The Best Houseplant for You, Based on Your Enneagram Type

pothos on a kitchen table

The Spruce / Kara Riley

When it comes to selecting a houseplant, there are plenty of things to consider. From lifespans to care to simply how they look, a variety of factors go into deciding which plant should be brought into your home. Your personality and preferences tend to play a role in this as well—and your Enneagram type can give some insight into what type of plant will suit you.

Check out your Enneagram type below to see which is the best houseplant for you.

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    Type 1: Weeping Fig

    ficus benjamina

    The Spruce / Krystal Slagle

    As a Type 1, often called The Reformer, you love to work with things that are practical and have a purpose. Enter the weeping fig plant: a low-maintenance plant that is both sturdy and traditional. These plants aren't just meant for decor, though—they are also well-known to serve as air purifiers in your home.

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    Type 2: Gardenia

    Gardenia plant with cream white flower above glossy green leaves closeup

    The Spruce / Krystal Slagle

    Gardenia plants are absolutely stunning, yet require a great deal of attention and care—which isn't a problem someone called "The Helper" like you, Type 2. Much like the plant, you thrive when you're given genuine care and when people go out of their way to meet your needs, so it's a match made in heaven (however, you'll need to keep it out of reach from your furry friends).

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    Type 3: Monstera Deliciosa

    monstera deliciosa

    The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

    Monsteras are an incredibly popular plant that seem to pop up on Instagram feeds everywhere—much like "The Achiever" Type 3. You love a plant that makes a statement and has plenty of potential, so you will have no issues with how large these plants can become over time.

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    Type 4: Birds of Paradise

    bird of paradise plant

    The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

    As a Type 4, often known as "The Artist," you love embracing things that are unique and intriguing. It only makes sense that you would bring in a bird of paradise plant into your home. These plants are named for their vibrant orange blossoms that look like a bird. While it's rare to have them bloom as an indoor plant, it's not impossible under the right conditions—and we already know how much you enjoy standing apart from the crowd, so taking on an intriguing plant like this one isn't a surprise.

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    Type 5: Pothos

    pothos on a kitchen table

    The Spruce / Kara Riley

    Type 5s, called "The Investigator," are often described as alert, competent, and curious. Naturally, a plant such as a pothos would be ideal for you. These plants are relatively easy to take care of, can be placed just about anywhere in your home, and their delightful growth patterns reflect the very curiosity you see in yourself.

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    Type 6: Snake Plant

    frontal shot of a snake plant in a pot

    The Spruce / Alonda Baird 

    Snake plants are often heralded for their ability to withstand essentially any circumstance thrown their way. Sound familiar, Type 6? Known as "The Loyalist," you're dependable and prepared to take on anything, so a plant that can withstand a wide range of conditions—and look good doing it—is a perfect addition to your home.

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    Type 7: Cactus

    various cacti varieties on shelves

    The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

    Free-spirited and always on the move, Type 7s, called "The Enthusiast," love to get the most out of life. Naturally, you need a plant that is as flexible and low maintenance as you are; cue a cactus plant! These hardy plants can survive for long periods of time without much watering, and their care is relatively minimal, so you don't have to stress so much about how it's doing when you're out and about.

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    Type 8: ZZ Plant

    zz plant

    The Spruce / Anastasia Tretiak 

    Often referred to as "The Challenger," we know you have the skills and capabilities to take on pretty much any plant you have your heart set on, Type 8. However, given how often you're pouring your resources into other options, you need a plant that doesn't ask too much of you, like a ZZ plant. Their glossy leaves and ability to remove pollutants from the air don't hurt, either.

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  • 09 of 09

    Type 9: Peace Lily

    a peace lily on a tabletop

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Sure, you're known as "The Peacemaker," and these are peace lilies—but your names aren't the only reason this plant would be a great fit for you. In addition to their easy to care for style (we know you have a lot on your plate as it is), these plants tend to exude feelings of calmness and serenity. However, they are also stunning to look at, and they stand out amongst the decor in your home, so it's the best of both worlds.