The Perfect Houseplant for You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Not sure what houseplant to add to your collection next? Let the stars be your guide!
Aries: Creeping Fig
March 21–April 19
Eager, dynamic and competitive are just a few words that describe those born under the Aries sign. A creeping fig (Ficus pumila), which grows beautifully in a pot or hanging planter, will also eagerly climb up your walls if you let it.
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Taurus: Hoya Heart
April 20–May 20
Taureans are known for being strong, dependable and devoted. The heart-shaped leaves of the Hoya Heart (Hoya kerrii) is a good choice for this sensual Earth sign. As you may know, Taureans like a little luxury in life, so consider these flower subscriptions, too!
Gemini: Spider Plant
May 21–June 20
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is well-known for its adaptable nature. Bright light, low light; artificial light or natural light—a spider plant can flourish in many different conditions. This plant is perfect for Geminis, who are known for their versatile, expressive and kind nature.
Cancer: Prayer Plant
June 21–July 22
Those born under the sign of Cancer are known for their intuitive nature, compassion and protectiveness, making the prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) an excellent match. This plant gets its name from the movement of its leaves. During the day, its leaves are open, but at night they close up, resembling praying hands.
August 23–September 22
Virgos are known for their practical nature, and if you’re looking for a practical and easy-to-care-for plant, you need to look no further than the philodendron. This classic houseplant is particularly ideal for those who think they don’t have a green thumb, as they are fuss-free and quite forgiving.
Libra: Peace Lily
September 23-October 22
Diplomatic, gracious and fair-minded are just a few of the personality traits associated with Libras. This makes the peace lily (Lilium spp.) their ideal houseplant companion. Did you know that some houseplants like peace lilies can actually help you breathe better? Here are more houseplants that help to purify the air.
Scorpio: Money Plant
October 23–November 21
Passionate Scorpios are often mistaken for fire signs. In reality, they’re actually a water sign, making this lilypad-esque money plant (Pilea Peperomioides) a good choice for Scorps. This greenery is also known as a friendship plant—perfect for this loyal sign.
Sagittarius: Swiss Cheese Plant
November 22–December 21
The extroverted and humorous nature of Sagittarians pairs well with the unusual looks and funny name of the Swiss cheese plant (Monstera adansonii). Despite its tasty name, you shouldn’t eat a Swiss cheese plant (in fact, they are toxic to pets). However, these fresh herbs are great (and delicious!) plants to grow indoors.
Capricorn: Mother of Thousands
December 22–January 19
Capricorns are independent and tenacious, much like the tiny plantlets that grow along the edges on the leaves of a Mother of Thousands plant (Kalanchoe daigremontiana). Here’s where to buy plants and seeds online.
Pisces: Goldfish Plant
February 19–March 20
Pisces are empathetic, creative and affectionate. The goldfish plant (Columnea gloriosa), which gets its name from the plant’s bright orange blooms that look like leaping goldfish, is a great pairing for this imaginative water sign.