The 7 Best Fake Plants of 2023

The winner is the Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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Best Fake Plants

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

Plants make a lovely addition to any home until they dry out, drop leaves, or die. Realistic-looking fake plants add a touch of green to your living space—no water (or green thumb) required. 

We researched dozens of fake plants from the most popular home sites, evaluating quality, appearance, and overall value. Our favorite, the Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, is full, lush, and set in a sturdy pot. 

Here are the best fake plants available online. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Pot

4.5
Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Pot
What We Like
  • Adjustable branches

  • Lush leaves

  • Large (6 feet tall)

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Leaves may need to be fluffed

Fiddle leaf fig trees are among the most coveted plants around. The only problem? Big ones boast a considerable price point—one that’s tough to justify paying if you know you have a black thumb. Thankfully, there are tons of great faux fiddle leaf fig trees out there, and Wayfair’s Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is one of the most realistic-looking around. 

The tree boasts a series of narrow trunks and thin branches, both of which are dotted with lush leaves. These leaves are fluffable and the branches are adjustable, so you don’t have to leave your tree as-is. Instead, you can customize it until it looks exactly as imperfect and organic as you want it to—and until it suits your space just right.

Price at time of publish: $140

Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 72 inches | Weight: 17.72 pounds | Plant Type: Fiddle leaf | Container Included: Not included

Expert Buying Tip

“Don't skimp on style when it comes to the basket or planter. Skip the look that the plant came with, and nestle that faux plant right into a special pot with special consideration for the scale of the plant. Use some Spanish moss to fill the planter, and consider placing it on a riser inside a large planter or basket to give your plant more presence.”—Betsy Moyer, Co-Founders of Retreat

Best Palm

Nearly Natural 6.5 Ft Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree

4.7
Nearly Natural 6.5 Ft Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree
What We Like
  • Tall (6’5”)

  • Crafted from quality silk

  • Realistic-looking silhouette and leaves

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Ships in 2 pieces, which you have to assemble

Looking to transform your space with the addition of just one faux plant? Nearly Natural’s Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree is up to the task. The plant is a whopping 6’6” tall, so it should make an eye-catching addition to just about any room. And since its leaves are crafted from delicate silk, they promise to look incredibly realistic.

The faux tree boasts three narrow trunks, which feed into a series of 333 palm leaves. That’s a significant amount of faux greenery—and one that promises to leave the tree looking incredibly lush. Our tester found it to be the most realistic of the fake plants she's tried, with easily malleable (albeit, slightly scratchy) leaves and intentional imperfections. "The trunk manages to capture the rubbery feel that some palm leaves can have," she said. "It also stays lifelike by impersonating imperfections, like the brown and yellow that can appear on trunks and branches, so that the tree looks like a natural, healthy plant."

Despite its size, the tree weighs a mere 11 pounds, so it was easy for her to move from room to room. While it does come in a black pot, if you're looking for something with a bit more flair, you might want to swap it out.

Price at time of publish: $169

Dimensions: 45 x 40 x 78 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Plant Type: Palms | Container Included: Yes

Nearly Natural Palm

The Spruce / Joline Buscemi

Best Succulents

Augshy 16-Pack Artificial Unpotted Succulents

Augshy 16-Pack Artificial Unpotted Succulents
What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Variety pack with 16 options

  • Easy to decorate with (individually pot them or group them in a garden)

  • Come in a range of small sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Unpotted

  • More pastel than other comparable options

Succulents are supposed to be easy to take care of—but if you have a serious black thumb, you know that even they can present a challenge. Thankfully, faux succulents abound. And you can often score a bunch of realistic-looking options in a budget-friendly variety pack—like Augshy Store’s 16-Pack of Artificial Unpotted Succulents.

The set comes with 16 different fake succulents, which mimic favorites like hawthoria and echeveria plants. But unlike many other fake plants, these faux succulents come completely unpotted. This would normally be a downside, because it means more work for you. But since we’re dealing with tiny succulents, it’s actually a plus: You can choose whether to pot your succulents individually, or whether to compile them into a low-profile garden. Each faux succulent boasts a sleek, built-in stem, you can easily rearrange them whenever you want to.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: Varies per succulent, 1.5-3.5 inches x 1.6-3.5 inches | Weight: 0.725 pounds | Plant Type: Succulent | Container Included: Not included

Best Monstera

IKEA Fejka Artificial Potted Plant

IKEA Fejka Artificial Potted Plant
What We Like
  • Realistic-looking leaves with splits

  • Available in four different sizes and two colorways

What We Don't Like
  • You can’t customize size and colorway (2 of the sizes come solid, 2 come variegated)

  • Leaves may need to be fluffed

Monstera plants make a beautiful addition to any corner. Thanks to IKEA, you can score a massive faux monstera plant without spending a small fortune.

This faux plant is crafted from a blend of polyethylene and PEVA, both of which are plastic polymers. The two materials work together to form leaves that feel thin, sturdy, and just a little bit shiny—mimicking the look of a live monstera. And since the plant is faux, you won’t have to wait to see “splits” (the holes that make monstera leaves so iconic)—they’ll be there from the start.

What’s more? The faux plant is available in four different sizes, ranging from 3.5–7.5 inches. This flexibility means you can find a faux monstera that perfectly suits your space. Some of the different sizes boast different colorways, so you can choose whether you want a solid or variegated faux monstera plant.

Price at time of publish: $60

Dimensions: 7.5 x 35.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Monstera | Container Included: Pot included

Best Cactus

Pottery Barn Faux Potted Saguaro Cactus

Pottery Barn Faux Potted Saguaro Cactus
What We Like
  • Realistic-looking silhouette

  • Comes in two different sizes and shapes

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Limited customization options

Finding a faux cactus that looks realistic can be a surprisingly challenging task. Thankfully, Pottery Barn sells a Faux Potted Saguaro Cactus that’s just imperfect enough to look real. Hand-crafted from a blend of plastic and cement, the materials are molded to mimic the shape of a true saguaro cactus, with its imperfectly tapered arms and spiky thorns. 

This cactus is available in two different sizes, which vary in shape accordingly. If you’re looking for a statement-maker, you can choose the 55-inch option in its burlap-wrapped plastic pot. Or you can keep things low-profile by choosing the 25-inch cactus that comes in a terracotta pot. Either way, you’re in for a delightful faux plant. (And since the cacti look so different, you could just as easily buy both and put both on display in your home.)

Price at time of publish: $129

Dimensions: 9 x 25 inches (medium), 9.5 x 55 inches (extra large) | Weight: 3.5 lbs (medium), 14.5 lbs (extra large) | Plant Type: Cactus | Container Included: Pot included

Best Hanging

Nearly Nature Artificial Large Boston Fern Hanging Basket

Nearly Nature Artificial Large Boston Fern Hanging Basket
What We Like
  • Fluffy, realistic-looking leaves

  • Lined with unwieldy, realistic-looking stems

  • Comes in a woven planter

  • Built-in hanging rope is thick and strong

What We Don't Like
  • Some leaves may arrive bent, due to packaging

  • May fade if used outdoors

If you’re looking for a hanging plant, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a fern. And it’s even harder to go wrong with an artificial one. Why? If you’ve seen a live fern up close, you know its leaves look thin and papery, so it’s particularly hard to tell faux ferns apart from the real thing. Plus, your faux fern won’t shed or brown at the edges—and that’s always a good thing.

Home Depot’s Artificial Large Boston Fern comes in a woven basket that makes it particularly easy to hang. And it boasts the thin, fluffy leaves you’d expect to find on a real fern. Also nice? The plant is lined with unwieldy stems that stick out here and there. These stems leave the fern looking even more realistic than it already does, making this a faux plant worth investing in.

Price at time of publish: $92

Dimensions: 21 x 48 inches | Weight: 3.4 lbs | Plant Type: Fern | Container Included: Pot not included

Best Aloe

World Market Faux Aloe in Terracotta Pot

World Market Faux Aloe in Terracotta Pot
What We Like
  • Great value

  • Dense leaf clusters

  • Comes in a striking terracotta pot

What We Don't Like
  • Real aloe plants may not be this densely arranged

  • Plant color may be darker in-person

Many faux aloe plants are small and relatively sparse. Compared to these low-profile options, World Market’s Faux Aloe Plant looks veritably majestic. At 5.5 inches wide and 18 inches tall, the plant isn’t particularly massive. That doesn't mean that it won't still attract attention, however: its leaves are arranged so densely that it immediately draws the eye. For a more realistic look, the leaves also vary in size and shape and boast the tooth-like thorns that make aloe plants so distinct.

On its own, this fan-favorite faux plant is worth the investment—but the planter it comes in makes the deal even sweeter. The faux aloe plant ships inside an earthy terracotta pot, which is just as statement-making as the plant itself.

Price at time of publish: $40

Dimensions: 5.5 x 18 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Aloe | Container Included: Pot included

Final Verdict

Our top pick is Wayfair's Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, a large and striking rendition of the hard-to-grow plant. Its leaves and branches are adjustable, so it promises to look more realistic than some stiffer options. Another great option is the Nearly Natural Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree, which our tester found to be easy to arrange and—true to its name—very natural looking.

What to Look for in an Fake Plant

Type

If your top priority is scoring a realistic-looking fake plant, favor ferns, succulents, and other plants that look a little fake—even when they’re not. Be sure to consider plant placement, too. Some fake plants are designed to be hung, and others are designed to sprawl in a corner. Consider what kind of accent you’re looking for, and narrow your selection from there.

Size

Just like live plants, fake plants come in a range of different sizes. So consider how much space you have to dedicate to your faux finds. If you want an accent piece that can dominate a corner, consider a fake tree—like a faux palm or faux fiddle leaf fig. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, you may be better suited by a small faux cactus—or even a collection of teeny-tiny faux succulents.

Pot

Many fake plants come in pots, but some do not. So if you’re expecting a planter, double-check that the plant you’re eyeing comes in one. And if it does come in a planter, pay attention to what material that planter is made out of. (A classic terracotta planter is a stellar find. But a flimsy plastic one? Not so much.)

Imperfections

Very few people buy fake plants wanting something that looks fake. More often than not, they want something realistic—and this means finding a faux plant that doesn’t look unreasonably perfect. So look for fake plants with brown spots, imperfectly shaped leaves, or scraggly branches. And if you can find an option with adjustable leaves and branches—which you can mold into any shape you want—even better. “[Be sure to] take some time to prune and bend the leaves into a more natural presentation after unpackaging,” says Betsy Moyer, co-founder of the experiential design firm Retreat.

FAQ
  • How do you clean fake plants?

    Good news: Fake plants are incredibly easy to clean. All you really need to do is dust them. And if your duster doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, you can wipe down your fake plant’s leaves using a slightly damp cloth.

  • How do you decorate with fake plants?

    Not sure how to decorate with fake plants? Moyer recommends investing in a few high-quality, realistic-looking options—rather than stocking up on every fake plant you can find. “As one of my design clients said (so sweetly and with good reason), ‘My Granny says never put more than one fake plant per room,’” the designers say. “I can abide by granny's words—or I can push it just a little—but I do think she’s right about selecting your opportunities for faux with care and an eye for quality.” 

    To recap, you don’t have to stick to the one fake plant per room rule. But it probably is a good idea to keep your faux plant selection pared-down and focused on quality. And remember, you can always fill your home with a combination of fake plants and live ones.

  • Can you put fake plants outside?

    Some fake plants are suitable for outdoor use, while others are not. (Some artificial plants may fade when put outdoors, which is why they’re marked indoor-only.) Be sure to double-check the care instructions for your favorite faux find—they should tell you whether or not you can put the plant outdoors.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Having lived in many low-lit apartments, The Spruce contributor Lindsey Lanquist appreciates the value of a good fake plant. For this piece, she sought out fake plants with slight imperfections (brown spots, scraggly branches, etc.), adjustable foliage, and great reviews. For additional insight, she consulted with Betsy Moyer, co-founder of the experiential design firm Retreat, along with feedback from The Spruce's own product testers.