Green is the new black! In honor of Earth Day (on April 22), we teamed up with our resident Virgo “plantstrologer” Contessa to suggest indoor and outdoor plants for every zodiac sign.
Using the four elements of the zodiac wheel—fire, earth, air, and water—we worked with Contessa to build a greenery guide that enhances the natural strengths of every sign.
Contessa chose plants that are available at most nurseries and can be grown in most regions. No matter how green your thumb is (or isn’t!), these are considered most suitable to your element and worthy of a try this spring.
If your natal chart happens to be heavier on one of these four elements—or you want to play up the energy of fire, earth, air or water in your life—feel free to go beyond your Sun sign element and choose from any of these suggestions.
Note for all elements: Because we are celebrating Earth Day, we encourage you to explore organic fertilizers and plant foods for all indoor and outdoor plant needs. Fishing kelp is a good choice for nutrient needs. Balanced soil is just as important and what you choose to plant.
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Indoor plants for fire signs: ornamental or edible chili
Fire is represented by the South direction and the sense of sight. It is stimulating, active, passionate, purifying and cleansing, and celebrated by making things fruitful. When placing a fire-inspired plant in your home, you are embodying all of fire’s best qualities. Place them where you feel their qualities can best influence your space. In general, fire plants do well in the south corner of your bedroom and in full sunlight. Most plants associated with fire like full sunlight and will thrive there. Water them at midday. Ornamental and edible chili plants come in all shapes and colors, ranging from purple to orange to black or sun yellow.
Outdoor plants for fire signs: hibiscus and marigold
It’s important for fire signs to see the “fire” in their surroundings. With their flame-colored—and edible!—blooms, hibiscus and marigolds are two great options. Flank your front door with large pots. Let the hibiscus grow tall, surrounded by a base of marigolds. These plants can also handle full sunlight. If your front door is shaded, find a spot where both will receive sun close to the entrance to your home.
Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Indoor plants for Water: aloe and bottle palm
Water is represented by the East direction, the moon and emotion. As vessels that capture water, aloe and bottle palm are two indoor plants that sync with this element. Aloe holds hydration in its leaves and transforms it into a soothing, nutritious substance. Bottle palm stores water in its trunk, and its leaves cascade like a waterfall from its body. Like water, both plants fill any amount of space given to them. Aloe grows as large (or as little) as its container.
Water sign plants thrive in humid or moist conditions. They can do well in bathrooms, accompanying us while we bathe and cleanse. You can further enhance the spirit of the water element by decorating these plants with seashells and tiny bells.
Outdoor plants for Water: succulents and violets
Earth Signs: Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn
Indoor plants for Earth signs: Hindu rope (Hoya) and ginger
Earth is represented by the North direction and the sense of touch. It is nurturing, stable and fertile. Two plants suitable for this element are Hindu rope (hoya) and ginger. These plants have structural texture and bulbous blooms that emanate earth energy. An edible plant like ginger is great for this element, as the tops of the plant puts on a show, growing a grasslike stalk above the soil surface. Meanwhile, the food part of the ginger is being created below but, like much of our food supply, remains buried in the soil until harvest. Ginger easily grows into produce, and then can go back into the earth to grow again.
Earth plants do best in a kitchen or near a hearth, where they enhance the energies of sustainability and nourishment. If you’re an earth sign (or looking to boost the earth element in your chart), we encourage you to try growing some plants from seed—the symbol of physical life on earth.
Earth plants are best watered after dark. The energy of earth can be further enhanced by adorning your plants with crystals, stones and gems. You can also hang your earth elemental plants since gravity is a manifestation of earth energy.
Outdoor plants for Earth signs: vetiver grass and evening primrose
Vetiver grass looks stunning and strong if planted in tall, long planters, which allows its roots to grow straight down. Vetiver is one of the few plants that will grow well in most climates and can survive flood and drought. It is a great landscaping grass to help prevent soil erosion and build embankments.
Evening primrose has a wild look, which enhances the natural vibe of this element. Its low-lying blossoms appear as though the earth spontaneously erupted in blossom. Similar to vetiver, this plant will do well in most conditions, but it prefers just a little water and full sun. Evening primrose looks beautiful trailing or spiraling around your vetiver towers.
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Indoor plants for Air: asparagus fern and orchids
Air is represented by the East direction and the sense of sound. Plants for this element convey freedom, expressing it through movement, freshness and fragrance. You can hang air plants in your office to relieve the feeling of density. Decorate your plants with feathers or dangling tumbled crystals.
With its feathery leaves that grow into a soft, cloudlike structure, the asparagus fern looks as if it’s floating. This plant likes a lot of light, preferably if it’s dappled and moving. It also likes moist conditions but never to be drenched or sitting in water. Care for yours with a big spray bottle rather than dumping a can of H2O into the soil. Air element plants do best when watered at sunrise.
Orchids like similar care to asparagus fern. Many orchids in nature grow off tree limbs and hang down. Don’t be afraid to let your orchids fly instead giving them a perfect bonsai look. Orchids like to be combined with each other.
Keep air sign plants in light stone containers, like pumice, mineral structures or cork. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s light and airy and without restriction or heaviness.
Outdoor plants for Air signs: foxtail fern, peace lily, poppy
Foxtail is a lovely structural fern that looks as if it’s floating at the bottom of the sea. It can create great architecture that sways and moves. Foxtail looks best in a wider space or room that allows the arms of the fern to spiral where they will. The pot size will determine the size of the plant.
Peace lily and poppies have delicate tall stems, holding a bloom of mystery and depth. Peace lily flowers tend to grow higher than their leafy plant base, giving the illusion that they are floating.
Contessa of Floating Root had her first communication with the plants her junior year in college while healing from a car accident. Listening and learning through their wisdom there was a direct line to the connectivity of the natural world. She learned to hone her intuition and healing practices around this mystery and helps others to hear what the plants are saying. It is a link between storytelling and biology. It is an honored journey to be in this conversation, and to practice and study with the plant world. Contessa has been creating her system of Lucid Plant Readings, that help people connect into this energy and begin their own journey. It is a dance between plant medicine, plant ceremony, and practical plant communication. Learn how to book a reading here and follow her Instagram for green inspiration!
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