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Houseplants for Witches

September 12, 2020

Houseplants for Witches

Liz Widdershins

 Most witches have a working knowledge of at least a handful of plants they use in their craft.  Many of us even have a garden full of perennials and herbs that we use.  But what about houseplants?  People have kept houseplants for millennia, from the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians to the Victorians and their elaborate terrariums.  So why not use them in our Craft?

Here are a few common houseplants and their possible uses in magic.  Some associations are historical in origin, while some come from the author’s gnosis.

 Moth Orchid, Phalaenopis spp. 

Moth orchids, with their large pale blooms, are aligned with the Moon and the planet Venus.  They are found throughout the world, and are often associated with love, beauty, and luxury.  The common name Moth also ties them to the insects and their noir mystique.

 Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum

Known for producing prolific “babies,” spider plants can thrive in a wide range of conditions and have been shown to provide air-purifying properties.  Because of these traits, I see spider plants as providing abundance, especially in creative and artistic pursuits.  They also bring resilience and strength to those who care for them.

 Fiddle-Leaf Fig, Ficus lyrata

With its large leaves and high price point, this plant is associated with luxury and wealth.  If you keep this plant thriving with offerings of bright light and the right amount of water, it will invite prosperity and success into your life.  Try tying ribbons of green and gold, or tie petitions for money and wealth onto its branches like the wishing trees of the UK and Japan.

 Snake Plant, Dracaena trifasciata. 

Native to tropical regions of West Africa, this plant is sacred to Orishas Oya and Ogun.  It is also known to ward off the evil eye.  This plant’s energy is strongly protective.  It is easy to grow, requiring very little water and not much light.  Grow this plant in your home to embrace its protective energy.

 Arrowhead Vine, Syngonium podophyllum

Named for its leaves, the shape of which resembles an archer’s arrow, this plant suggests Sagittarian energies.  While most houseplants remain small, they can attain great size when growing in their native range.  This plant is aligned with Jupiter and will bring success and good luck to its keeper.

 Friendship Plant, Pilea peperomioides

This plant’s name derives from its ability to propagate readily. Given proper care, it will grow and divide faster than you can find homes for it.  Use this plant to foster and promote friendship, especially when combined with rose quartz.  If given with intention, this plant can help a budding friendship blossom and grow.  If kept in the home, it will invite friendship and fun times.  Try putting a few leaves in a pair of bottles or charm bags, one for you and one for a friend.

 Dumbcane, Dieffenbachi spp. 

This plant is sturdy, thriving in a wide range of conditions.  It evokes strength and resilience, and can bounce back from significant damage.  Its presence may be soothing to people who are healing from physical or emotional trauma, or to those who are emotionally vulnerable.

 Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes spp.  

These carnivorous plants lure unsuspecting bugs into their pitcher-like traps, where they are digested by chemicals produced by the plant.  These plants represent secrecy, invisibility, and stealth.  Use them to magically guard secrets by whispering your intentions to them.  Keep them in your home to enhance personal mystery.  

 Shamrock, Oxalis spp.

 Folklore abounds surrounding shamrocks and clovers and their ability to bring good luck.  Although botanically different from clovers (Trifolium spp.), shamrocks (Oxalis spp.) are known for their associations with good luck, abundance, and serendipity.  Because of these traits, this genus is easily associated with Jupiter and Mercury. Several species are easily available as houseplants, including Oxalis triangularis, the large purple shamrocks, and Oxalis ‘plum crazy,’ a variegated hybrid.  With proper care, these plants will flourish, and so will your luck.

 ***DISCLAIMER.  Some of these plants are toxic or poisonous.  Never ingest any of these plants.  Wash your hands after handling.  If you have pets or small children, please consult a garden center for suitable plants. 

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