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 distinctive split-leaf 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 four-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.
If you already have a bird of paradise plant, consider this banana leaf. They have similar broad, oblong leaves, but this one is about two feet smaller than the plant above.
Another status-y floor plant is the split-leaf philodendron. Target sells some of the best-looking artificial plants we’ve seen, and this one is a real showstopper.
If you want to spend a good bit less and still get a realistic-looking split-leaf plant, this faux monstera is a good choice.
This six-foot-tall ficus has a delicate look, with its long and slender trunk and intricately detailed leaves. (The manufacturer’s product description says it has “1,008 individual leaves.”)
This is a particularly impressive imitation of the very on-trend variegated rubber tree. At about two feet tall, it’s a bit smaller than the other artificial floor plants on this list, but would look perfect perched on a plant stand.
West Elm sells a more traditional-looking faux rubber plant with thick, dark-colored leaves. And while it doesn’t come with a planter, the retailer has a ton of those to choose from, too.
Less obvious than a palm tree, this faux yucca plant will give you a similar tropical vibe.
Real dracaena plants can be a bit temperamental and are even toxic to some pets, so save yourself the trouble with this faux version. It gives off tropical vibes and is dense, with 64 natural-looking leaves that can be adjusted.
Snake plants are pretty hard to kill, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. This looks just like the real thing, and it even comes with a minimalist black planter.
This tall Sonoran candelabra will bring the desert to you in no time, minus the heat.
At nearly seven feet tall, this towering banana tree has flexible leaves and branches, which can be reshaped right out of the box.
With long blades of grass and eight tall cattail stems, this plant looks nearly identical to the real thing.
Best artificial hanging plants
This tradescantia zebrina has the statement plant trifecta: It hangs, grows in a dramatic sprawling vine, and shows beautiful variation in color, including pink.
If you like the idea of a winding, viny plant but are afraid it’ll grow unruly, this faux hanging variegated string of hearts won’t get any bigger.
If you’re too much of a purist to go totally fake, the plant people at the Sill offer some preserved plants like this hanging preserved fern potted in a Japanese moss ball. Like fake plants, this one doesn’t require any maintenance, but it’s also nontoxic and environmentally friendly (in other words, it’s not plastic like most fake plants).
The details and shading on the leaves of this hanging spider plant make it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
Display this retro silk Boston fern in a brass planter in your living room, or outdoors over your porch.
If you’re getting an artificial hanging plant, you might as well buy something that would be near impossible to successfully grow indoors, like this always blooming, bright-pink bougainvillea.
Your front door will make an even warmer first impression when decorated with soft green olive branches fashioned into a faux wreath.
Best artificial tabletop plants
Have a little fun with your faux plant and introduce this polka-dot pothos into your décor.
“Pot” a single stem yourself — it’s another cool take on the tabletop plant. As pictured, put a few deep-blue thistles in a glass vase with some pebbles for extra dimension.
For something greener (and glossier), this broad monstera leaf is sized to stand on its own as a centerpiece.
This mini tabletop plant has silvery green eucalyptus leaves, comes in a modern white melamine pot, and is somehow just $5.
And if you’re searching for something lusher, this eucalyptus plant is 12 inches wider than the one above.
This chartreuse-colored maidenhair fern is similar to those you might find in the wild this spring, but this one will look fresh all year round.
Want more drama? This all-black fern definitely stands out.
The leaves on this fake plant are bendable, so you can customize this plant into a shape that looks more natural.
Lavender retains its rich color even after drying. This preserved bouquet is just as stunning as fresh lavender, but will last for much longer and won’t require any watering. Arranged in a vase, it would make a nice kitchen-table centerpiece or bathroom-counter accoutrement.
We love the realistic and vibrant green color of the leaves on this pothos plant.
Get the bonsai look without worrying about delicate trimming and upkeep.
While the humble spider plant is considered one of the easiest houseplants to grow, this faux one will never brown at the tips.
This agave succulent features a plant stand that would make an impressive centerpiece on a coffee table or in your dining room.
There’s plenty of color in this succulent arrangement, from red-tinged echeveria to mini-yucca.
A ten-inch wide pot like this will make the perfect centerpiece on a dining or coffee table.
Decorate your desk with some fake succulents that won’t mind if you take an extra-long weekend.
And artificial plants to keep outside
If you’re not into taking care of houseplants, we take it you’re not into landscaping either — and there’s faux plants for that, too. Get two of these to flank your front door, along with some decorative pots, and never worry about them again.
Afloral also makes UV-protected outdoor plants that won’t fade after months out on a sunny porch.
This four-foot-tall cedar pine will last the entire year without the care a live tree needs. Plop it into your own pot or basket for instant curb appeal.
Brighten your porch planters or one of the above hanging baskets with this fake, UV-protected geranium bush.
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