Jade Plant Symbolism: Discover the Meaning of This Iconic Plant

Written by Sammi Caramela
Published: September 15, 2023
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The jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a popular type of succulent that’s commonly known as the “lucky plant,” “friendship plant,” and “money plant.” The plant has green, shiny, thick leaves that store water. Native to South Africa, the succulent is easy to grow and a popular housewarming gift, as it’s said to bring good luck into a space. In fact, the jade plant carries deep spiritual symbolism. In fact, it’s commonly used in feng shui as a way to attract abundance and money. 

Keep reading to learn more about the various spiritual meanings of the iconic jade plant.

Jade Plant Symbolism

Jade plants are associated with various positive spiritual meanings. Here are some of the most common.

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Hand tidying a Jade plant pot. Row of potted plants on a balcony, urban jungle concept

Jade plants have glossy, green, vibrant leaves.

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Also known as the “friendship tree,” the jade plant is commonly given to friends as gifts. This is especially the case for housewarming, as many believe the plant will bring luck to its environment. Additionally, gifting the jade plant to a loved one is meant to represent your dedication to and appreciation for your friendship with them.


In feng shui, the color green is often tied to the idea of renewal and regeneration. With its green shoots and ability to propagate, the jade plant is often seen as a symbol of renewal. Jade plants also often drop their leaves (which is a normal part of their growth), this is a direct representation of renewal. It signifies our ability to start fresh — to shed what no longer serves us so we can grow healthier patterns.


It’s said that jade plants are magnets to financial abundance. In fact, many people believe having a jade plant at your office will help you attract more money. Some will even place important financial documents under their jade plants, as they claim it will help increase their finances. 

Because they store water in their leaves, it’s said that the plant represents stored wealth. Additionally, two branches often grow from one stem (especially when pruned), which symbolizes the propagation of money. This is why another name for the jade plant is “money plant.”


Jade plants are used in feng shui to attract luck and — as mentioned above — wealth. Often called the “lucky plant,” jade plants act as a good omen when placed around the home. In fact, many people will even purchase jade plants as housewarming gifts to cultivate a positive energy within the new home. 


The jade plant is a type of evergreen plant, which represents both permanence and stability. Due to its tie to financial wealth and abundance, the plant also symbolizes security — especially when it comes to money and career success. 


Though they might start small, jade plants can actually grow up to 6 feet tall. However, this growth occurs slowly over time (about two inches per year). This reminds us that no matter how slowly we think we are progressing in life, all that matters is that we are taking steps in the right direction. Growth of any sort deserves to be celebrated.


Success often goes hand-in-hand with an increase in finances, which is exactly what the jade plant embodies. However, success can mean much more than just career progression and money. Success might be as simple as finding peace and happiness in your life and your personal relationships. The jade plant reminds us that success can be simple — it’s how we define it.

How to Care for Jade Plants

Overall, jade plants are relatively easy to grow. However, the following tips will help your jade plant thrive.

A closeup of Crassula ovata, commonly known as jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree.

Jade plants can withstand both cold and drought conditions outdoors without losing their leaves.


Do Not Overwater Your Jade Plant

Jade plants are a type of succulent, so they don’t need as much water as many other plants. It’s important to let your jade plant’s soil completely dry before feeding it water. That way, the soil won’t hold on to moisture or cause its roots to rot. You will know when your plant needs good watering, as its soil will be dry to the touch.

Soak and Let Water Drain

When it is time to water your jade plant, you’ll want to soak it until the water drains. This means your plant should have a pot with drain holes. You can hold it over your sink to allow the water to fully leak out before placing the plant back on a small dish (so leftover water doesn’t ruin furniture). 

Since they’re prone to root rot, you’ll want to use well-draining soil to allow enough moisture in the soil without it holding on to too much water. Excess water and moisture can easily lead to root rot, which can completely kill the plant if not properly treated. 

Use a Smaller Pot

Jade plants prefer smaller pots to larger ones. Large pots make for larger volumes of soil which will hold on to more water. As mentioned above, this isn’t healthy for a jade plant. Using a smaller pot with drain holes will provide the ideal environment for your plant to thrive in. 

Prune Your Jade Plant

You don’t have to prune your jade plant for it to thrive, but doing so can promote branching. If you prune one stem, typically two new branches will grow from the node. This will make your plant appear fuller and grow larger in size. Additionally, it will thicken the stems so they’re not as weak. You can prune your jade plant once per year (usually during spring).

Place It in a Sunny Place

Full sun is best for jade plants. It’s best to place it near the brightest place in your home, but make sure your plant adjusts to the light first. If you notice signs of scorched leaves, decrease the amount of time it sits in the sun or move it out of the direct sunlight. In other words, acclimate it before fully introducing it to the full sun. You can also use a grow light if you don’t get much direct sunlight within your home.

Jade Plant Uses and Occasions

Here are a few specific benefits and uses of jade plants. 

Potted jade plant

Potted jade plants are easy to care for and can add a pop of color and luck to your home.


Housewarming Gift

Jade plants are common housewarming gifts, as they’re known to attract luck, positivity, and abundance. Depending on where you place the plant in your home, according to fung shui, you can cultivate harmony, an improvement in finances, and improved health. 

Friendship Token

Known as the “friendship plant,” jade plants make the perfect gifts for our dear loved ones. When we want to show that we care about someone, gifting them this beautiful succulent can remind them that they’re loved and appreciated. You can never go wrong by expressing gratitude for the people in your life.

Natural Humidifier

Jade plants can increase the humidity of their environment, which is especially beneficial during colder months. This can help you stay nourished and keep your skin hydrated. In fact, having a jade plant in your home can actually increase the overall air quality and contribute to a healthier environment. 

Chinese Medicine

Many people believe jade plants have properties that can assist with wound healing, stomach upset, skin warts, and other ailments. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine references the plant as a diabetes remedy. 

Jade Plant: Bottom Line

Jade plants are popular, easy-to-maintain succulents that carry deep spiritual symbolism. With its positive associations and apparent ability to attract money and luck, the plant makes the perfect addition to any home or office space.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Olga Miltsova/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Sammi is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering cats, nature, symbolism, and spirituality. Sammi is a published author and has been writing professionally for six+ years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Writing Arts and double minors in Journalism and Psychology. A proud New Jersey resident, Sammi loves reading, traveling, and doing yoga with her little black cat, Poe.

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