Looking for realistic faux houseplants? Here are some amazing suggestions that look so real you might forget and water them.

In my never-ending quest to add greenery to the house, I’ve been searching for realistic faux houseplants.

Are you aware what a steep mountain that is to climb?


Whoever makes faux plants should look to the real ones for inspiration.

Real plants are green, but not too green.

Shiny not overly waxy.

The leaves are different sizes.

And in all my travels over highways and byways—never, ever, ever have I seen…

…a real plant with a brown rubber branch.

Trying to find all that in a faux plant that actually looks realistic?

It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Or a garden party.

Whichever comes first.

Specifically, I’ve looked everywhere for boxwood.

Somewhere along the way someone decided that boxwood was the top of the plant food chain.

And priced them according.

I was looking online for a boxwood sphere similar to this and they had it listed at $75.


For something that showed up without roots?

I had given up.

And then?

I was walking through IKEA minding my own business—shopping for down inserts for my pillows and I saw these.

Don’t they look real?

They come in different sizes and shapes in this set of blue and white pots.

I took them and added them to these blue and white pots and filled up this table.

But what if you don’t have an IKEA in your backyard?

No worries.

I. Got. You.

I put together some of the most realistic faux plants on the planet just so we have a go-to resource starting with this set of three SUPER similar houseplants like these for under $20.

I take plants like these and add them to my milk glass.

They are small enough that they fit in so many pots like my favorite blue and white pots.

Look at how realistic this Variegated String of Hearts houseplant looks.

I love how it trails over the edges.

You could add it to a hanging basket or a plant stand.

And this Fiddle Leaf Fig.

It’s 5′ tall and looks so realistic.

I have one SUPER similar to this in the corner of my office.

Do you know the best tip to keep the leaves clean? Hair spray. You can spray hairspray on the leaves and it gets rid of the dust and makes the leaves shiny.

I love the leaves of this Pothos plant.

It’s a classic in the world of houseplants.

You can see it here.

This lemon tree plant.

It’s 30″ tall and the yellow is perfect for summer.

You can see it here.

This boxwood is so realistic looking. It’s actually a preserved boxwood and the perfect size for a stack of books or a side table or bookshelf.

The color makes it unique and fresh.

You can see it here.

This large arrowroot is under $17.00.

The color is so pretty and the leaves look like art.

You can see it here.

I love the texture of this palm plant.

It looks so real and you never have to water it.

You can see it here.

This five-foot tree is perfect for coastal or modern farmhouse decor.

I love how it looks so current.

You can see it here.

You will never believe what a great deal these six eucalyptus branches are.

And the stems are super realistic and they are 24″ tall.

You can see them here.

I also love these ferns.

And this green leaf plant.

And these mini rosemary plants.

These houseplants look so real.

Not a brown rubber branch in sight.

Maybe you’ve already seen these realistic houseplants.

Maybe you are much more brilliant than me and you are nodding your head and pointing to the boxwood on your coffee table.

Maybe I should have bought these sooner.

All I know is my living room and I are high-fiving and drinking sweet tea.

I needed refreshment.

Climbing the faux houseplant mountain can be exhausting. 🙂

You can see all the faux house plants linked here.

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  1. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Wow you had to work hard to find all those examples. I too picked up some of the faux plants at IKEA several years ago as well.

  2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Faux plants are so frowned on by designers, but good thing I don't usually follow their advice. I LOVE THEM. Nothing better to brighten up a dull corner, cabinet or any room without a window( I'm talking to you laundry room in my house). Those are very pretty. I know most are going to gasp...but I have never been in an Ikea store. 🙄 maybe that should be a trip for me next week. I will check on your recommendations while there. Have a great day.

  3. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    I mix in my faux houseplants with my real ones and I love both of them. Makes the corner of our family look so lush and green. This summer I got a great pot of tall pampas grass and it anchors the entire grouping. Also got some nice faux fern branches and have them arranged in a tall vase on the hearth of our fireplace. Both these plants would be very messy if real and now I can use them all summer.

  4. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Awesome! What great fakes! I wanted to check out the eucalyptus branches but, unfortunately, the link goes to a different plant. :(

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      All fixed! Sorry about that! Here's the right link for anyone who missed it: https://urlgeni.us/amazon/BEt Happy day! KariAnne

  5. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Oh sweet friend here you go again sending the best faux plants our way. I have several that you recommended in the past and I am not disappointed. Thank you for sending this greenery our way. I have 2 sweet pups and am always cautious about indoor plants. Thank you for all of these recommendations. I guess I must go shopping now. 😊

  6. Image for Donna Donna

    I've been looking for faux plants that are realistic; but have found very little and the ones that I have found are too big for how I want to use them.

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