Introducing The UK’s Favourite Houseplants


The ongoing coronavirus lockdown has seen online searches for houseplants sore, according to new research from apartment rental brand Essential Living.

It’s perhaps no surprise that we’re doing our bit to bring the outside inside while our movement is still restricted.

Not only will they bring some much-appreciated colour to a room, many also have health benefits. These include:

  • improving mood
  • helping to reduce blood pressure
  • helping to reduce fatigue and headaches
  • improving attention span

So what have we been buying to spruce up our homes?

Essential Living’s study ranked the top five houseplants based on UK search volume, Instagram hashtag data and lockdown popularity increase.

  1. Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata)
  2. Cactus (Cactaceae)
  3. Peacock Plant (Calathea Sanderiana)
  4. Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)
  5. String of Hearts (Ceropegia)

The Snake Plant not only tops the list, it’s online popularity has increased a massive 116.3% since lockdown began.

Digital Ed Iain has been ahead of the curve on this one, with several dotted around his flat already . . .


Photograph by Claire McDonald.

Do you have any of the top five plants in your home?

They’re certainly a worthwhile — and often low-maintenance — investment!

The DC Thomson Shop is currently unable to deliver any houseplants. But there are plenty of outdoor greenery options available! Click here to take a look.

Click here for some gardening hints, tips and tricks from “The People’s Friend”.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.