ZZ plants are popular houseplants for their attractive aesthetic and easy-to-care nature. I have two of these green beauties sitting on my front porch and countertop.
People often ask me about the meaning of these plants—they have a lot. Different people look at these seemingly gracefully-carved plants and see different symbolisms.
So, in this post, I’ll talk about what ZZ plants represent. I’ll discuss what these perennial plants mean in spirituality, feng shui, and astrology.
The lusciously green and shiny leaves of ZZ plants are definitely a sight to behold. But where do these floras come from? And why do we call them ZZ plants?
ZZ plants are native to East Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Zanzibar. However, they also grow in parts of Kenya and South Africa.
In their natural habitat, these floras grow in grasslands, riverbanks, and forests with dry climates. These conditions make the plant thrive in virtually all environments.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is the botanical name of these plants and where we get “ZZ.”. However, people also call them Zanzibar gems, referencing the place where they come from.
Zamioculcas is a genus of plant that belongs to the family of Araceae. This family consists of over 4000 other plant species of terrestrial shrubs, vines, and herbs.
Now that you know more about these perennial plants, let’s move on to their meaning. Here are some of the most prevalent views and beliefs about ZZ plants.
These floras may only be Instagram-worthy to others, but they serve symbolic and practical purposes in Chinese geomancy.
According to the Feng Shui theory, ZZ plants represent valuable human qualities. They associate the flora with steadfastness, growth, and perseverance.
Dead or dying plants are ominous signs in Chinese geomancy. Anything that reminds you of decay or death isn’t good to keep inside your home.
So because of their hard-to-kill nature, Feng Shui believers tie the plants with stability and long life. They also think their upward-facing leaves symbolize development and upward progress.
But that’s only the symbolic side.
The Chinese treasure the ZZ plant for its practical value as well. Practitioners of Chinese geomancy place these floras in specific parts of their houses for various purposes.
According to Feng Shui, placing the ZZ plant in sharp corners of the house blocks evil or harmful energy. Others use the Bagua map to attract specific positive energy using the plant, which includes wealth, health, fame, career, and more.
Those who lean on spirituality also have their views about the ZZ plant. And like Feng Shui, they associate the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia with positive qualities and traits.
For example, did you know that ZZ plants have existed for millions of years? Their drought-resistant qualities, remarkable survivability, and general hardiness won them the name eternity plant.
Spirituals often see these attributes as indicative of the plants’ practical uses. They believe ZZ plants represent growth amid trials, longevity, vibrant life, and creativity.
And, like Feng Shui, they use Zamioculcas Zamiifolia for various purposes.
One common belief is having these floras near increases your creativity. Some also place the plant near their bedrooms to improve their sleep.
If you believe in astrology, you’ll be glad to know that ZZ plants also play an essential role in this belief system. And more so if your sign is Pisces.
As you may already know, astrology assigns different things depending on your birth month. And the ZZ plant happens to be the perfect plant for a Pisces.
Astrologists think Zamioculcas Zamiifolia represents forgiveness and understanding. Apparently, the humid-loving plant perfectly complements the water sign, Pisces.
Yes, Zamiculcas Zamiifolia is a lucky plant according to Feng Shui, spirituality, and astrology. And you can’t go wrong with having these beautiful plants.
But that’s not the only thing going on with these plants.
Scientific research revealed several benefits to having one or two ZZ plants inside your home. And one of the most important gifts they can give you is clean air!
ZZ plants are hands down one of the best houseplants you can get. They’re easy to care for, drought resistant, and, most importantly, elegantly beautiful.
Apparently, they represent positive qualities and values, too! So, if you’re hesitating about getting one for your interior design, this is your sign to start shopping.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.