not as bright as the southern exposure but is still a choice spot for many plants. Some orchids, like Cattleyas like it here. Paphiopedilums and Phalaenopsis will also do well in this location but should be set back a foot or so from the window so the light they receive is more diffused.
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Many flowering plants like gloxinia, streptocarpus, and other relatives of African violets and clivia prefer this exposure.
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Most foliage plants like this location. If the light from this setting gets too bright, move the plants further from the window.
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Most bromeliads thrive in this setting.
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Various begonias are also well suited to this windowsill.