Not many indoor plants could withstand the fumes from coal fires and gas lanterns, so the Aspidistraelatior (which could) was extremely popular with Victorian households. Indeed, indoor plant popularity has typically waxed and waned with the economy. So even in an economic downtime, many people will turn to indoor plants to reconnect with nature. C.O.T/a.collectionRF/Getty ImagesAhead of the times: \"If I had to pick the next big plant I'd probably choose the Ponytail palm,\" Bullene says. Now That's Cool Research has shown substantial health benefits from indoor plants.