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What’s That Called? A Beginner’s Guide to Popular Plants on IG!

May 8, 2018



If you take a leisurely scroll through Instagram (Get it? Scroll. Stroll. ?) then you’ll notice that the indoor jungle has become a major trend. Accounts like and are inspiring us to bring a little greenery into our homes. And I’m not talking that faux stuff. I mean real, honest-to-goodness, tropical house plants! But unless you’re a plant connoisseur, finding out the names to some of these leafy greens can be quite the challenge. Cause let’s be honest, what are you going to Google? “What is the name of the plant with big leaves?” ? So I’m here to help with a beginner’s guide to some of the most popular house plants on Instagram!

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Monstera Deliciosa

Also known as a split leaf philodendron or swiss cheese plant, the Monstera has become so popular on the Gram that it even has it’s own hashtag: ! It’s easily recognizable by its large, glossy leaves with deep splits and holes. This plant is easy to grow and under the right conditions can double and triple in size. It does best in high humidity with indirect sunlight. Keep in mind the Monstera Deliciosa (like most tropical plants) is poisonous to animals.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Fiddle Fig or Ficus Lyrata is the cool kid of Instagram. Yet probably one of the most finicky house plants that I own. With large veiny leaves, this tree needs lots of bright, indirect sunlight and regular dusting to stay healthy. Avoid drafty areas or moving the plant around too often. (Even for photoshoots!) Keep the Fiddle Fig’s leaves moist and happy by misting them every other day.

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Snake Plant

Commonly referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue or sansevieria, the snake plant is perfect for people who can’t keep anything else alive! Known for their long, hardy leaves (that look like tongues ?), this plant acts as an air purifier to improve your home’s air quality. The best part is that snake plants seem to thrive when you forget about them! They do well in indirect light but can even tolerate the lowest of light conditions. Just be sure to put them in a pot with a drainage hole to avoid root rot.

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Pothos Plant

Sometimes known as Devil’s Ivy the Pothos is a vining plant that can withstand low light conditions. They come in many different varieties. Some of my favorites being: Neon and Satin. Pothos are such a common plant that you can often find them at your local Lowes or Home Depot. They can survive in both soil or water and are super easy to propogate. Avoid ingestion as they are toxic to animals and children.

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The fern is another plant that comes in many varieties. It is easily recognizable by it’s feathery leaves that almost look like a head of hair! Great for outdoors, they prefer shade over direct sunlight. They like an evenly moist soil with regular waterings. So be ready to soak your fern in the tub or sink in order to keep it happy and healthy! They love high humidity so mist them often.

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Bird of Paradise

Also referred to as a Strelitzia, the bird of paradise is a statement plant with it’s large paddle-shaped leaves. Even indoors, these tropical plants can reach a height of 6-7 feet! Unlike the outdoor varieties, an indoor Bird of Paradise plant rarely blooms. It requires very bright sunlight and in the Spring and Summer be sure to keep the soil moist. My tip? Invest in a grow light! It’s the best thing I ever did for my Bird of Paradise!

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Rubber Tree

Formally called the ficus elastica, the rubber tree has quickly overtaken the fig tree in my book, Why? Cause it’s just so dang easy to maintain! With it’s dark green (and sometimes pink!) leaves, this plant loves bright but indirect sunlight. Keep the rubber tree moist with consistent watering and misting. And the best part? You can cut off the top in order to encourage branch growth! ?

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Fun fact: all cacti are succulents but all succulents aren’t cacti! These bad boys are perfect for neglectful plant parents because they don’t need a lot of water or care! Put them in bright, indirect sunlight (just like people, plants can get sunburnt), and only water them when the soil is completely dry. There are many different types of cactus and some even flower!

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Majesty Palm

I had a palm plant once before I killed it faster than you can say ravena rivularis (It’s formal name). Not for the faint of heart, the Majesty Palm requires bright indirect light at all times. It must be consistently kept moist – try not to let it dry out in between waterings! The upside to the palm? It’s a non-poisonous houseplant! So if you’re not easily frustrated and want to test your plant parent skills, give the Majesty Palm a try.


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  • Reply Kalah May 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite are my two Jade Plants. They were my first plants to actually stay alive! Since then they have encouraged my plant collection! I recently bought a fiddle leaf fig as a present to myself for birthing my fourth child! ?

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Yesss Jade plants are awesome Kalah! I killed mine unforunately. 🙂 And can’t wait to hear how your FLF does!

  • Reply Rebecca May 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Love this! You should do more like this, “top non-toxic plants”, “top easiest plants”, etc. As a new (attempting!) pet parent these types of blog posts are so helpful when deciding what to buy next!

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:18 am

      I need to do research on more non-toxic plants… I was surprised to read that the Majesty Palm was! I honestly assumed that most plants were toxic but I’ve never had to worry about it with Opal!

  • Reply Marotza May 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Love this!! I currently own a FLF, BOP, Majesty Palm and Pothos. LOVE THEM ALL

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:17 am

      How’s your Majesty Palm doing? Mine died so fast lol!

  • Reply Jennifer May 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I love my Avocado tree it’s so fun to grow

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:17 am


  • Reply Val May 8, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    My faves are my elephant ears, monsteras, snake plants and pothos. They have not failed me yet and have lasted for years. Ive killed quite a few majesty palms ?. I am on my 3rd flf. I’m determined to conquer this & get it right! Just picked up a rubber tree & a bird of paradise & hoping for good results. This article gave me some needed pointers

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Yayyy you’re gonna love your rubber tree and bird of paradise! Figs are tough and yet I see other people whose are thriving. I think climate plays a huge factor in their growth!

  • Reply Erin May 9, 2018 at 2:35 am

    My favorite are my ZZ plants. So easy to care for.

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Seriously Erin, my ZZ plant has been living in a shadow for a year and it’s still alive!

  • Reply Wendy May 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    My fav is the pathos because none ever died on me! But they don’t grow as fast as the English ivy (but are super susceptible to spider mites ew!)

    Thanks for the run down Emily!

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

      I love my pothos too!! I have about three different kinds!

  • Reply Shavonda May 11, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Awwwwww Emily thank you so much for including Fiona in your roundup!! And MAN ARE YOU RIGHT about the Majesty Palm. I basically treat it like an anual and just budget $16 a year to get a new one for my porch every Spring!??. Those suckers are HARRDDD to keep alive, even for a seasoned plant Mom like me.

  • Reply Sukhi May 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I’m bookmarking this for future reference. This post is so helpful! I always see so many beautiful plants on Instagram and have no idea what they are called. I want a Monstera Deliciosa so bad! Sounds like a spell from Harry Potter 🙂

    • Reply emilyeveryday May 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

      So glad this helps and you’d love a Monstera – they’re fairly easy to take care of and so stunning!! Totally sounds like a Harry Potter spell. 😉

  • Reply Bianca De July 12, 2018 at 6:42 am

    A great post. I didnot even know the names of most of the plants. Snake plant and cactus seem to be a great option. Would like to see read more such posts.

  • Reply Courtney Gorhan March 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Since a few weeks ago, I’ve gone from owning zero plants to know being the proud mother of 9! Mostly ones you’ve featured here so this was so nice to read. I must say, watching them grow new leaves and stems have become such an obsession of mine and I’m not embarrassed to admit that!

    • Reply emilyeveryday March 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      So proud Courtney! Don’t be embarrassed at all – I check in on my plants every morning while the shower is getting hot to see if their is new growth. 😉

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