Good Luck Plant

Tips on the Good Luck Plant

There are plants from countries all around the world that have been designated a good luck plant, but when the majority of the people in the US think of good luck they think of the four leaf clover.  Traditionally, such plants are said to bring good luck to those who find them, particularly if they are found totally by accidental.

 

 

Many equate the four leaf clover with shamrocks, the symbol for the Irish.  Some swear the four leaf clover is a mutant of the shamrock which happens on perhaps one in every 10,000 plants (which is why it is good luck), while others claim they are actually from a plant called Pepperwort (Water Clover) or Oxalis-both plants producing four leaves and not just an uncommon variation of the three leaved version.

Clovers have held a position in the cultural lives of many people through out history. White clover was held in high regard in Wales by the Celts as a charm against evil spirits and the Druids which believed to be a sign of great luck.

Sir John Melton wrote in the 17th century: “If a man walking in a field find any four-leaved grass, he shall shortly find some thing good,” which is where the ‘good luck’ is believed to have come from.  The mystique of this unique clover has continues till today, since finding an authentic four leaf clover is still rare and believed an omen of good luck.

In Hawaii Ti plant (pronounced tea) is linked to several legends, and good luck. One is that you will have good luck if you plant a ring of the ti (or good luck plant) around the perimeter of your house which is alleged to prevent Pele and her lava flow from coming onto your property. The plant comes up from the log in several color combinations, but it is the plain green with the broader leaves that is associated with good luck, and the one used for the lei which is the symbol of greetings and good luck. 

The Snake Plant (or Mother-in-law plant) is also known as the good luck plant.  This evergreen perennial is beautiful and often used as an air filtering plant as it can absorb certain airborne poisons, as well as acting as a natural humidifier. Perhaps this is where the luck comes in.

It was thought that in the ancient Chinese, as well as the Asian culture by giving a gift of living bamboo you would ensure good fortune to the recipient. Today it is still known as Lucky Bamboo. Actually, four bamboo stems secured with red thread is given, not only as a symbol of luck but double happiness. They are believed to bring balance, and help keep a more perfect Feng Shui in the home or work place.

Braided Monkey plants are known as Good luck plants in Taiwan where a poor farmer once found the strange new plant in his field one day.  After taking it home, caring for it and studying how marvelously it grew and could be separated without hurting the plant he began to prosper from the sale of it from that time on.

In France, it is the Lily of the Valley that is regarded as the good luck plant.  Cultivated for well over 500 hundred years it was once widely used to bring good luck by using it for brides in their bouquet.  The tradition in spring-May the first, actually, is to exchange a small sprig of this flower (Muguet-du-Bois) with friends or loved one for good luck all the way around.  Believed to have been started by Charles IX in the 16th century after he, himself, was presented with a small bouquet as a token of good luck, tradition has it the king was so delighted he had several made up-one for each of the Ladies of his Court.