By Jill Brooke
Research conducted by AllAboutGardening.com analyzed Google Trends data to establish the most Googled houseplant in each American state in the past five years. And guess which one won? The Monstera plant, commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, is the most popular across the nation.
It is also a popular leaf to use in many tropical floral arrangements like those by Beyonce florist Oscar Mora.
But getting back to the study, here are some other details.
The analysis revealed that the Monstera deliciosa had the highest number of states searching for it the most, with a total of sixteen American states, including New York, Ohio, California, and Hawaii. The Monstera deliciosa, more commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant is incredibly popular mainly due to the fact that it’s relatively easy to take care of and rarely gets any diseases – ideal for anyone wanting to get into houseplants.
Other popular houseplants by state
A Ficus lyrata, otherwise known as a Fiddle-leaf fig, was the second most popular houseplant with seven states searching for it more than any other houseplant, including Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee. The plant that can grow up to ten feet tall is a popular choice with the plant thriving in bright spots that aren’t in direct sunlight, making them perfect for many spots throughout the home.
A total of six states searched for a Pilea peperomioides (Chinese money plant) the most, the third-highest number in the research. States with residents searching for the Chinese money plant the most include North Dakota, Oregon, Nevada and Washington. The Pilea peperomioides is perfect for smaller homes as the plant tends to only need a small pot and is similar to the Ficus lyrata in that it likes bright light but not direct sunlight.
Commenting on the study, a spokesperson from AllAboutGardening.com said: “Interest in houseplants has been on a rapid rise since the pandemic began, with people eager reap the benefits of nature within the confines of their homes and houseplants are a perfect way to do this. This data offers a fascinating insight into which houseplants Americans prefer and whether these houseplants will become more of a staple of American homes in the future.”
Furthermore, recent studies continue to confirm what you intuitively know. Having plants around you – which became more popular during the pandemic – improves mental health as well as physical health.
More than half say being surrounded by greenery makes them feel more productive, and 60% say it makes them feel happy in general, while more than two-thirds saying plants are good for their mental health.
“As a botanist, I am captivated by the expanding amount of scientific evidence that supports what this new consumer research reveals – that being with plants may substantially improve both mental and physical health,” said James Wong, an ethnobotanist and garden designer.
Other studies confirming these results include one from NASA research which found that indoor plants clean the air clean by removing toxins. Houseplants remove 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are in everything from rugs and grocery bags to paint and vinyl.
Another study by the Identity Realisation research group at the University of Exeter, in association with Indoor Garden Design found that houseplants increase well-being by 47 percent, increase creativity by 45 percent, and increase productivity by 38 percent.
Furthermore, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, in a study found the University of Agriculture in Norway.
Just more reasons to have as many plants around you as possible.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD, floral editor for Aspire Design and Home magazine and contributor to Florists Review magazine.