I love tropical plants and we do have a few around the house. I also love the simplicity of single palm fronds in vases - a bit of lush greenery without having an entire plant. With our harsh winters and the fact that our future beach house is still in the pre-planning stages, I am enjoying the faux palm version from Pottery Barn, on sale for $3.07 each. I'd say they look real... except that you can see that there is no water in the vase! I suppose I need opaque vases.