There’s a good reason why you’ll find over 6 million posts on Instagram under the “Houseplants” hashtag.
Several years ago, it would have been unlikely to predict that one day we’d have plant influencers dancing around with a pothos in their arms while viral songs play in the background. These days? it’s just an average day scrolling through. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or just throw a spritz of water at a succulent now and then, there’s a houseplant for everyone. The team from the UK’s Hometree searched through thousands of hashtags to determine the most photographed and popular houseplants around the world, and they’ve shared their findings.
The most popular plant to pop up on Instagram? That’d be the cactus, which showed up with a whopping 23,948,259 hashtagged posts. We’re guessing that prominence has quite a bit to do with how easy these prickly plants are to care for.
The number two slot went to the Hoya, with 2,002,578 hashtagged posts. Known for its distinctive waxy almond-shaped foliage and scented flowers, the Hoya is basically screaming for its photo to be taken. It’s basically a thirst trap for plants.
In the number three slot is the holy grail of Instagram plants, the monstera. Commonly referred to as the Swiss cheese plant, the dark green beauty with holes in some of its leaves has become a mainstay of home decor in recent years. And with 1,653,211 hashtagged posts on Instagram, you can find a photograph of one faster than you can find a Millennial pink velvet couch. (But they’re often placed side by side, of course.)
Easy to grow and care for, the philodendron took the number four slot with 797,169 hashtagged posts on Instagram. With nearly 500 species of the fan favorite, philodendrons are extremely popular and varied, and are known for how fast they grow.
Rounding out the top five are ferns, with 613,956 posts. Anyone who has seen the classic 2003 film “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is familiar with this group of plants, since Kate Hudson’s character, Andie, gives Matthew McConaughey’s character Ben a “love fern.” There are many kinds of ferns, from Boston, to maidenhair, to staghorn, to bird’s nest.
While those are the most popular plants on Insta, the least popular ones deserve a shoutout, too. In their rankings of the 28 most photographed plants, the penultimate spot went to the Moth Orchid, often known by its formal name, Phalaenopsis. (It’s possible that its lack of posts has to do with how many people struggle to keep them alive!) In dead last is the Lemon Lime Dracena, known for its neon yellow and green leaves. The LLD only racked up 1,311 hashtagged posts, scoring it a spot at the bottom of the list. Of course, this doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the beauties, and could be an interesting addition to your plant family.
Certainly, there are plenty of rare and exotic plants that didn’t make Hometree’s rankings. But you don’t need anything unusual to find the beauty in a little bit of greenery. In fact, the Journal of Physiological Anthropology published a study that stated plants in your home or office can make you feel more soothed by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity. And it’s safe to say that’s something we all could use.