The 31 Best Indoor Houseplants of 2023

Houseplants. The trend that steadily rose with NASA’s clean air study, and has now led us to green walls, urban jungles, and a race for IKEA’s glass cabinets! But whether you’re new to the plant scene, or you’ve been here a while, it’s great to see what kinds of indoor plants are available, trending, and super hot right now. Whether you’re a green thumb or not, you’re sure to find a plant that’s right for you!

So here’s a list of the 31 BEST houseplants of 2023!

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  1. Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Common Name: Snake Plant

Starting off strong for the year is the snake plant! Now, there is a reason why you’ve seen this guy everywhere. He comes in lots of different colors, but more importantly, he comes in lots of different SIZES! This means that he can jazz up a living room with his tall, compact vertical lines, or he can sit, totally happy in a small corner of your desk. Snake plants are also extremely low maintenance, hard to kill, drought-tolerant, and do well in low light. I mean, you really can’t ask for more. He’s definitely a teacher’s pet! Here’s all you need to know for Snake Plant Care!

2. Scientific Name: Aloe vera

Common Name: Aloe vera

This plant has always been a popular plant, but it has seen a huge rise in the interior space. This is in part from the popularity of succulents (Aloe vera plants are a relatively easy succulent to grow indoors). But its popularity has also recently stemmed from the essential oils and home remedies movement. Oh, and as a bonus, it also cleans your air. I mean, how more natural can you get?! This plant literally has healing benefits! And for a bonus, here’s my post on how to care for one of these guys – Aloe Plant Care!

3. Scientific Name: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

Common Name: Mini Monstera

This “Mini Monstera” isn’t actually part of the Monstera family. Instead, this little guy is an “adopted” monstera due to its deeply veined leaves. But this origin story isn’t why people are raving about this plant… instead, it’s because this plant achieves a very similar look of the monstera, without the size. Which is huge!!! (Because it’s so small!!!) This means that people who don’t have a lot of space can now enjoy this tropical look as well!

4. Scientific Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Common Name: ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant is the perfect plant for busy, beginner houseplant owners. This low-fuss personality isn’t the main reason why it rose in popularity, though. The biggest selling point of the ZZ plant is its ability to thrive in low light! So if you have a dark corner that most plants don’t like, then consider this guy for the job! Another added perk… it’s also a semi-succulent. So it doesn’t mind the neglect… it actually prefers to dry out a bit!

5. Scientific Name: Platycerium spp.

Common Name: Staghorn Fern

One plant that has risen in popularity pretty fast is the staghorn fern! This is in part because we stopped looking at houseplants as something you put in a pot on the windowsill. No, this fern is a living piece of art, perfect for any focal wall! So if you’re low on space, but still want to green things up, then think vertical with this stunning fern.

6. Scientific Name: Ficus lyrata

Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig

It’s no wonder that the fiddle leaf fig is still one of our most-used houseplants. It seems every modern interior design has at least one of these included. We, in turn, are trained to see this indoor tree as a symbol of style and design. And you know what? I’m okay with that. This big guy deserves it! I do predict, though, that this ficus might see a bit of a drop in popularity. That’s because once everyone has one (or several), then stores will stop being able to sell them. Which less demand = seeing fewer in stores. So make sure to stock up now! For information on how to keep your fiddle leaf alive, check out my post, Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care!

7. Scientific Name: Tillandsia, sp.

Common Name: Air Plants

I’m going to admit… the majority of air plants themselves aren’t the most beautiful plant ever. I mean, when was the last time you saw one of these lying on a shelf? No, what makes these plants special is the choice of holder you place it in. By personally selecting a holder, you have the chance to add a personal 3-D sculpture to your space that is a majestic blend of inorganic and living elements. And to top it all off, you won’t have to sacrifice much living space to do it either! Here’s How to Care for Air Plants, as well as a bonus post I created on How to Water Air Plants… the right way!

8. Scientific Name: Epipremnum aureum ‘Golden’

Common Name: Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos has been a popular houseplant for many years and I don’t think it’s going to go down in popularity any time soon. This is because this GORGEOUS vine is also good at boosting indoor oxygen levels, can do well in low light, and can tolerate a good amount of inconsistent moisture! So if you’re looking for an amazing, easy-to-grow indoor plant, then grab one of these! And, here’s everything you need to know to care for this plant in my post Pothos Vine Care… which includes free printable care pages!

9. Scientific Name: Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’

Common Name: Marble Queen Pothos

The Marble Queen pothos used to be overshadowed by its “Golden” big brother. But not anymore! With some modern design trends focusing on clean, white lines, (or lighter shades of just about everything), this white variety of pothos has re-emerged in a big way! Just remember, though, that it needs plenty of bright, indirect light in order to keep its white variegation! And if you missed it in the previous clip, here’s everything you need to know about Pothos Vine Care!

10. Scientific Name: Euphorbia trigona

Common Name: Royal Red Cathedral Cactus

The Royal Red Cathedral Cactus definitely lives up to its elegant name! This cactus blends deep purples and reds, giving it a soft, almost tropical look that can be successfully paired with desert plants, as well as tropicals! Either way, this cactus is definitely on my wishlist this year!

11. Scientific Name: Varies

Common Name: Ferns (Multiple species)

Aside from the Staghorn fern, I thought it was important to mention ferns as a general category. That’s because we’ve seen a HUGE increase in both popularity, as well as the number of different species that are widely available today. Some common ones are the Boston fern, Kimberly Queen, Maidenhair, Rabbit’s Foot, and Kangaroo Paw… just to name a few! If you have high humidity levels, then you should definitely add one of these ferns to your space!

Common Name: Jade Plant

Jade plants have always been popular houseplants, but with the rise of succulents, jade plants are now even more common in our homes. This is as plant parents have wanted plants that require less watering. But it has also come as the Portulacara “jade” plants have become better known. This new type of jade plant has brought more colors and shapes to the previously boring, green Crassula variety. Because who doesn’t want a “Rainbow Jade”?!

13. Scientific Name: Beaucarnea recurvata

   Common Name: Ponytail Palm

This lesser-known palm tree has become one of the favorites of the bohemian decorating style. With long, curvy leaves that know how to make a statement, the ponytail palm is definitely the free spirit of the family! Just make sure that if you’re displaying this plant in your boho space, that you pair it with an equally fab and trend-setting pot. Do this, and you’ll be sure to have tons of envious friends! (Oh, and be sure to keep your cat away! They love this edible palm!)

14. Scientific Name: Ficus elastica

Common Name: Rubber Tree

Rubber trees are one of those plants that I can see go either way for popularity. I believe it’s because most people don’t trim their trees, leaving it looking like a tall, spindly stalk of leaves. But if done right, (with pruning and turning), then this guy can actually be a stunning houseplant! Then, add in its super easy care routine to its gorgeous leaf colors, and I could see this guy taking off! Check out how to easily keep it alive in my post, Rubber Tree Plant Care!

15. Scientific Name: Philodendron xanadu

Common Name: Xanadu Philodendron

You know, I’m not really sure why the Xanadu philodendron has become so hugely popular lately. It’s similar to the re-emergence of high-waisted jeans… I just don’t get it. But if you’re a fan of the crinkled leaves, then by all means, go for it! Although it’s not my favorite, I can’t argue with its ability to quickly make any space feel like a chic, urban jungle!

16. Scientific Name: Saintpaulia ionantha

Common Name: African Violets

African violets have been seen everywhere lately, but I’m not sure if it’s the actual appearance of this plant that has caused the popularity, or if it’s just widely sold as one of the few flowering houseplants. Either way, the biggest thing to watch out for with African violets is that you NEED to purchase a healthy plant. If there are any signs of mold or a mushy stem or leaves, then don’t buy it. These plants aren’t always the easiest to keep alive, especially if you buy a sick plant to begin with. But if you do manage to keep this guy alive, then enjoy your flowers for years to come! Here’s exactly how to care for it… African Violet Plant Care!

17. Scientific Name: Aglaonema sp.

Common Name: Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreens are one of my favorite houseplants to grow, and it’s not surprising that it’s made the list of the best houseplants! This is because Chinese evergreens come in all different leaf patterns and colors like green, white, red, and even pink! Needless to say, if you want to add a splash of color to your interiors, then this easy, low-maintenance plant is the one to choose!

18. Scientific Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Common Name: Raven ZZ Plant

The Raven ZZ is the newly-introduced black-leaf variety of the regular ZZ plant. Not only is it a beautifully dark shade, but it’s also a bit more compact and shorter than its also a bit more compact and shorter than its green brother. This, combined with its low light and little water requirements makes it perfect for those small desks or shelves that just need a little extra something!

19. Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum

Common Name: Peace Lily

This plant is extremely popular, and has always been extremely popular. This is because its large, dense leaves can really green up a space fast! And, this plant is very forgiving if you forget to water for a bit. If you see it start to droop, add water, and watch as it springs back to life in no time!

20. Scientific Name: Tradescantia albiflora

Common Name: Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantias were fading in most indoor plant scenes. Until the Nanouk came along. This pink and cream variety has caused a re-birth for the “Wandering Jew” plant. Now you can see both the pink and purple varieties draping down their hanging baskets along several storefronts. Though, with its difficulty in staying alive, we’ll see if this picky houseplant will maintain its current fame. *Hint: If you have one, give it tons of bright, indirect light, and let it dry out between watering. Don’t keep it too wet, and it will thank you!!!*

21. Scientific Name: Hedera helix

Common Name: English Ivy

English Ivy has been a popular houseplant for years! That’s because it’s relatively easy to grow, it does well in low light, and it looks good in hanging baskets, up moss poles, or pretty much anywhere else! Then throw in the several variegated varieties that have been coming out, and there’s just no way to beat this classic houseplant!

22. Scientific Name: Dracaena marginata

Common Name: Madagascar Dragon Tree

The Madagascar Dragon Tree is another classic houseplant that is still found in many homes. However, I’m not sure if this one will continue in popularity for too much longer. It can sometimes be difficult to water (as it is easily over-watered). This is making it be quickly being upstaged by its relatives, the corn plant, the Janet Craig Dracaena, and the Warneckii. Only time will tell if one of these dracaenas will become like the Fiddle Leaf Fig of the Ficus family…

23. Scientific Name: Haworthia, spp.

Common Name: Transparent Haworthia

Another houseplant that has been popular lately is the Transparent Haworthia, also called Windows Haworthia, or simply just Haworthia. Many social media images have shown off these translucent succulent leaves, causing the succulent community to go green with desire! And, although these leaves aren’t always as see-through in person, these Haworthias are still a stunning piece of nature that every plant lover can show off with pride! And remember, this little guy doesn’t NEED the bright light that it’s brother, the zebra plant loves. The windows haworthia can settle for only morning or evening sunlight. Its leaves are made to optimize light after all!

24. Scientific Name: Philodendron ‘Birkin’

Common Name: Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron covers a very large group of houseplants, but the Birkin variety has become extremely popular the last few years. This is in part because it has started to be widely sold throughout the United States as part of the Costa Farms Tropicals collection. But availability isn’t the only reason why people bought this plant. It is also because this plant’s beautiful striped leaves has everyone falling in love at first sight!

25. Scientific Name: Maranta spp.

Common Name: Prayer Plant

Prayer plants have also seen a resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years. The Kerchoveana Minima in particular can be found in most garden centers as it’s large leaves and dark spots make it look stunning and full, even in a small 3 inch pot!

26. Scientific Name: Monstera Deliciosa var.

Common Name: Variegated Monstera

There are several different types of variegated Monstera plants, but regardless of the type of variegation, they are all highly sought after… (almost comparable to toilet paper at the start of the COVID lockdown!) Fortunately, growers have caught on to this fad and have been producing even more of these gorgeous monsteras. Which means that you can now find some varieties for just a couple hundred dollars… (talk about the rare diamonds of the houseplant world!!!)

27. Scientific Name: Begonia spp.

Common Name: Begonia

While Begonias aren’t new to the popular plant scene, begonias as houseplants has really been coming back hot! Ranging in colors from reds to purples to whites (and don’t get me started on the spotted begonias!), these leaves look like they belong on a set from The Mandalorian! So if you’re looking for something unique, then definitely check out this year’s begonias!

28. Scientific Name: Calathea spp.

Common Name: Peacock plant

Calathea plants encompass many different varieties and styles that are often called peacock plants, prayer plants, and even rattlesnake plants. But it’s the beautiful markings on these leaves that people just can’t resist! Calathea can be difficult to grow (since it requires lots of humidity) but if you have the right conditions, this plant will be a show-stopper!

29. Scientific Name: Monstera adansonii

Common Name: Swiss Cheese Vine

This Monstera is the vine version of the Monstera deliciosa. The Swiss Cheese vine has risen in popularity as it has a similar look to the Swiss Cheese plant, but it has smaller leaves and an upright or hanging form that is a much better option if you don’t have the space for it’s bigger brother. Talk about houseplants that can fit into small spaces!

30. Scientific Name: Stromanthe sanguinea 

Common Name: Tricolor Stromanthe

This is another houseplant that plant lovers just have to add to their collection! With each leaf a different pattern of creams, pinks, and greens, it’s hard to believe that this plant is real! But just be careful, because this little girl is definitely a diva… so I would only recommend it to people who are at least at an intermediate level in houseplant care. For care instructions for this plant, check out this post on Stromanthe Plant Care.

31. Scientific Name: Cordyline spp.

Common Name: Ti Plant

Ti plants are usually grown outdoors, but they have been recently building in popularity as indoor plants. This is because of their bright colors and the tropical vibes they bring to any space. Just keep them in a sunny window and give them plenty of water (in a well-draining pot of course), and these leaves will stay bright and colorful. So if you want some beachy vibes, then ditch the driftwood, and bring your space to life with a few Ti plants!

This is it for my list of the 31 best indoor houseplants of 2022! If you liked this post, then feel free to share it to your favorite social media platform, or join the Facebook group Houseplants for Plant Killers to get personalized plant care tips and help! Then, for more houseplant ideas, check out my post, 10 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants, to find a list of plants that are perfect for any beginner houseplant parents!

Happy Digging!

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