For many people, 2021 has been a challenging year in numerous ways. If you’re spending more time at home during this difficult time, you may be looking for ways to not only refresh your home, but to bring some much-needed good luck into your space. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or an aspiring plant parent, these 15 indoor plants are thought to bring positive things like luck, money, energy and good vibes into your home.
Published September 9, 2020, Updated September 25, 2021
Lucky Bamboo for Good Luck
It might be self-evident based on its name, but lucky bamboo is a classic lucky plant. Perhaps most recognizable for its ability to grow in intricate and decorative shapes, Dracaena sanderiana is a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture. As an added bonus, this plant doesn’t mind low light, which makes it a great way to decorate corners of your home that may not get as much sun.
Try Your Luck With the Dracaena Family
Lucky bamboo is a member of the Dracaena family, which is a family of plants with a variety of species within it, including the Dracaena marginata or Dragon Tree, and the Dracaena fragrans or Cornstalk Dracaena. Plants within this plant family vary in size and are known for their spiky foliage and thick trunks.
Peace Lilies for Peace and Zen in Your Space
The deep green foliage and white flowers of the peace lily, or Spathiphyllum, are a great way to bring instant tropical vibes into your home. These stunning plants are also thought to cleanse the air from your home and help keep negative energy away. One tip? Keep peace lilies away from kids and pets, as the plant can be mildly toxic if ingested.
Golden Pothos for Beginners
If you’re new to indoor plants and hoping for a little beginner’s luck, a low-maintenance but beautiful golden pothos might be for you. Also known by the name “money plant” and thought to bring good luck and fortune, the Epipremnum aureum is great for plant novices because its leaves curl and droop to tell you when to water.
Classic Jade Makes a Great Housewarming Gift
If you’ve recently moved and are looking for plants to use as decor in your new home, a classic jade plant is a great option. This lucky plant is traditionally gifted to new homeowners and business owners to bring good luck and wealth into their lives.
Orchids for Good Luck and a Splash of Colour
If flowering plants are more your speed, orchids of all varieties are thought to bring love, luck and friendship into their owners’ lives. Orchids are a great way to add some colour into neutral decor, or to complement a bolder colour palette. Put your orchid in a pot that ties in with the rest of your space, like Drew and Jonathan Scott did with a gold metallic pot in this vibrant Property Brothers reno.
Snake Plants Can Tolerate a Little Neglect
Plants from the Sansevieria family – like this Sansevieria laurentii – are super popular among plant enthusiasts, and with good reason. Also known as snake plants and mother-in-law’s tongue, these easygoing and hardy plants are thought to cleanse your home of negative energy. They tolerate low light well and are especially good for folks who sometimes forget to water their plants.
Basil to Brighten a Kitchen Windowsill
might not be your first thought when you think of houseplants, but savoury herbs like basil are a great way to add a little greenery and cleanse your home of bad vibes. As an added bonus, place your potted basil on a kitchen windowsill and add the leaves to delicious salads and pasta dishes.
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Sage for Some Cleansing Energy
You may have heard of some Indigenous cultures using sage to cleanse a person or space. Bring some of that cleansing, healing energy into your home with a sage plant. Just like the basil plant, you can also keep your sage plant in your kitchen to season any dishes you cook.
Aloe Vera to Maximize the Healing Vibes
You’ve heard of Aloe Vera gel for soothing sunburns, cuts and scrapes, but did you know that you can bring the healing vibes into your home with a cute potted aloe plant? These succulent plants are easy to care for and don’t mind if you forget to water them.
Spread Luck and Friendship With the Friendship Plant
The Instagram-famous Pilea peperomioides is also known as a money plant, friendship plant and pass-it-on-plant. Thought to bring luck and friendship into plant-owners’ lives, these hardy plants often sprout little babies when they’re happy. Once they’re big enough, you can split the babies from the mother plant and share them with your friends.
Rubber Plants for Feng Shui
, or Ficus elastica, were once grown commercially for use in rubber manufacturing. This fact, combined with its round leaves reminiscent of money, help explain why it’s no wonder these lucky feng shui plants are thought to bring money and prosperity. Rubber plants hate being overwatered, so stick a finger into its soil about once a week and if it feels dry, water thoroughly.
Palms for Tropical Vibes and Positive Energy
When a tropical trip just isn’t in the cards, bring the vacay vibes to you with your own little palm tree. With their big, leafy fronds, these plants from the Arecacae family are thought to help clean the air in your home and bring in good energy. If you live in a cold climate, be sure to keep these tropical plants away from cold or drafty windows.
Roses Symbolize Love and Healing
Roses are a classic symbol of love and friendship. Try your hand at cultivating a potted mini rose plant indoors to help bring love, friendship and healing into your life.
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, But Money Trees Can Bring Good Luck
If money grew on trees, this would be the tree to grow on. The Pachira aquatica is called a money tree because in feng shui it is thought to bring good luck. With their intricately braided trunks, these plants are low-maintenance and tolerate low or artificial light particularly well.