Skip to main contentSkip to footer

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission. Read our full commerce guidelines here.

The top 10 most-Googled house plants: From the snake plant to the prickly cactus

The most popular houseplants according to Google...

most googled plants
Karen Silas
Senior Lifestyle Editor
Updated: September 2, 2021
Share this:

One of the lasting effects of lockdown is that many of us, even those who don't have a naturally green thumb, discovered our love - and sometimes passion! - for gardening. Whether it's finding the best flowers to plant for spring, or learning how air-purifying plants can turn your home office into a green oasis – we've all tried our hand at being a #plantmum.

MORE: Royals share a look at their gardens

Top 10 most popular house plants according to Google

Budding plant experts have been flocking to the Internet to find out as much as we can about the best plants for our living spaces – and it turns out some plants are much more popular than others! A study by Essential Living revealed the most searched houseplants of 2020, and there are some perennial faves (we see you, cacti!) and also some surprises. So here is a countdown of the top 10 most popular plants…

10. Fiddle Leaf Fig 

Fiddle leaf fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig, 2 x £27.49, Amazon


Named for its violin shaped foliage, this ficus is native to Western Africa.

9. Chinese Money Plant

chinese money plant

Chinese Money Plant, from £8.99, Thompson and Morgan


The Chinese Money Plant is ideal for beginners!

8. String of Pearls

string of pearls thompson

String of Pearls plant, from £8.99, Thompson and Morgan


String of Pearls is possibly the most elegant succulent plant there is.

7. Bird of Paradise

bird of paradise thompson morgan

Bird of Paradise, from £14.99, Thompson and Morgan


This beautiful bird of paradise makes an interesting house plant for a bright, well-lit room.

6. Aloe Plant

aloe plant from amazon

Aloe Vera Plant, £12.99, Amazon


Aloe vera can be used to relieve heartburn, keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and much more.

5. String of Hearts

hanging hearts thompson morgan

String of Hearts Plant, from £9.99, Thompson and Morgan


Pop it on a high shelf and watch the beautiful heart-shaped leaves grow.

4. Prayer Plant

prayer plant amazon

Prayer Plant, £14.99, Amazon


 The Prayer Plant is super easy to care for – and makes an ideal beginners' plant.

3. Peacock Plant

peacock plant amazon

Peacock Plant, £14.99, Amazon


Peacock Plants originate from the Tropics of Brazil and make great additions to houseplant collections.

2. Cactus

cactus yougarden

Indoor Cactus Mix x 3, £9.99, Amazon

Cactus: a very hardy plant that is famously low maintenance...

1. Snake Plant

snake plant

Snake Plant, £7.39, Amazon


A  Snake Plant is said to improve the air quality in your home. It is also known as the less-Googled Mother-in-law's Tongue –  a humorous name for the very popular house plant that originates from West Africa.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.This article has been updated with amended price details.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

More Homes

See more