While it’s easier than ever to buy live plants online, sometimes, despite our best intentions, those live plants become, well, dead plants. Artificial plants — fake plants, silk plants, faux foliage, or whatever you want to call them — offer a solution. They’ll never outgrow their pots, the leaves will never droop and turn yellow, and there’s no need to worry about watering or fertilizing. They’re also pet-safe and child-safe.
Like any living plant, artificial plants make a room feel vibrant and welcoming, and we doubt that anyone will know the difference once they’re displayed on a nice plant stand or positioned on a high shelf. We found some small options if you want to be subtle, like succulents and an agave plant — in general, plants that naturally have firm, waxy leaves make good faux foliage candidates, so succulents are a safe bet. We also found larger options for those unafraid to go all out, including a big statement ficus tree and a monstera. If you already have something in mind, use these links to jump around to the floor plants, hanging plants, tabletop plants, succulents, and outdoor faux plants we’ve curated below.
Best artificial floor plants
Ikea has a number of plants, including pretty convincing artificial ones. Strategist associate editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell even has one friend that accidentally bought a fake Ikea plant thinking it was real. This bamboo tree is nice and full, so it’ll look like you have a green thumb, but isn’t so full that it’s not believable.
If a small viny plant comes to mind when you hear philodendron, think again. This one grows tall like a tree and will make a statement in your space.
A five-foot-tall fiddle-leaf fig that’s never going to die on you. This one has natural color variations on the tree bark and leaves, including creasing and texture just like the real deal. This tree is pleasantly proportioned compared to other “overstuffed” faux fiddles with big clusters of leaves.
Birds of paradise are one of those plants that almost look fake even when they’re real, so save yourself the trouble and go faux. This five-foot-tall artificial bird of paradise — complete with irregular leaf tears and crinkles — looks just as beautiful as a live one.