These Are the 5 Big 'It' Houseplants You'll See in 2023

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The Spruce / Illustration by Amy Sheehan / Photo by Cori Sears

With 2022 in the rearview mirror and 2023 here, people are thinking about what to change in their lives, including plants — the plants to get fewer of and the plants to get more of. Like every other area of home life, from the living room the walls, there are going to be houseplant trends. And certain group of plants will step up and have their moment in the spotlight as the "it" plants of 2023.

We were curious which houseplants would be hottest this year, were so we reached out to some experts who know what they’re talking about when it comes to all things houseplants. Here are the trendiest plants of 2023 you'll want to get your hands on now.

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    Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’)

    Brasil philodendron vines growing from clay pot

    The Spruce / Cori Sears

    “The philodendron brasil caught a lot of attention throughout 2022 and has many reasons to progress as 2023’s 'it' plant,” said Jilana Thomas, a plant specialist from Grounded, an online plant retailer. “The Brasil, named for sharing colors with the country’s flag, grows lush, trailing vines, fitting an increasingly popular aesthetic in both minimalist and maximalist homes.” They’re vining plants, which make them absolutely beautiful to keep on display, and they're a great choice for someone who loves a pop of color among their houseplants.

    In terms of care, "it’s one of the more forgiving and adaptable tropical plants, only needing bright, indirect light and a fairly consistent watering routine (humidity is a plus)," says Thomas. "Newbies and seasoned caretakers who welcome a philodendron brasil home in 2023 will have a statement piece to ground themselves in and feel proud of for years to come.”

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    Succulent Bulbs

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    Tyler Thrasher

    "Space is becoming a rare resource in the plant collector's home and there's no universe in which the plant collector will stop collecting those sweet, sweet plants,” says Tyler Thrasher, author of Grow a Damn Plant Journal.  “This is why my pick for the 'it' plant(s) of 2023 will be the strange and wonderful succulent bulbs; perfect for the hobbyist with a few windowsill spots to fill. I wouldn't be surprised to see the variegated varieties such as Drimiopsis maculata and the pink and white Ledebouria socialis get some renewed love.” 

    Thrasher makes an excellent point when it comes to space. Many houseplant parents are only growing their collections, which leads to a lack of available surface at home for new plants. Opting for a smaller plant allows you to continue to collect more types. The Drimiopsis maculata and Ledebouria socialis are pretty easy to care for as they’re drought tolerant. 

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    Calathea Rattlesnake (Goeppertia insignis)

    Rattlesnake calathea plant with wavy variegated dark and light green leaves

    The Spruce / Krystal Slagle

    Did you know that the calathea rattlesnake symbolizes new beginnings and good luck? That’s why it was chosen as the 1-800-Flowers.com 2023 Plant of the Year. “This captivating plant, with its distinctive reptilian-like leaves, brings a refreshing vibe to home décor and any plant collection, and encourages us all to embrace a fresh start,” says Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising and self-proclaimed resident plant dad at 1-800-Flowers.com. “Its leaves, which fold at night to reveal a rich burgundy color and relax at sunrise, are emblematic of turning over a new leaf in 2023 and also bring joy and positivity.” 

    While calathea plants can be a little bit finicky, once you’ve got a handle on their watering schedule and have found a nice humid spot for them in your home, they should thrive.

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    Ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis)

    A ficus Audrey in a light wood planter on a black side table against a white wall.

    The Spruce / Cori Sears

    “My prediction for the plant of 2023 is an audrey ficus! It's a cousin to the fiddle leaf fig and is a little less finicky,” says Mandi Gubler, founder of HappyHappyHousePlant. “They can grow into huge statement trees and their sage green velvety leaves are one of a kind!”

    Is there any better combination than a ficus and a plant that isn't finicky? Plus, statement trees are definitely having their moment in coastal grandma decor, and the audrey ficus fits into that aesthetic really well.

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    White Knight Philodendron (Philodendron 'White Knight')

    white knight philodendron

    Nick Cutsumpas / Farmer Nick

    People really love philodendrons, and the popularity isn't going away. “I think the new trendy plant will be the white knight philodendron,” says Nick Cutsumpas, of Farmer Nick. "They have more consistent variegation and can be found at a better price point than the classic monstera albo. It’s a good 'rare' plant for beginners that will go great with your pink princess.”

    These plants love their soil to be moist, so if you do that and keep it in a bright location, it will continue to reward you with gorgeous variegated leaves.