Best indoor plants in Australia

Our team examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings and found the 11 best indoor plants you can buy in Australia right now.

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The best indoor plants in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team chose the indoor plants on this list using real customer reviews. We extensively researched the features that matter when you're comparing indoor plants. We then weighted those features, consumer ratings and price to pick the best products for each category.

Read our full methodology below.

Faux Ivy Leaves Vines

Best artificial vines

Faux Ivy Leaves Vines
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Pros

  • Won't attract insects or pests
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Prone to fading
  • Has an initial plastic smell

Why we chose it

This has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

At $17.99, you can get a set of 12 faux ivy leaves vines that can be used to decorate both indoor and outdoor spaces. They are made of high-quality plastic materials that are vibrant and look realistic.

Faux ivy leaves vines are a fuss-free option if you want to add a splash of colour to your living space. Unlike live ivy vines, these won't attract insects or pests. They are also cheaper. People said the leaves and stems have a glossy, luscious green colour that look realistic. However, the colour fades over time. The vines also have an initial plastic smell, but it goes away after a couple of days.


Artificial Potted Succulents

Best artificial pot plant

Artificial Potted Succulents
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Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Perfect for the office and bedroom

Cons

  • Easily collects dust
  • Some of the leaves aren't realistic

Why we chose it

These artificial succulents have a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

Unlike real succulents, which are sensitive to too much sun exposure and overwatering, artificial ones require little to no upkeep at all. At a little over $14, you can get 3 small faux succulents in pots. Unlike live ones, these won't wither or develop any sunspots. However, they collect dust easily and some of their leaves aren't that realistic as well.


Faux Eucalyptus Hanging Bush

Best artificial hanging plant

Faux Eucalyptus Hanging Bush
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Pros

  • Looks realistic
  • Great for decorating shelves and outdoor spaces

Cons

  • Some of the leaves aren't realistic

Why we chose it

The faux eucalyptus hanging bush is our choice for the best artificial hanging plant and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

It's a great, low-maintenance alternative to a live English ivy. This artificial plant has green fronds that merge into one, making it easy to pot. Each frond also has different lengths to give it a tapered look when hanging. Unlike live plants, the faux eucalyptus hanging bush doesn't overgrow, making it easier to control for decoration.

The faux eucalyptus hanging bush is suitable for people allergic to most hanging plants.


Prayer Plant

Best indoor plant for low light

Prayer Plant
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Pros

  • Can be planted all year round
  • Beautiful leaves with yellow blotches and red veins

Cons

  • High maintenance
  • Prone to spider mites and mealybugs

Why we chose it

The prayer plant has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

It is native to Brazil and has decorative leaves. The most popular variety features deep green leaves with yellow blotches and red veins on the leaf margins. It needs special care to thrive.

Prayer plants are slow growers and often potted in hanging baskets. They grow best in greenhouse-like conditions, requiring partial shade, moisture, airflow and fertiliser. You also need to keep them in rooms with a temperature of 15–21°C. If kept too cool, the leaves will likely suffer from fungal infections. Similarly, if prayer plants are exposed to too much sun, the leaves can develop blotches. They are also prone to spider mites and mealybugs.


Aloe Vera

Best indoor plant for bedrooms

Aloe Vera
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Pros

  • Plenty of health benefits
  • Helps filter the air of solvents

Cons

  • Prone to root rot
  • Not for areas with low light

Why we chose it

With a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Etsy, we selected aloe vera as the best indoor plant for bedrooms.

Aloe vera has many health benefits, making it one of the most useful plants across the globe. As an indoor plant, it requires plenty of bright indirect sunlight. However, it can still grow in a room with artificial lighting. Aloe vera thrives best in areas with a temperature of 13–27°C. Generally, it requires watering every 2–3 weeks in spring and summer and more sparingly in autumn and winter.


Devil's Ivy

Best indoor plant for offices

Devil's Ivy
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Pros

  • Hard to kill
  • Thrives in medium to low light

Cons

  • Can't be exposed to bright, direct sunlight or complete darkness
  • Susceptible to distorted leaf growth and root rot

Why we chose it

For offices, we picked the devil's ivy as the best indoor plant. It has a rating of 5 out of 5 on Etsy.

Devil's ivy is one of the most popular houseplants in the world because it's hard to kill. It can grow up to 6–8 feet horizontally with climbing vines that can grow up to 40 feet. This plant thrives the best in medium indirect sunlight, but can tolerate low light for long periods.

Caring for devil's ivy is pretty straightforward because it can survive in a variety of light conditions. But it won't grow in full direct sunlight or complete darkness. It requires more water during spring and summer. Some of the problems with this plant are distorted leaf growth and root rot.


Snake Plant

Best low-maintenance indoor plant

Snake Plant
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Pros

  • Thrives in bright light or almost darkness
  • Helps purify the air

Cons

  • Not kid- and pet-friendly
  • Easy to overwater

Why we chose it

Snake plant has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

It comes in varying colours, but it usually has green-banded leaves and yellow borders. If you're a beginner, the snake plant is one of the best ones you can grow. It prefers indirect light with some direct sun. However, it's pretty forgiving and can also thrive in dimly lit areas. This plant prefers warm conditions and temperatures from 15–21°C. It needs little watering, especially during winter. But if you have kids or pets, the snake plant may not be for you because all of its parts are toxic.


English Ivy

Best hanging indoor plant

English Ivy
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Pros

  • Can thrive in bright or moderate light
  • Has medicinal properties

Cons

  • Prone to fungal-based stem and root rots
  • Invasive

Why we chose it

English ivy is our pick for the best hanging indoor plant and has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars on Etsy.

It grows best in bright light, but not direct sun. It also thrives in areas with temperatures from 4–10°C. This plant can tolerate medium light as well. It prefers to be on the drier side, so you only need to water it when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

English ivy is a popular ornament, especially during Christmas. It stays luscious and green all year round. Apart from being a beautiful, decorative hanging plant, it has plenty of medicinal benefits. Herbalists use English ivy to treat inflammation, asthma and arthritis among others. It also has properties that are antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial.


Spider Plant

Best cat-friendly indoor plant

Spider Plant
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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Low maintenance

Cons

  • Easy to overwater
  • Prone to necrotic leaf tips

Why we chose it

The spider plant is our recommendation for the best cat-friendly indoor plant available right now in Australia. It's included on the list of non-toxic plants for cats by the ASPCA.

Also known as ribbon plant or airplane plant, the spider plant is safe for both cats and dogs. It features luscious thin, arching leaves, growing up to 1.5 feet. The plant's leaves are either green or striped green and white. The spider plant is low maintenance, preferring light shade and more humid temperature. However, it can still thrive in other conditions, even when neglected for days.

The spider plant is ideally grown in a pot or a hanging container because of its foliage's cascading nature. While this plant likes slightly moist soil, you may need to water it more often during summer and spring. Fertilising twice a month can also help its growth. When overwatered, the leaves will turn black or brown.


Parlor Palm

Best dog-friendly indoor plant

Parlor Palm
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Pros

  • Beginner-friendly
  • Thrives in medium and low light

Cons

  • Vulnerable to aphids, mealybugs and scale
  • Sensitive to overwatering

Why we chose it

For the best dog-friendly indoor plant, we selected the parlor palm. It has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars from over a thousand Etsy reviews. According to the ASPCA, it's non-toxic to dogs (and cats).

The parlor palm is suitable for beginners because it thrives in moderate light and small spaces. It can tolerate low-light conditions but not complete darkness and prefers areas with temperatures of 18–25°C. This plant is sensitive to overwatering and doesn't like being waterlogged, so you might want to err on the side of caution and only water it to maintain an even moisture level.

This plant can survive even when completely away from windows. However, it won't grow as fast compared to ones that are exposed to moderate sunlight. It requires repotting every year for its first few years, ensuring steady growth. It is also susceptible to aphids, mealybugs and scale.


Monstera Deliciosa

Best overall indoor plant

Monstera Deliciosa
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Pros

  • Great for beginners
  • Thrives in humid conditions

Cons

  • Not pet-friendly
  • Wilts easily if soil is too dry

Why we chose it

Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, we picked monstera deliciosa as the best overall indoor plant that you can get in Australia right now. On Etsy, it has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 400 reviews.

Monstera deliciosa is native to North and Central America. It has perforated leaves, thick stems and long aerial roots. When fully grown, the plant's leaves become very large and glossy with a deep green colour. Monstera deliciosa produces flowers with a spadix and edible fruit. However, as an indoor plant, it might not have these flowers or fruits.

Monstera deliciosa thrives in shade and moisture. It only needs watering every 1–2 weeks. But you have to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If you plan to place this plant in a brightly lit area, you might need to water it more often.


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Methodology

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  • We compared over 60 types of indoor plants and chose the 11 best ones.
  • We also assessed hundreds of customer reviews and ratings on Etsy.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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