The symbolic meanings of houseplants

The symbolic meanings of houseplants

More than just ornamental decoration, the greenery we add to our houses are said to have many hidden meanings....

Want to make more money? Or, perhaps you're seeking a new romantic relationship? We're not claiming to have mystic powers, but there could be a plant for that. Intrigued? Read on to find the secret meanings and power your greenery is said to possess. 

Chinese Money Plant – wealth

Of course, there is a clue in the name here. If you’re after financial gain, this could be the plant for you. Native to southwest China, it is said to bring good fortune and wealth to its owner as its large circular leaves resemble coins stacking up. And they said money doesn’t grow on trees!

Aloe Vera – health

This hardy houseplant has many connections to healing due to the clear gel found within its leaves which can be used to treat a variety of skin issues, and it’s for this reason, it is connected to health and protection. In South Africa, they even hang the aloe vera above the entrances of homes as it’s also said to bring luck.

Peace Lily – good energy

Again, the name is another give away for the not-so-secret meaning of this plant, but of course the Peace Lily brings an abundance of good, calming vibes. According to the Chinese art of feng shui, it can cleanse the energy of a room – perfect if you’ve just moved home. Also, the Peace Lily symbolises sympathy and are often seen at funerals.

Golden Pothos – determination

The Golden Pothos can grow in dark and low light, which has earnt it its common name, Devil’s Ivy. Due to the fact it can thrive in such conditions that other plants may struggle in, it represents dedication, especially if you’re currently chasing some goals, bringing good fortune to its owners.

Ferns – love

Generally speaking, Ferns are thought to be the plant of endless love – cute! Yet they also take on different meanings depending on the country. In Victorian England they were a symbol for sincerity, whilst in New Zealand they represent new beginnings and in Japan they stand for hope.