Houseplants aren’t just for decoration. For many plant parents, they are another member of the family — leafy and green, but just as lovable. Think about it: You spend hours making sure your houseplant gets just the right amount of water, plant food and sunlight to live its happiest, healthiest life. And sure, plants don’t necessarily need names to grow big and beautiful … but what’s the fun in that?
To really make your cactus, succulent, indoor tree or other greenery an official part of your family, give it a name that captures its unique personality or plays off of its color or plant type. Here, you’ll find tons of cool names for plants — some straight-up cute, others funny (we’re a succa for puns) and several inspired by your favorite celebrities. You’ll notice that we’ve designated if a name works best for a specific plant species — Sunny for an aloe vera plant, for example — but feel free to get creative with it.
When you find a name that you’re particularly frond of (get it), say it out loud for your plant baby to hear and see if it catches on.
Cute Names for Plants
Sweet and simple just like your houseplant. Pick a name inspired by its natural color (whether it’s green, red or yellow) or plant type, or opt for something more universal.
- Chloe, means “green shoot” in Greek
- Esmeralda, means “emerald” in Spanish
- Lily (peace lily)
- Pearl (string of pearls)
- Prickles (cactus)
- Succa (succulent)
- Sunny (aloe vera or sun-loving plant)
- Sylvia/Sylvie, means “forest” in Latin
- Vera (aloe vera plant)
- Verde, means “green” in Spanish
Funny Names for Plants
Your plant has its quirks and its name should reflect that. There are a few punny monikers to choose from, as well as some that are just plain ironic (which makes them equally as funny).
- Bill (money plant)
- Christofern (fern plant)
- Fluffy (cactus)
- Lil Plant
- Mr/Miss Plant
- Mr. Prickles (cactus)
- Spike (cactus)
- Woody (indoor tree)
Celebrity Names for Plants
Take inspiration from pop culture — musicians, actors, politicians and artists — with one of these punny takes on a celebrity name. Some group names even work for plant families.
- Burnie Sanders (aloe vera plant)
- Cactus Everdeen (cactus)
- Elvis Parsley (herb plant)
- Justin Timberlake
- MC Hammer (cactus)
- Morgan Treeman (indoor tree)
- Orlando Bloom
- Sir Pokes-a-Lot (cactus)
- Snake Gyllenhaal (snake plant)
- Tree Diddy (indoor tree)
- Simon and Garfunkel (a plant duo)
- Spice Girls (a group of herb plants)
- Vincent Van Grow
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