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 simple solution. They’ll never outgrow their pots, the leaves will never droop down 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 can work wonders for any décor situation, and we doubt that anyone will know the difference once they’re displayed on a nice plant stand. We found some small options if you want to be subtle, like mini succulents and an aloe plant, as well as larger ones for those unafraid to go all out with a big statement ficus tree or monstera. No matter the size, an artificial plant can give you the look you’re going for without all the fuss. Feel free to scroll through the entire list to see if anything catches your eye, but if you already have something in mind, use these links to jump around to the floor plants, hanging plants, tabletop plant, succulents, and outdoor faux plants we’ve curated below.
Best artificial floor plants
Go big or go home, right? At first glance, your guests might think that a lemon tree indoors is obviously fake, but a quick Google search will prove them wrong, as you can actually grow one inside. The variation in the leaves, along with creative potting on your part, might be all you need to convince them this is real.
Ikea has a number of plants, including fake ones, too, that are pretty convincing. Strategist writer Jenna Milliner-Waddell even has one friend that accidentally bought a fake Ikea plant thinking it was real. There’s plenty to choose from, but this bamboo tree is a little more unique. It’s 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 viney plant comes to mind when you hear philodendron, think again. Instead of sprawling, 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 sparse compared to other “overstuffed” fiddles with big clusters of leaves, which (if you ask us) is a dead giveaway that it’s fake.
If your well-documented black thumb makes a thriving five-foot tree difficult to pass off as real, this more modest fiddle-leaf plant might do the trick.
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 — will make just as much of a statement 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.
If you want to spend a good bit less and still get a realistic-looking monstera, this is a good choice.
This six foot ficus has a delicate look, with its long and slender trunk, and the intricately detailed leaves will catch anyone’s eye. (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 two feet tall, its a bit smaller than the other artificial floor plants on this list, but would look perfect perched on a plant stand.
West Elm’s home-décor offerings extend to both real and fake plants. This one is a more traditional-looking faux rubber plant with its 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, if that’s what you’re after.