Picking out a houseplant might seem as easy as making a choice and bringing it home, but there’s so much more to think about. Plants have a variety of temperaments, lifespans and care routines, so your houseplants should fit your lifestyle and be as personalized as your own home. What better way to narrow down the options than to lean into your zodiac sign for answers? When in doubt, let the stars decide.
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Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) - Lifesaver Plant
You’re definitely considered one of the more unique signs in the zodiac realm, and you like it that way. It would make sense that something like the quirky lifesaver plant would catch your eye. Unlike the majority of plants you may come across, they’ve often been compared to something you’d find in a science fiction novel rather than on a windowsill. Nonetheless, these exotic plants are certainly one of a kind, and they don’t require too much watering or care, which perfectly complements your easygoing and free spirit.
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Pisces (February 19 to March 20) - String Of Pearls
You tend to have a daydreamy and childlike enthusiasm associated with you, Pisces. You’re also incredibly selfless and a go-with-the-flow type of person. You could easily take on something fun and straightforward like a string-of-pearls. Not only are these plants fun to look at with their small bulbs spilling out everywhere, but they’re incredibly low maintenance and can pretty much adapt to a majority of light exposures and areas around your home. Plus, some say that its tiny white flowers have a delightful smell, which only adds to its charm.
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Aries (March 21 to April 19) - Cactus
You aren’t one to mess around, Aries, and you certainly are known for being brash and making a statement. Because of this, a cactus might be what you need to really channel your personality into your home. Cacti thrive in a desert environment, but many different varieties will work just fine inside your home. With a cactus, what you see is what you get, which is exactly what you strive for in your own life. As an added plus, they don’t require much watering or extensive care. This works well with your tendency to become bored very quickly and neglect your current projects to find something more exciting to do.
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Taurus (April 20 to May 20) - Jade Plant
You’re dependable, stable, and you tend to stick things out even when the going gets rough. Something like a jade plant would work really well with you. In addition to being a calming presence, this plant will blend into nearly any decor theme you have in your home. This is also a plant that doesn’t call too much attention to itself—something you can appreciate as a calm and collected person in most situations. As a bonus, its name is shared with a gorgeous jewel, and its small leaves are known to be a sign of good fortune, which is something that just might appeal to you considering your penchant for the finer things in life.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Gemini (May 21 to June 20) - Air Plant
As an air sign, the name of this plant might seem a little too matchy-matchy, but these plants really do fit well with your personality. You aren’t one who likes to be tied down, you want to make a statement, and you’re incredibly adaptable to all sorts of situations. These are all traits reflected in the easy-going air plant. These fun little flowering green friends don’t have cumbersome roots and don’t require being potted in soil. They tend to function best as hanging plants surrounded by good air circulation, so you can easily move them from one area to the next in your home. As someone who is comfortable with changing things up and incredibly flexible when it comes to your own life, you can appreciate this plant’s eager versatility and ability to move from place to place in the home. Plus, because they mostly thrive on air, these plants are effortless to take care of.
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Cancer (June 21 to July 22) - Mimosa Pudica
You’re compassionate and sensitive, and you enjoy going out of your way to take care of others, so a Mimosa pudica might just be a perfect fit for you! While the name is already a fun one, these plants are most known for their sensitivity. When their leaves are touched, they quickly fold into themselves. Be wary that constantly doing this to the plant will weaken it over time—something you relate entirely to after expending emotional energy for a great deal of time. As an added bonus, they have the potential to produce little circular blossoms in shades of pink, yellow, or purple, colors that really appeal to your loving nature.
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Leo (July 23 to August 22) - Rex Begonia
You like to make a statement, you have a colorful personality, and you really know how to capture the attention of any room you’re in, Leo. That’s why a plant like rex begonia matches you completely. These plants come in a variety of colors and styles that will allow you to really showcase who you are and accentuate any style of home you might choose to bring it into. They tend to dominate when they are surrounded by other plants and are usually attention-grabbing right off the bat. Plus, they tend to be pretty self-sufficient and require minimal care compared to other types of plants, something that you can appreciate fiercely given your independent nature.
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Virgo (August 23 to September 22) - Prayer Plant
You’re particular in what you need, reclusive, and you like to have things a certain way. These traits of yours will help you relate to the prayer plant. They tend to be a popular houseplant choice due to their exciting patterns (which have several varieties, so find one that fits your tastes), but they're also known for another interesting reason. At night, the leaves tend to fold up, as if they’re folding their hands in prayer. As someone who enjoys retreating from the world and being alone with your thoughts, you can understand the nature of this plant. While they’re not exactly challenging to take care of, prayer plants do have a particular set of needs that must be followed. Someone like you will have no problem with strict parameters, as you pay close attention to detail and can be meticulous in your own right.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Libra (September 23 to October 22) - Peace Lilies
You’re peaceful, adaptable, and you have a taste for beautiful things. The perfect plant match? A peace lily. These white flowering plants tend to be a staple in modern homes and really add a sophisticated element to any room you might choose to place it in. They don’t tend to be too demanding in their needs, something you can appreciate as someone who strives to keep everyone around you happy and content. As an added bonus, they have a reputation for being a sign of peace, which really speaks to your desire to bring harmony into your home.
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Scorpio (October 23 to November 21) - Venus Flytrap
You can be seen as intimidating, mysterious, and you like to keep to yourself, which is why a Venus Flytrap would be a great match for you. If you find yourself drawn to a Venus flytrap, it makes sense because of your similar qualities. These plants are widely known, but not often thought of as houseplants because of their intimidating presence. You tend to be pretty reserved, and if someone gets too close, you quickly close up to protect yourself. So it’s easy for you to understand why the Venus flytrap swiftly closes its mouth when an intruder dares to trigger it. Plus, these plants tend to attract insects with their nectar and even by emitting a soft blue-ish glow, something that appeals to your possessive and enigmatic personality.
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Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21) - Snake Plant
Because of your adaptability, slightly reckless behavior, and statement-making personality, a Viper’s Bowstring hemp—AKA a snake plant—is a good fit for your home. These plants are incredibly tall and durable, and they tend to accentuate any space well regardless of where you might place them. They also have a strong reputation for being one of the easiest plants to maintain, due to their ability to survive regardless of any neglect or abuse it might suffer. For someone who is always on the go and living their life as you do, you honestly need a plant that requires minimal supervision. These plants have even been known to help purify the air and also help prevent illness and allergies. As an added bonus, they also tend to promote good luck, which really jives well with your unbounded sense of optimism and seeing the good in most things.
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Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) - Juniper Bonsai Tree
You’re traditional, stubborn, and value dedicated hard work. This makes you well suited for a juniper bonsai tree. Bonsai is the centuries-old art of producing small trees in containers to mimic the shape of a full-sized tree. It requires cultivation techniques meticulous shaping, pruning, root reduction, shaping, potting, grafting, and defoliation. Though it may seem simple, don’t be fooled; bonsai takes a considerable and meticulous amount of dedication and cultivating. But for someone like you who pays great attention to detail and is willing to give it the time it deserves, there’s no doubt you’d be successful. Plus, those who practice this art show a strong sense of respect for each other, which you hold in high regard.
Lacey Ramburger is a freelance writer based in Owensboro, KY. She is the author of a poetry book, Being Whole, and dozens of articles. Her areas of expertise include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), relationships, and astrology.