America’s 12 Most Popular Houseplants According to Google Trends

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We analyzed the Google Trends data to find out the Most Popular Houseplants in the United States of America. This list will surprise you!

Trends are for everything, and even the plants are a part of them! After having a look at the analysis done by the furniture company Joybird, we revisited the Google Trends Data for the year 2020 and made a list of 12 Most Popular Houseplants in American states!

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Most Popular Houseplants

1. Aloe Vera

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Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis

Popular In: Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia

What Makes it So Popular: Medicinal properties, air-purifying capabilities, low maintenance

Aloe vera is the number one houseplant, and its popularity is unmatched. Americans love growing it indoors.

Here are some exceptional science-backed benefits of Aloe vera

2. Succulents

Popular In: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, California

What Makes them So Popular: Easy to care and maintain, low watering needs, and shallow roots

Succulents also hit the charts with Jade Plant, Panda Plant, Christmas Cactus, Burro’ Tail, and Hens-and-Chicks. But what’s more interesting is the people of Alaska search for succulents more than any other indoor plant.

Here are some of the rarest succulents

3. Snake Plant

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Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Popular In: West Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Kansas, Utah

What Makes it So Popular: Can grow in low light, many varieties, low maintenance

The snake plant came second in the Joybird list, but our analysis shifted it to number 3. This versatile plant looks great in homes, and the dwarf varieties become great tabletop centerpieces. Check out its many varieties here.

Want to grow snake plants indoors? Click here

4. Pothos

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

Popular In: Oregon, Columbia, Washington, Vermont

What Makes it So Popular: Low maintenance, tolerance to low light, health benefits, oxygen-producing houseplant

Pothos is as popular as a snake plant. Maybe because not only it’s a low maintenance houseplant, but it also removes pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from the air. Read about all the amazing benefits here.

Want to grow pothos indoors? Here’s all the information you need

5. Philodendron

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Botanical Name: Philodendron

Popular In: Montana, Washington, Oregon, Alaska

What Makes it So Popular: Attractive foliage, tropical appearance, easy to grow

Many varieties to choose from, the heartleaf philodendron, is most popular among all. What makes philodendron so popular is its adaptability–It can grow indoors in both hot and cold climates.

Check out our article on growing philodendron indoors here

6. Peace Lily

Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

Popular In: Alabama, North Dakota, Nebraska

What Makes it So Popular: Air-purifying plant, lush foliage, and bracts

If you’re looking for an indoor plant that induce calmness and reduces carbon-di-oxide effectively, grow peace lily. Also, have a look at its amazing benefits here.

7. English Ivy

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Botanical Name: Hedera helix

Popular In: Rhode Island, Delaware, Indiana

What Makes it So Popular: Improves air quality, spiller, foliage shape, low care

Looks like the trailing ivy houseplant is very, very popular. What makes it so desirable is probably the way it adds a touch of green in indoor space.

8. Peperomia

Botanical Name: Peperomia

Popular In: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine

What Makes it So Popular: Drought tolerant, ornamental foliage, many varieties

Peperomias look so good indoors and their small size and easy to grow nature make them well-liked among indoor plant growers. Some of the best peperomia types are listed here!

9. Calathea

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Botanical Name: Calathea

Popular In: New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New York

What Makes it So Popular: Stunning bold foliage, unique markings, low light

When it comes to ornamental houseplants, no one can beat the aesthetic calatheas. We also added them to our list of beautiful houseplants.

Here is all you need to know on growing calathea indoors

10. Bromeliad

Botanical Name: Bromeliaceae

Popular In: Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana

What Makes it So Popular: Toleratent to low-light, air-purifying ability, ornamental flowers

Bromeliads are one of the most gorgeous houseplants and people from Florida and Hawaii love growing them. Pick the best one from its varieties here

Here’s all the information you need to grow bromeliad indoors

11. African Violet

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Botanical Name: Saintpaulia

Popular In: New Hampshire, Montana

What Makes it So Popular: Low light plant, colorful flowers

African violets have been in the top charts as a houseplant for decades. The colorful blooms and plumped green foliage make for an eye-candy addition in any room!

Check out our article on growing African violet indoors here

12. Lucky Bamboo

Botanical Name: Dracaena sanderiana

Popular In: Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin

What Makes it So Popular: Considered to bring good fortune, easy to grow, compact size

One of the most popular houseplants, it has earned that tag because of its easy to maintain nature! What’s more? You can even grow it in the water! It also has benefits that you can read here

Here’s all the information on growing lucky bamboo

Other Popular Indoor Plants Worth Mentioning

According to Joybird

Image Credit: Joybird

Apart from the plants made in the list above–Spider Plant, Ponytail palm, Chinese evergreen, Jade plant, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and Kalanchoe are also very popular.

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