Do you ever make a plant purchase and after a few days, realise it’s just not the right one for you? Do you start with the best intentions, but in the end, you can’t keep up with all the plant care duties? You may want to take a look at your star sign and shop for zodiac plants!
Choosing a plant aligned with your zodiac personality can really help you stay dedicated. Curious? Read on! We’ve assembled this thorough guide to zodiac signs and their plants.
If we’re talking about plants, we can’t ignore the elements! First off, let’s take a look at what each element’s strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to zodiac plant care.
Probably the best suited to nurturing a thriving indoor plant collection, and not just for the obvious reasons. Earth signs are grounded, calm and stable. They’re great at following regular watering schedules, amongst other plant parent responsibilities. However, because of their innate connection to all things green, they may take it the hardest if one of their babies fails to thrive.
Intellectual and curious, air signs make great plant owners. They’re sure to research everything about their newest plant addition, down to the last detail. This makes them excellent at handling some highly specialist plants. However, this intellect-first approach may sometimes hinder their ability to take a more intuitive approach to the needs of their zodiac plants.
Water signs may get distracted by artistic or emotional pursuits. These traits may make it difficult for them to manage the everyday practicalities of plant parenthood. However, because of their openness to spirituality, water signs are most likely to appreciate and feel a connection to their plants. Water signs may even benefit the most from having their zodiac plants around.
Enthusiastic, bold, and optimistic, fire signs are likely to jump in head first to plant ownership. They’ll most likely buy 10 at once without thinking where they’ll go! Because of this, they risk becoming quickly despondent when they fail to thrive. However, with a little bit of planning, fire signs can channel all that energy into a show stopper that matches their big personality.
Now we’ve got the big picture, let’s take a look at specifics and find out what the zodiac plants truly are.
Zodiac signs and their plants
Aries (March 21 – April 19) - Fire
Fiery, bold, and always ready to launch themselves into new projects. Aries are perhaps not the best suited to sensitive houseplants requiring a meticulous watering schedule. That’s why a cactus is perfect!
Like Aries, cacti are spiky, tough, and fiercely independent (i.e. can tolerate some serious neglect!). They won’t get in the way of an Aries’ many ambitions, but will always be around as a striking centrepiece. Cacti are a reflection of Aries’ own highly resilient and admirable nature.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) - Earth
For Taurus, the famous lover of aesthetics and beauty, only the most elegant will do. They value the finer things in life and are willing to work for them. Taurus’ are highly suited to the trials of a more temperamental but beautiful plant - the Calathea Ornata.
Sporting delicate pink and yellow stripes on lush green foliage, this Calathea will make a stunning addition to any houseproud Taurus’ (no doubt numerous) collection. Not being as drought-tolerant as other plants, Taurus will have to be sure to only let the surface of this Calthea’s soil dry out slightly between waterings. With good care, this Calathea will richly reward with the rustle of its leaves opening and closing at night.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) - Air
Spontaneous and playful, and perhaps a little erratic, Geminis are known for bouncing from one hobby to another. In practice, this means when they’re into plants, they’re very into them, and then, well… Let’s just say, they’ll need something neglect tolerant.
The flip side of Gemini’s erratic nature is of course an insatiable curiosity and intellect. So a plant species with many variants to collect together and learn about will thrill them. The Orchid, a classic houseplant, fits the bill here perfectly. They’re so easy to maintain and boast many beautiful variants. They also look impossibly elegant perched atop the endless piles of books strewn around a Gemini’s apartment.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) - Water
Sociable but highly sensitive, it can be pretty emotionally taxing being a Cancer sometimes! As valuers of domesticity and downtime, they will appreciate something tropical that makes their home feel like a sanctuary but is also stable and reliable.
Enter the Upright Elephant Ear! An air-purifying plant, its large crinkly leaves are great at trapping dust and debris. They require a little wiping and misting from time to time, but this is no problem for the naturally nurturing Cancer. And they are sure to appreciate the way it makes every house feel like a home.
Leo (July 23 – August 22) - Fire
Self-proclaimed leaders and centres of attention, Leo are horoscope royalty (in their eyes, at least). For these theatrical and passionate folk, a bold and eye-catching zodiac plant is certainly in order.
The dramatic and impressive bouquet of an Anthurium Rainbow is sure to turn a few heads at Leo’s many house parties! Known alternatively as the Flamingo Flower or Painted Tongue Plant, take one look and you’ll know why this is a Leo plant. This plants’ pretty ombre pink, red and green foliage makes a striking centrepiece for any Leo’s bedroom or living room! Thankfully they’re not too tricky to take care of, either, and should happily thrive if a Leo’s famed laziness gets the better of them.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) - Earth
As diligent perfectionists, Virgos have a well-earned reputation for being systematic, practical, and organised. They love to create order out of chaos. Because of this, they’ll excel with a plant that requires more attention than most - albeit with a magnificent payoff.
Yes, you guessed it, it’s the beautiful Bonsai Tree! Pruning this little tree will be immensely rewarding for Virgo’s logical nature. The Bonsai Tree should provide them with some respite from the stress they regularly put themselves under.
Libra (September 23 – October 22) - Air
For harmony and justice-loving Libra, most people’s first thought tends to be a peace lily. Though they are certainly beautiful and serene plants, Libra’s might want to try something a little different for their zodiac plant.
Instead, go for two hanging Hoyas next to each other - a neat representation of the Libra scales. The variegated leaves are a real treat for the eyes. They are also waxy and durable, meaning Libras won’t have to deal with the injustice of accidentally killing them.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) - Water
Mysterious, unpredictable, elusive, we all know a Scorpio when we meet one. Often prone to extremes, Scorpios are incredibly interesting people to know. But they’re not always the most diligent plant owners!
Still, a personality this fascinating deserves a plant to match, which is why a Venus Fly Trap is the ultimate Scorpio houseplant. Deviant or misunderstood? The parallels are definitely there!
If sourcing or maintaining one of these carnivorous plants is a little too difficult, however, Scorpios can always fall back on the trusty but suitably spiky Snake Plant.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) - Fire
Assertive, outspoken and generous, Sagittarius needs a big zodiac plant to match their personality. As big-picture idealists and experience seekers, they can however be prone to rushing off and neglecting their home life a little.
Suitably rugged-looking and tolerant to drought is the Dragon Tree. A great air-purifier, it’s a great plant to have around for a busy Sagittarius to help improve their concentration and focus. The Dragon Tree’s ‘blade-like’ foliage may mirror Sagittarius’ occasionally barbed temperament, but perhaps nurturing a plant will remind them to be kinder!
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) - Earth
Patient, dedicated and hard-working to the point of austerity, Capricorns are enviably disciplined. Valuing success over most other things, they are uniquely suited to the prosperity promised by the Money Tree.
Easy to look after, Capricorns won’t need to take much time out of their busy schedule to get the most out of this houseplant.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) - Air
The intellectual ones, Aquarius is progressive, humanitarian and a wee bit eccentric. They see themselves as pretty unique and will need something to match.
A quirky Polka Dot Begonia will therefore be right at home on any Aquarius windowsill. Their distinctive two-toned foliage adorned with white dots certainly makes them an interesting plant. They’ll make a nice focal point whenever Aquarius needs a break from that endless reading list!
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) - Water
Famously empathetic and sensitive almost to a fault, delicate Pisces are the epitome of the water sign. Deeply artistic, their dedication to the spiritual and sensual realms sometimes adversely affects their reality. While prone to neglecting their surroundings (and their plant babies), they are likely to feel a profound connection to all living creatures in their midst.
For a Pisces, the ideal zodiac plant is thus something pretty but secretly hardy and neglect-tolerant. What could be more perfect then than the beautiful tendrils of a trailing String of Pearls or String of Hearts?
In a nutshell
So there you have it, the perfect houseplant for each zodiac sign. Whether you’re an eccentric Aquarius or spontaneous Gemini, getting a plant to suit your inner being will help you care for its needs and help you flourish together. With our guide to zodiac signs and their plants, now you can finally shop for plants that match the personality traits of your star sign. Result!