7 Trendy Faux Houseplants That Look Totally Real

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man surrounded by fake plants at Target

Save on a plant sitter… forever.

These seven incredible faux plants look so real, you’ll fool just about everyone! Even better, no green thumb is required. Read on to see the real plants and their faux counterparts that we love. You’ll be both surprised, delighted, and more importantly, you’re likely to save some money in the long haul!

Here are our 7 favorite faux houseplants that look totally real:

1. Aloe Vera Plant

real vs fake aloe vera plants in white and brown pots

If you didn’t already know, real aloe plants can be used for many beneficial things including skincare, making homemade hand sanitizer, and a plethora of other things!

However, we’ve found these natural beauties aren’t so easy to ship and to get a gorgeous styled aloe plant like the one above, it’s going to cost you. All that said, we’re totally swooning over this impressively realistic-looking one from World Market!

close up of aloe vera plant stems in terracotta planter

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig tree plant

real vs fake photos of fiddle leaf fig trees in baskets

Many people want a fiddle leaf fig tree, but so many have problems keeping the leaves looking healthy (or getting it to grow as big as this faux stunner from World Market).

hand holding a green fiddle leaf fig tree leaf

Whether you want to splurge on a 6.5-foot tree or a slightly smaller 5-foot tree, you can find some very realistic faux fiddle leaf figs!

mini potted fiddle leaf fig trees in gray cement pots on store shelf

Wanna spend even less?

If you’re not a “go big or go home” type of plant lover and definitely don’t want to spend a ton on a huge faux fiddle leaf fig tree then World Market also offers an adorable faux mini version in a trendy cement pot! These look just as realistic as the larger fiddle leaf trees and will look stunning in your home!

3. Yucca Cane tree plant

real vs fake yucca plants in black planter pots

I can’t get over the side by side comparison of these two beautiful plants! Yucca Cane tree plants are a great way to add tropical vibes to your home, and Cost Plus World Market’s gorgeous faux one gets the job done and then some!

tall double yucca tropical plant in two toned basket on floor with dresser and wicker chair next to it

The attention to detail stems all the way from the roots to the tips of the long leaves. Your guests aren’t even going to realize this one isn’t soaking up sunlight and the best part, this one already comes full-grown, whereas the real one will take a labor of love.

4. Birds of Paradise or banana leaf plant

woman with two tall banana leaf tree plants on brick floor

Speaking of tropical plants, Banana Leaf plants get ALL of the heart eyes from me! 😍 And I can’t get over how real this faux Banana Leaf plant looks! The leaves are perfectly detailed and split to look just like the real ones.

While the faux plant isn’t quite as tall or big as the real one Collin has, it’s pretty nice that it can go in more places and not completely overpower your space. Plus, there’s the fact that you don’t have to worry about keeping it alive, so there’s that. 😏

woman holding large green plant leaves

5. String of Pearls plant

string of pearls in white and gold potted planters

Bookshelves everywhere are calling for a cute string of pearls for the perfect touch of greenery! While a real string of pearls isn’t super difficult to care for since they’re part of the succulent family, the faux one looks identical to the real thing!

bookshelves filled with books plants and other decor

That said, we’re team “set it and forget it”. As one reviewer shared, it looks incredibly cute among her shelves and blends in perfectly. Plus, from far away or even up close, no one will even know it’s faux!

close up of string of pearls plant in blue pot

Hip Tip: Want another faux option? We found this potted string of pearls at World Market, which is just a few dollars more than our Target pick. We’re even loving the pot they put it in at our local store! 😍

6. Pilea “Chinese Money” Tree Plant

real vs fake potted plants with round green circle leaves

Want the cutest little plant on the planet?! Well, Target’s got it! New to their line of faux houseplants, this little cutie happens to be under $5! While this plant is on the smaller side, it has a price that’s unbeatable and it will make for such a cute accent to anyone’s decor.

two small green plants with round leaves in gray pots sitting on table with candles

Even though some of the reviews online don’t favor this plant once it hit the shelves, we’ve seen it for ourselves in person and it’s even cuter than the photos! We’re in love with its small size, the cute round leaves, and the organic, imperfect pot it comes in. We can’t get enough of this cutie!

7. Airplants

real vs. fake green air plant on gray bakcground

Airplants are unique in that they literally only need just that – air! How cool! However, real ones still need bright, indirect sunlight and an occasional spritz of water so while they’re fairly simple to maintain, some people might prefer the no maintenance faux version. At World Market, you can score a pack of 2 large ones for just under $15 each!

pink and green air plants in wooden world market box

That may not seem like a total steal, but you can assure these air plants will be large in size when you receive them (not typical of most air plants you’ll find), gorgeous in color, and although real ones take minimal maintenance these are completely hassle-free!

Place them in decorative glass terrariums or place them on a shelf for display – you won’t ever have to worry about these faux ones dying on ya. 😉

Did you know we have a whole tips & savings page dedicated to plants?! 😍

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 12

  1. Patti

    I bought a few very real looking plants at Big Lots for $10.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Nice find, Patti! I haven’t been to the Big Lots near me in awhile! I’ll have to stop in real soon!

      • GimmeMoreMakeup

        I have wondered at times why I don’t hear about more deals from Big Lots or Ollie’s or other places like that. Is it because those places maybe don’t have a “brick & mortar” store in most major cities/states? (I’m not saying that they do or don’t, I don’t know. Just curious).
        I’ve found great deals at the Big Lots near me – Elkton, MD – as well as at our local Ollie’s. However, I’ve never bought any faux plants, probably because they weren’t selling them when I was there.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi there! We do share any HOT Big Lots deals over here – https://hip2save.com/save-money-with/big-lots-coupons/

          Ollies is a Pennsylvania based store. They only have about 5 locations. I’m in PA and I do enjoy browsing my location. Hope this helps! Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Cheryl

    Great article! Any information on the “real” string of pearls white, square pot? It’s adorable!

    • Sara

      Thank you so much, Cheryl! I’m glad you enjoyed this post so much! Here are those super cute planters that you asked about.

      • Cheryl

        Thank you!

    • GimmeMoreMakeup

      You can screenshot the photo and then use your phone to do a photo search. I’ve found several items that I liked, either online or on TV, and found the item (or one similar) this way. Good luck!!

  3. Linda

    Big Lots does have a lot of great fake plants in terrific pots. Also, I purchased a real aloe plant last week at Aldi for $3.99 in a gray terracotta pot. Also, around Father’s Day, picked up a real money tree from Aldi for $6.99. You only have to give it three ice cubes every week for watering!

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for the tips, Linda. Sounds like you are great at finding great deals on plants. We’ll check the deals out at stores. Thank you!

    • GimmeMoreMakeup

      I love when the Aldi ad comes in the mail each week because of all of the great deals (that aren’t groceries) on the back page. They really do have some nice things for really low prices.

  4. Adison Schultz

    thank you for the info on what plants to buy very helpful. I am planning on buying some soon to redecorate my room.

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