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Houseplants that Appeal to Manly Men

Green Circle Growers - Monday, March 21, 2011

Men may not admit it, but they enjoy plants and flowers as much as women do. The testosterone-charged male psyche is not immune to the allure of a soothing green potted plant or a cheerful burst of colorful flowers. Yet, despite the fact that some of the world’s greatest gardeners are men, flowers and plants have always had a distinctly feminine cachet. Perhaps it’s because our society tends to associate the delicate, curving forms and soft pastel shades of many plants with female traits. However, there are many bolder plants available that have a decidedly masculine air.

In choosing plants or flowers for a man, look for plants that are easy to care for. Men are attracted to sharp, clean lines and bold, bright colors. The following plants are guaranteed man-pleasers:

Aloe Vera. With thick, fleshy, sword-shaped leaves Aloe Vera appears to have some heft to it. Men like its bold, clean lines and are attracted by the fact that this plant serves a purpose. When broken off, Aloe Vera leaves exude a creamy white sap that can be used to soothe and heal cuts and burns.

Bromeliad. This tropical beauty “flowers” in a burst of compact yellow, red or orange leaves. Showy without being flowery, men appreciate this plant’s exotic good looks.

Jade. A sturdy, solid-looking plant, Jade trees exhibit tree-like growth with dark stems supporting “florets” of thick, fleshy, oval leaves. With age and care, Jade trees will flower in tiny, delicate white blossoms that cover their branches, creating a breathtaking display.

Spathiphyllum. Large, densely-packed, ovoid green foliage provides a soothing natural touch to indoor rooms. The plant’s oval, leaf-shaped, white “flower” provides a pleasing, yet unusual, contrast