Plants can brighten up your indoor environment by transforming an otherwise boring room into a vibrant space. That’s especially considering the species of houseplants you prefer and the spots in the house where you place them.
However, houseplants serve numerous purposes besides adding a layer of aesthetic appeal to your indoor ambiance. Many of these plants also come with a host of therapeutic benefits.
The extracts from most houseplants contain immense medicinal properties. Some of the medical problems you may relieve using these extracts include pain, irritability, insomnia, inflammation, nausea, and even erectile dysfunction.
Houseplants may also improve your indoor air quality. Certain plants have been shown to help absorb radioactive particles emitted by electronic gadgets and electrical appliances. Notable examples include cactus, asparagus fern, and the snake plant.
Some houseplants could also be used for culinary purposes. Such plants may be harvested and used as vegetables, salads, or spices.
But for many plant enthusiasts, houseplants aren’t only favored for their decorative, therapeutic, or culinary benefits. These plants are also considered regular members of the household. As such, they receive the love and care that any valued household member would demand. That includes giving them the right amount of water, food, and sunlight.
If you’re among the people who grow houseplants for sentimental purposes, you’d naturally want to give your plants a befitting name. If anything, all other household members are called by their unique names.
The good news is that there are tons of names you can give to your adorable houseplants. You only need to know where to look. And since you’re already here, you won’t need to look elsewhere.
The following sections highlight 60 fancy names to bestow upon your favorite green roommate.
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Criteria for Naming Houseplants
There are several things to bear in mind while naming your houseplants.
For starters, you ought to have known the plant long enough to understand its character and personality. Strange as it may sound, plants have specific character traits that define how we relate with them. For instance, certain plants are associated with good luck, whereas others are believed to bring misfortune. There are also specific plant varieties that carry immense spiritual symbolism.
So, understanding your houseplant’s personality can help you hone in on a befitting name for it. Going by the above illustrations, a plant known to bring good luck could have a name like “Lucky” or “Lucky Charm.”
Phenotypic features and behavioral characteristics are other considerations while looking for a decent name for your houseplant. For instance, some plants grow into dense foliage, whereas others are considerably sparse. Similarly, some houseplants are climbers while others are creepers.
Last but not least, you can choose a name for your houseplants based on factors completely unrelated to botany. Examples include names based on celebrities, Greek gods and goddesses, the solar system, colors of the rainbow, etc.
Plant Names Based On Plants
If you’re not really the creative type, you can simply give your houseplant a name based on its real botanical reference.
The name could be the plant’s actual moniker, its nickname, or a fancy variation. Feel free to play around with the variations to come up with something that’s as cool-sounding as possible.
You could also harness the variation from the plant’s scientific name. For instance, Spanish lavender goes by the scientific name Lavandula stoechas. In this case, you won’t go wrong with a name variation like “Van Dula” or “Dula.”
Should you choose to go with the plant’s actual name, ensure the name still sounds cute enough. A too-common name like “Cactus” will have lesser appeal than, say, “Vera” based on Aloe Vera.
The following are cute plant names derived from the actual plants:
If you want a name that sounds even fancier, you might consider adding a title to the above names. Think along the lines of “Mr. Sage,” “Ms. Vera,” “Dr. Rosemary,” etc.
Plant Names for Foodies
Some plants conjure up images of food whenever we think about them.
This could be due to the fact that the plants take on a particular shape that resembles specific foods as they grow. Or, they exude a certain aroma that resonates with your favorite foods.
In either case, you may find it suitable to name the plant after the foods you relate them with.
Here are some amazing food-inspired plant names:
3. Kerry Gold
4. Mc Nugget
Celebrity-Inspired Plant Names
We all have that one celebrity, perhaps even two or more, whom we always look up to. They could be a musician, actor, model, internet personality, or business mogul.
Whoever your favorite celebrity is, it’s great to know that you can also name your houseplants after them.
When selecting a celebrity-inspired plant name, the convention is to start with the celebrity’s name followed by a name based on that specific plant. Another common practice is to ignore the celebrity’s name altogether and instead, consider an achievement they’re known for. Perhaps their greatest music hit, Hollywood blockbuster, or a company associated with them.
The following list is a great place to begin your search for celebrity-inspired plant names:
1. Aloha Vera
2. Amy Vinehouse
3. Britney Spearsmint
4. Cactus Everdeen
5. Elvis Prickly
6. Fernie Sanders
7. Katniss Evergreen
9. Morgan Treeman
10. Orlando Bloom
11. Ron Parsley
Plant Names for Pairs, Trios, or Group Plants
If you’re a plant enthusiast, the chances are that you cultivate a couple of plants and not just one. You probably also love to bundle your plants into groups of twos, threes, fours, etc.
It’s great to know that you could come up with a creative plant name for plants that grow side by side.
Below are a few group plant names to check out:
1. Bonnie and Clyde
2. Calvin and Hobbes
3. Cosmo & Wanda
4. Kirk and Spock
5. Simon & Garfunkel
6. Tom and Jerry
7. Walt & Jesse
8. The Supremes
9. The Dynamic Duo
10. The Magic Trio
11. The Fantastic Four
12. The Powerpuff Girls
Funny Plant Name Ideas
There are tons of funny names to give to your plant. As with all the above plant name categories, these names are largely inspired by a plant’s physical characteristics and personality.
However, some funny plant names may not necessarily be related to a plant’s inherent features. Provided the name can elicit a good laugh, it’s okay to give it to your green companion.
Some common funny plant names include:
1. Amber Flores
2. Baby Bloomer
4. Dick Mc Plantain
5. Justin Shade
6. Mark the Climber
7. Monster Creeper
8. Morgan Treeman
9. Mr. Sticky
10. Robert Greene
11. Rosemary Thorn
12. Wandering Joe
Giving your plants catchy names is a great way to foster a healthy symbiotic relationship with your green companions.
However, remember that after all is said and done, plants will only thrive if well nourished.
So, strive to raise your plants under ideal climatic conditions, which include adequate watering and exposure to the right amount of sunshine, temperature, and humidity.