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20 Artificial Plants, Trees, and Flowers That Don’t Look Fake

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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 a potted orchid, 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.

Best artificial floor plants

Nearly Natural 5.5-Foot Tall Fiddle-Leaf Fig

A 5.5 foot tall fiddle-leaf fig that’s never going to die on you. This one is pricier than some of the other faux options out there, but we’re impressed by how realistic-looking it is. Most companies seem to “overstuff” their silk fiddles with big clusters of leaves, which is a dead giveaway in our humble opinion. This one is spare and minimal, like the real deal.

Silk Tree Warehouse 5-Foot Artificial Bird of Paradise Plant

Birds of paradise are one of those plants that almost look fake even when they’re real, so save yourself the trouble. This 5 foot tall faux bird of paradise —complete with irregular leaf tears and crinkles — will make just as much of a statement as a live one.

Terrain Faux Philodendron

Rounding out the “Big Three” of status-y floor plants is, of course, the monstera. Terrain makes some of the best-looking artificial plants we’ve seen, but they’re pricey. Still, if you’ve got the money, this one is a real showstopper.

Fopamtri Artificial Monstera Deliciosa Plant 43"

If you want to spend a good bit less and still get a realistic-looking monstera, this is a good choice.

Nearly Natural Silk Ficus Tree, 6-Feet

This 6 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.”)

Nearly Natural Artificial Rubber Plant in Cylinder

This is a particularly impressive imitation of the very on-trend variegated rubber tree. At 2 feet tall, its a bit smaller than the other artificial floor plants on this list, but would look perfect perched on a plant stand.

Nearly Natural Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree, 6.5’

Get vertical with this faux palm tree that towers more than 6 feet high. Stick with a simple planter since the tree makes a statement on its own.

Vickerman 6’ Japanese Maple Executive Tree

Japanese maple trees typically only thrive outdoors and take years to grow. Skip all that with an elegant faux version.

Nearly Natural Sansevieria Plant with Black Planter

Snake plants are pretty hard to kill, it’s true, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. This looks just like the real thing, and it even comes with a modern-looking black planter.

Best artificial hanging plants

Nearly Natural Spider Hanging Basket Decorative Silk Plant

The details and shading on the leaves of this hanging spider plant make it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.

Vickerman 26” Silk Mini Ivy Hanging Bush

It’d be very bohemian to dangle these hanging ivy leaves from a macramé planter.

Nearly Natural Boston Fern in Hanging Basket

Hang this silk Boston fern in your living room, or outdoors over your porch.

Nearly Natural Silk Bougainvillea Hanging Basket

If you’re getting an artificial hanging plant, you might as well go for it and buy something that would be near-impossible to successfully grow indoors, like this always-blooming, bright pink bougainvillea.

Best artificial tabletop plants

Nearly Natural Cedar Bonsai Decorative Silk Plant 16”

Get the bonsai look without worrying about delicate trimming and upkeep.

Nearly Natural Peace Lily Artificial Flower with Glossy Glass Planter

Real peace lilies can be poisonous to many pets, so this silk version is a good choice for owners of curious cats and dogs.

Nearly Natural Agave Plant with Black Planter

You unfortunately can’t use this silk agave to make tequila, but it will add a bold geometric pop to any end table.

Napa Home and Garden Conservatory Phalaenopsis Drop-In Silk Orchid, 23-Inches

We wrote an article about how to not kill an orchid, and although it’s definitely possible to keep one alive for many years, it’s not exactly foolproof. We love the look of this silk orchid with pink blooms, and the exposed aerial roots and faux moss make it appear even more realistic. While you’ll need to supply your own pot, we like this “drop-in” style because it means you won’t be stuck with one of the cheaper-looking plasticky pots that are often attached to silk orchids.

Artificial succulents

MyGift 36-Inch Faux Saguaro Cactus in Cement Style Clay Pot

While succulents and cacti are resilient plants and don’t need much water, they still like a lot of light. If your space is “light-challenged,” or if you’re sick of getting pricked by your cactus, a faux option like this might be a good fit.

Winlyn Assorted Decorative Faux Succulent Plants with Gray Pots, Set of 5

Decorate your desk with some fake succulents that won’t mind if you take an extra-long weekend.

And an artificial plant to keep outside

Nearly Natural Boxwood Ball Topiary

No need to break out the pruning shears to maintain the perfectly round shape of this boxwood. Leave it outdoors by an entryway for effortless year-round greenery.

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20 Artificial Plants and Trees That Don’t Look Fake