Good news: You don't need a green thumb to have beautiful houseplants.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated April 26, 2019
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Do you admire houseplant Instagram accounts, even though you know you don't have the time or patience to care for a house full of plants? Or maybe you covet your friend's impressive collection of succulents, knowing full well that they wouldn't make it a week in your care? Whether you lack a green thumb, don't want to add another thing to your to-do list, or travel too often to care for plant babies, there's a solution to your houseplant struggles: fake plants that look just like the real deal. Fake plant decor has come a long way in recent years (here's how to find the most realistic options), so they now look almost identical to live houseplants. To prove it, we've rounded up some trendy houseplants and their fake plant decor doppelgängers—the resemblance is uncanny.

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Trio of real succulents in white pots
Credit: The Sill

1 Real: Succulents

If you dream of having a lush succulent garden living on your kitchen windowsill, this trio of 4-inch plants is the perfect starter set. Choose from planters in four different colors to match your decor. 

To buy: $86 for 3,

Fake plant decor, 3 faux small succulents in pots
Credit: World Market

2 Faux: Succulents

Remembering to water, making sure they get enough sunlight, worrying about them when you go on vacation—nope! These faux succulents are the worry-free way to add beautiful houseplants to your home. 

To buy: $30,

Real string of pearls plant in pot

3 Real: String of Pearls

String of pearls has a distinctive shape, adding visual interest anywhere it's displayed. As it grows, it will hang down dramatically from the pot or suspended planter. 

To buy: $10 (without pot),

Fake string of pearls plant
Credit: World Market

4 Faux: String of Pearls

The same stunning shape as the real deal, this faux version requires no care at all (except for an occasional dusting). 

To buy: $25,

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Real Staghorn Fern plant, mounted on wooden plaque

5 Real: Staghorn Fern

For a sculptural houseplant that doubles as eye-catching wall decor, opt for a staghorn fern. This one arrives already mounted on a wooden board and comes with care instructions. 

To buy: From $48,

Faux staghorn fern in pot
Credit: Magnolia Home

6 Faux: Staghorn Fern

This fake staghorn fern stem not only looks almost identical to the real one above, but it can be either mounted on a plaque or placed in a pot (without the fear of accidentally destroying it in the process). 

To buy: $10,

Real air plant
Credit: Target

7 Real: Air Plant

Air plants are having a major moment right now—and it's not hard to see why. They're beautiful, soil (and mess) free, and relatively easy to care for if you remember to mist them every few weeks. 

To buy: $20,

Faux air plant
Credit: World Market

8 Faux: Air Plant

Low-maintenance air plants are great, but how about this no-maintenance faux version? Even better. 

To buy: $15,

Real olive tree houseplant in pot
Credit: Terrain

9 Real: Olive Tree

This elegant olive tree is sure to become a conversation piece in your home. Just be sure to keep it away from drafts and temperature variations, and water it thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. 

To buy: $48,

Fake olive tree in pot
Credit: Terrain

10 Faux: Olive Tree

The olives on this tree aren't real, but we can pretty much guarantee your guests will be fooled. 

To buy: $68,