Not all terrarium conditions allow live plants to grow or thrive. Some terrariums are too hot or dry, while others may require special lighting requirements for different plants. So too in many cases, the live plants simply end up being eaten by the inhabitants. The Exo Terra artificial silk plants are exact copies of their natural counterparts and offer the same advantages as live plants. Exo Terra Plants can be used for decorative purposes, for creating hiding places, or for enlargement of the dwelling area. The Exo Terra Ficus silk plant is easy to clean and care for and can be used in conjunction with live plants.