15 Fake Houseplants That Look Like the Real Thing

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Adding houseplants to your home is a quick way to breathe some life into your space. From trendy monstera plants to more traditional ferns, greenery can add a pop of color to any room, introduce a bohemian vibe to your space, and may even help detoxify the air. Though there are many low-maintenance options to choose from, some of us just can't seem to remember a watering schedule or how much direct sunlight our pothos should get (hint: preferably not much).

Enter: fake houseplants.

Though you may assume fake plants look plastic and cheap, some of our favorite brands (CB2! West Elm!) have created their own versions, and you guessed it, they're totally chic. For the homeowner who wants the look of plants without any of the upkeep, these are for you.

Scroll through to see our favorite fake houseplants that will transform your home into a jungle oasis with absolutely none of the work.

faux rubber tree
Urban Outfitters Potted Faux Rubber Tree $60.00

For those of you looking for a major design statement, look no further than this faux rubber tree. It looks great nestled in a woven basket or funky ceramic planter.

faux fern
World Market Faux Fern Kokedama Hanging Decor $30.00 $22.00

Hanging planters are a great way to add dimension and interest to your space. These faux versions add a cheerful, mossy element to any room and come in a "ready-to-hang" set of three.

faux fern
West Elm Faux Potted Fern $150.00

What do we love most about fake plants? You can place them anywhere without worrying about sunlight. Brighten up a dark corner with this potted fern or place it right by a window—it will survive either way.

faux target cactus
Target Opalhouse Artificial Cactus $25.00

You can always count on Target to come through with affordable trends. Bring a touch of Palm Springs energy to your home with a sleek potted cactus. A basket and fake plant for just $25? Target, you've outdone yourself.

faux succulent copper box
CB2 Faux Potted Succulent with Copper Pot $13.00

This too-cute succulent comes in a geometric copper pot, which will bring just the right amount of glam to any succulent collection. Consider copper a new neutral; it will blend seamlessly with your other pots.

faux eucalyptus
CB2 Potted Faux Eucalyptus Plant $40.00 $30.00

If you're looking to recreate a soothing spa scene at home, this faux eucalyptus plant is the way to go. This version comes in a stunning gold ceramic planter and isn't poisonous to your pets like the live version.

faux bird of paradise
World Market Faux Bird of Paradise $180.00

For those craving a bohemian abode, add this faux bird of paradise to the mix. Standing at 5 feet tall, this striking plant would pair perfectly with a woven basket planter for major boho vibes.

faux yucca plant
Urban Outfitters Yucca Potted Faux Tree $169.00

Though real yucca trees can grow up to 10 feet tall, this version stands at a stately 6 feet. It's the perfect height to add a major design statement to your apartment, even if you don't have insanely high ceilings.

Target Artificial Dotted Begonia Plant
Target Opalhouse Artificial Dotted Begonia Plant $25.00

This artificial begonia plant has all of the intricate dotting you would expect, and comes in a sweet wicker basket. Add to a bookshelf, coffee table, or mantel for a lively look.

CB2 Faux Monstera Plant
CB2 Faux Potted Monstera Plant $70.00

Bring this trendy plant home without having to worry about its temperamental nature. This CB2 version of the "swiss cheese plant" has the look you love without any of the hard work.

west elm faux fiddle leaf fig plant
West Elm Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant $200.00

This fiddle leaf fig plant imitator is handcrafted, meaning each leaf is cut, painted, and assembled by hand to create an authentic looking replica. Plus the branches are bendable, so you can position your plant exactly how you'd like.

Jamali Garden Faux Succulents
Jamali Garden Mixed Artificial Succulents In Cement Pot $12.00

We love this mixed succulent look. It's striking enough on its own to act as a centerpiece, or you can pair it with other succulents to add dimension to your collection.

artificial snake plant afloral
Afloral Fake Potted Snake Plant $78.00

Though real snake plants are notoriously hard to kill, this faux version will outlast them all. The variegated leaves look just like the real thing, and you won't have to worry about accidentally overwatering it.

set of 4 fake succulents
Afloral Mini Fake Succulents (Set of Four) $19.00

Mix these imposters in your real succulent garden and no one will be the wiser. Place them on a window sill for a pop of greenery or scatter them around your home as interesting objects.

Artificial Plants Hanging Tradescantia Houseplant
Afloral Artificial Plants Hanging Tradescantia Houseplant $25.00

If you love the look of trailing vines but wouldn't know where to start with a pair of pruning shears, this faux hanging tradescantia plant is for you. No maintenance required. Hang above your bed as a DIY headboard or place on a bookshelf for an eye-catching display.

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