With new research from NASA revealing that houseplants have the capacity to remove up to 87% of air toxins from an area within 24 hours — and benefits including the reduction of stress, increasing attentiveness and raised productivity — many of us may consider using houseplants to brighten up our living spaces.
With this in mind, experts at clearitwaste.co.uk investigated which houseplant is perfect for each zodiac sign, meaning everyone can join the houseplant hysteria and freshen up their homes.
Sign: Aquarius (Jan 20th – Feb 18th) | Houseplant: Air Plant
This humanitarian sign represents a mystical healer who bestows water and life upon the land. An air plant is a great fit for this zodiac. They are epiphytes, which means that they grow beside other plants or in suitable gaps, not in soil – breathing new life into everything they touch. Mist them regularly to keep them hydrated, or immerse in water for an hour if in need of rejuvenation.
Sign: Pisces (Feb 19th – Mar 20th) | Houseplant: Jade Plant
The jade plant is an apt botanical comparison to reflect the conflicted nature of the Pisces sign. Liable to fade if not given enough water, but quick to bounce back when their needs are met. With proper care, these plants can grow to up to six feet tall. They’re often generational good luck gifts within families, reflecting the giving nature of this water sign.
Sign: Aries (Mar 21st – Apr 19th) | Houseplant: Calathea (Prayer Plant)
Bold rams love to have a big presence in any room which is why the calathea ( prayer plant) is a perfect fit. With lush multi-coloured foliage; everyone’s gaze will never be too far away, and similar to their star sign counterpart, prayer plants can wilt from a lack of attention.
Sign: Taurus (Apr 20th – May 20th) | Houseplant: Ponytail Palm
The ponytail palm prefers to bask in the sun, this plant is forgiving in nature; only needing rays half the time to thrive. Their low maintenance watering needs of once every few weeks also align well with Tauruses’ trademark patience and perseverance.
Sign: Gemini (May 21st – Jun 21st) | Houseplant: Bromeliad
Gemini is a busy sign that some say needs a clone of itself in order to get everything done. The bromeliad does exactly that! This long-lasting plant produces pups that will replace the original. Like their zodiac counterparts, too much attention is the biggest turn off for this greenery, so water sparingly.
Sign: Cancer (Jun 22nd – Jul 22nd) | Houseplant: Asparagus Fern
Those under the Cancer sign are attractive yet intuitive, meaning they easily pick up on any energy around the home. An asparagus fern is similar in that it can thrive in the right environment but also possesses a need for healthy attention.
Sign: Leo (Jul 23rd – Aug 22nd) | Houseplant: Yucca
This spirited fire sign is known to enjoy the sun while holding a natural air of regality, much like the yucca plant and its expansive plumage. The Yucca embodies vivacity and is a great plant to bring a taste of nature indoors, provided you bring the sunshine in with it!
Sign: Virgo (Aug 23rd – Sep 22nd) | Houseplant: Begonia
This earth sign represents practical, perfectionist qualities that match begonias perfectly. Its beautiful blooms come in a variety of colours and patterns that need minimum upkeep when situated well indoors. This allows detail orientated Virgos time to focus on other areas of their lives.
Sign: Libra (Sep 23rd – Oct 23rd) | Houseplant: Peace Lily
Libras champion harmony and equality, which makes them perfectly suited to the peace lily. The peace lily is great for detoxifying the home, beautiful to look at and considered one of the easiest plants to care for. This combination makes it suitable for any space or situation, just like Libras.
Sign: Scorpio (Oct 23rd – Nov 21st) | Houseplant: Cast-Iron Plant
Scorpios are strong characters that embody independence and persistence. As its name suggests, the cast- iron plant shares similar traits. Considered one of the hardiest plants to grow indoors, it’s comfortable at extremes that others wouldn’t survive, just like members of this water sign.
Sign: Sagittarius (Nov 22nd – Dec 21st) | Houseplant: African Violets
This sign is known for being spontaneous and having a thirst for adventure. In African violets a Sagittarius would find a good match with one of the most popular houseplants across the world. Like the fire sign, this plant has a few quirks involved in its care, but if these are met it will produce an elegant display of purple petals.
Sign: Capricorn (Dec 22nd – Jan 19th) | Houseplant: Guiana Chestnut (Money Tree)
Capricorns are known for being practical, ambitious and self-reliant. The Guiana chestnut is a perfect match with a low maintenance personality and slender, interwoven roots to keep its flowers and fruits on another level. The Feng Shui belief that this plant brings luck to its owner will also help with this sign’s lofty aspirations.