These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now

Plants give us something to nurture while nurturing us back in return. Discover some of the most popular plants on Instagram these days.

By: THURSD. | 13-10-2021 | 5 min read
Indoor Plants
Several years ago we would have thought it unlikely to see plant influencers dance around with a sansevieria in their hands, playing viral music in the background on an Instagram story. Nowadays? It's just an everyday thing you scroll through on your feed. We're all crazy about houseplants and the trend for growing tropical greens indoors isn't about to go anywhere. So what are the most popular houseplants you can add to your own collection?

Popular Houseplants That Get the Most Love Online

Among the plethora of popular houseplants of Instagram, the UK-based site, was curious about which ones in particular were the most beloved, so they decided to crunch some numbers. Humans have been bringing the outdoors in by means of potted plants for centuries – and is it any wonder? Plants give us something to nurture while nurturing us back in return. Scroll down to see some of the most popular houseplants you'll find on your Instagram feed these days. These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now


Hoyas, otherwise known as wax plants or porcelain flowers, are seeing a surge in popularity as houseplants—and all for good reason! Known for its distinctive waxy almond-shaped foliage and scented flowers, the hoya is basically screaming for its photo to be taken. Many folks are attracted to hoyas for their flowers, which are variable across species (and sometimes vary in color within the same species) and often have an array of perfumed scents.
These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now Hoya Hoya houseplant via @urbanjungling


It's no wonder the fern made the list of popular houseplants on Instagram. They do not only look great with their lush leaves but there are also lots of species to choose from within the fern family. Ferns are often thought to be at home in mild, rainy climates, but they are actually a diverse family of ancient, highly adaptable plants, including several that grow in surprisingly difficult conditions. Ferns have an image of being difficult to care for plants, but that couldn't be less true. Learn more about ferns in our article '7 Spectacular Ferns You’ll Want to Add to Your Houseplant Collection'.


Every true plant lover has a monstera in their collection. Not because they are among the most expensive houseplants as well, the monstera simply knows how to make a lasting impression. This tall, tropical plant, also known as the “Swiss Cheese Plant” has uniquely perforated leaves and a vibrant green color that is reminiscent of its native jungle environment. Granted, it’s a beautiful plant, and today, people love a luscious, exotic indoor plant to add to their collection. Did you know the Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata is likely the most expensive plant in the world ever sold?
These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now Monstera Monstera via @doida.por.verdinhas


By far the most popular houseplants on Instagram are cacti. With almost 24 million cacti hashtags, the cactus easily takes the first spot on the list. No wonder, because they do not only look great in a picture, cacti are also relatively easy to care for. The cactus is a type of plant called a succulent. This means that it can store water in its stems, roots, and leaves. Even if it doesn't rain for a long time, the cactus still has water saved up to help it grow. Thanks to its ability to store water, the cactus can live for over a year without rain!


For generations, philodendrons have served as a mainstay in interior gardens. Philodendron care is easy because if you watch for the signals, the plant will tell you exactly what it needs. Even inexperienced houseplant owners will have no trouble growing philodendron plants because the plants adapt readily to conditions inside the home. A popular philodendron variety is the philodendron Bipinnatifidum. With its beautiful vivid green leaves and vigorous growth, it’s quite the eye-catcher.
These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now Philodendron Philodendron McDowell via @sloppyplanting


The 'flowers' of the anthurium are some of the longest-lasting on earth, which means that dazzling color will last in your home for months. The anthurium symbolizes hospitality with its open heart-shaped flower and inspires happiness and abundance, making it no surprise that this beauty made the list of popular houseplants. Originally found in areas of the Andes Mountain range in Colombia and Ecuador, this beauty enjoys a warm spot in your home with a bit of extra humidity.


Pothos, also known as devil’s ivy, is a very undemanding plant that requires little to no care. Whether you’re stuck in a dark cubicle or are bathing in sunlight in your spacious office, this plant will survive. Even when you forget to water it. You can place your pothos plant in soil or in a vase with water, as this plant seems to thrive no matter the circumstances. Just keep in mind that devil’s ivy is poisonous, so hold back on petting your plant, as it could cause a skin rash. You can easily gauge what kind of care it needs by looking at it; yellow leaves mean your pothos plant is overwatered, while a droopy plant is begging you for a drink.
These Popular Houseplants Are Hot on Instagram Right Now Pothos Pothos Scindapsus via @ilive4giggles


Resembling the fan-favorite rubber plant, just tinier, Peperomia are plants in the peppercorn family, Piperaceae. Peperomia are wonderful plants to grow indoors as they have so many features that make them ideal houseplants. With a great variety of beautiful foliage, and tolerating a wide range of growing conditions, they are ideal for anyone looking to expand their collection of houseplants.

Other Popular Houseplants

Other popular houseplants that made the list are the snake plant, peace lily, rubber tree, fiddle leaf fig, spider plant, aloe vera, and string of pearls. Want something other than everyone already has? How about pink houseplants that add a pop of color? Or maybe you will find your perfect plant baby among these 10 of the most wanted rare houseplants.



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