Plant symbolism: what's your Plant persona?

As you pick plants for your space have you ever stopped to think about what it symbolizes and what energy it's bringing to your space? While symbolism isn’t everything when selecting plants, it’s always fun to know what your favorite plants mean. This way, your indoor plants will remind you about the values that are important in your life every time you look at them. Scroll down to have a look at the Plant Symbolism Guide.

Knowing the symbolism for different plants

can be a way

to pick meaningful gifts

for the plant lovers in your life.

A bit of Romantic history

Forget Me Not  is a drawing by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840). Photography courtesy

Forget Me Not is a drawing by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840). Photography courtesy



Pansy’ (in French ‘Pensées’, meaning ‘Thoughts’)

Beyond the flower names lies a fun fact: people were used to send hidden messages via flowers and plants.

I recently learned that people sometimes used plant and flowers as a means to communicate with others when Victorian etiquette forbade them from saying such personal or amorous things out loud. Some of the plants kept their hidden name up to today.

The publication of Joseph Hammer-Purgstall’s Dictionnaire du Language des Fleurs in 1809 marked the formal beginning of the study of plant symbolism. This study spread throughout time and is making a resurgence with the rise in popularity of gardening and houseplants.

The language of Flowers: the novel


By Vanessa Diffenbaugh (2011)

The novel was inspired by a flower dictionary, a type of Victorian-era book which defines what different types of flowers mean. Rated 4.08 out of 5 on Goodreads, the book has received positive acclaim by both critics and readers:

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman…Find the book online


The Plant Symbolism Guide

Plants and flowers have a wide variety of meanings and symbolism based on their origins, folklore, colors and characteristics. There are plants for all kinds of personalities. Check out the highlights below to see which houseplant best fits you, including air plants, bonsai trees, philodendrons, pothos, prayer plants and snake plants. Check out the full Plant Symbolism Guide created by ProFlowers for an in-depth look.


Air Plants

Air plants symbolize freedom and creativity. It’s fit for someone who lives in a small space, as it doesn’t take up much room. But don’t underestimate its small size. The Air Plant has a unique shape to it and its color breathes life into any room. Because of their ability to thrive out of the soil, they also represent freedom and are great for people who live to move frequently or travel.

Bonsai trees

Bonsai trees represent harmony and calm. They are said to have a therapeutic and meditative effect when you tend to them. This would be ideal for someone who needs balance in their life or needs to de-stress from hectic schedules.


Philodendrons symbolize love of nature and are a great fit for plant lovers or someone who has a strong passion for eco-friendly living. They also symbolize personal growth and would make a great gift for someone who is going through a major life event or making personal improvements.

Pothos Plants

Pothos plants represent perseverance and are perfect for people who are relentless in following their dreams. Their vines grow long and fast with determination. Try arranging your pothos in a hanging pot to symbolize reaching new heights and chasing dreams.

Prayer Plants

Prayer plants represent devotion and focus. This plant got its name because of the way its leaves move upward at night resembling praying hands. The way that its leaves move on schedule align well with a person who loves to stay organized and on a schedule.

Snake Plants

Snake plalnts are representative of purity and tenacity. They are great for people who are organized, clean and particular. They naturally purify the air, creating a cleaner space. To properly care for them, you must be accurate when watering to avoid getting their leaves wet.


Succulents are tough plants that symbolize endurance and loyalty. The fact that they are able to endure hot temperatures and little care makes them very durable. They are loyal because they will stick around and be there for you even if they are shown neglect.

Free plant symbolism printables

Here are free plant symbolism printables featuring some of the most popular houseplants. They work great as inspirational wall art, greeting card, or garden markers. Use this ProFlowers symbolism guide to pick the most meaningful plant for a gift or find the plant that best fits you and your space!


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