Yes, There’s a Plant of the Year, and You’re Going to Want One in Every Room of Your House

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plant of the year 2021

Move over Pantone, we just found out there's a plant of the year and we're ready to stock up our home.

1-800-Flowers revealed the 2021 plant of the year and this is for the casual (or lazy) plant parents out there. The red Maranta prayer plant just became the plant to ring in the new year on a happy note (because let's face it, 2020 was pretty tough). Check out the beauty below.

“As we all take a collective breath and look to a hopeful year ahead, it was important that we select a flower and plant that reflect the optimism that we see for 2021,” says Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising at “Chosen for their symbolism of happiness and gratitude, the sunflower, which stands tall and radiates joy, and the red Maranta prayer plant, with leaves that fold like hands in thankfulness, encourage us to connect with others and make the most of life’s special moments.”

The prayer plant is all about gratitude and respect, something we can all get behind. What makes the plant so special is its distinct pattern with a hint of red on the leaves. But the selling point is how the leaves stay completely flat during the day but fold up (aka like praying hands) at night. It's pretty low maintenance; the plant needs bright, indirect light and high humidity to grow. You'll also want to keep the soil moist and mist often during the winter. 

Aside from making us fall in love with the Red Maranta, the company has also chosen a flower of the year too...the sunflower. Nothing says positivity and happiness like this bright flower. So, whether you're adding one (or both) of the new year's winners, 1-800-Flowers have helpful tips and ways your new plant friend can complement your home in 2021.

Well, it looks like we're upgrading our plant collection.

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