Real or Faux: 5 Gorgeous Houseplants and Their No-Maintenance Doppelgängers
Good news: You don't need a green thumb to have beautiful houseplants.
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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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, thesill.com.
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, worldmarket.com.
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), uplicot.etsy.com.
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, worldmarket.com.
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, PistilsNurseryPDX.etsy.com.
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, shop.magnolia.com.
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, target.com.
8 Faux: Air Plant
Low-maintenance air plants are great, but how about this no-maintenance faux version? Even better.
To buy: $15, worldmarket.com.
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, terrain.com.
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, terrain.com.