Houseplants are a wonderful thing. They can bring life to your living space and improve your physical and mental health. In fact, the research speaks for itself.
NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxin within 24 hours and nbcnews.com claims studies have proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15%!), reduce stress levels and boost mood – making them perfect for not just your home but your work space too.
This could explain why there’s over 3 million houseplant hashtags on Instagram and more than 14,000 for #deskplant (of particular interest to those WFH in the lockdown!)
But if we are to join the houseplant hysteria, we need to know where to start. Experts at FarawayFurniture.com decided to give a helping hand by matching a houseplant to the personality traits of each zodiac sign.
Sign: Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Bold and ambitious rams love to be number one, which is why Calathea (also known as “Prayer Plants”) make a great fit. The mix of rich purple, green, pink and red leaves in a Calathea plant put on a show that the eye can’t miss.
Sign: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Houseplant: Ponytail Palm
Bulls enjoy relaxing in serene, rustic environments, which makes the Ponytail Palm the perfect houseplant for this sign. The slow-growing Ponytail Palm loves nothing more than basking in the sunlight. Pop on the windowsill for maximum effect.
Sign: Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini is a busy sign that some say needs a clone of itself in order to get everything done. Well, the Bromeliad plant does exactly that! The long-lasting plant produces pups (or side shoots) that will replace the original plant.
Sign: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Houseplant: Asparagus Fern
Those under the Cancer sign are intuitive and tangible, which means they effortlessly pick up on energy around the home. An Asparagus Fern is similar in that it can tolerate a lot and can adapt to both bright spots and darker corners.
Sign: Leo (July 23 – August 22)
This spirited fire sign is known to bask in the sunlight, with a theatrical and intense passion, much like the Yucca plant! The recipe for a happy Yucca is sun, sun, and more sun. Plus, its woody stems and spikey leaves convey vivacity – just like a Leo.
Sign: Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
This earth sign presents practical, perfectionist qualities which suit the Begonia plant. The perfectly beautiful blooms only require an occasional drink, and even less water in the winter. This makes it a great houseplant for Virgo, plus, it comes in a variety of colours and patterns so no need to worry about a clash with décor.
Sign: Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Houseplant: Peace Lily
Libra’s champion harmony and equilibrium, which makes them perfectly suited to the Peace Lily. Not only is the Peace Lily great for detoxifying the home, it’s beautiful to look at too. With enough light, this houseplant will produce tranquil white and off-white flowers in the early summer and continue to bloom throughout the year.
Sign: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Houseplant: Cast-Iron Plant
Scorpio is a powerful sign that takes great strength from emotion. The Cast-Iron Plant mirrors this power. Surviving low light, poor quality soil and a wide range of temperatures, the Cast-Iron Plant is a formidable asset to the home.
Sign: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Houseplant: African Violets
This sign is known for having a quest for knowledge, chasing after geographical, intellectual and spiritual adventures. In African Violets this sign finds a good match; African Violets are, after all, one of the most popular houseplants around the world and what’s more adventurous than that?
Sign: Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Houseplant: Guiana Chestnut
Mythological Capricorns are skilled at navigating both the material and emotional realms, which makes them perfectly suited to Guiana Chestnut (also known as “Money Trees.”) For the material realm, many people believe the trunk braid and leaves of the money tree bring good luck and financial success. For the emotional realm, the vibrancy of this plant’s lively green leaves will soothe any soul.
Sign: Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Houseplant: Air Plant
This humanitarian sign is thought to be representative of a mystical healer who bestows water, or life, upon the land. An Air Plant makes a great fit for this sign. Air Plants are epiphytes, which means that in nature they grow on other plants – not in soil – breathing new life into everything they touch. Immerse them in water for about 2 or 3 hours every 10 days to help them thrive at home.
Sign: Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Houseplant: Jade Plant
Pisces is a water sign that reflects constant division between fantasy and reality. Step forth South African native, the Jade Plant. Dormant if they don’t get enough water and generous in growth when rehydrated, the Jade Plant echoes the divisive nature of the Pisces sign.