Elizabeth Entenman
Updated Feb 07, 2019 @ 11:22 am
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Truth time: 364 days a year, a dozen red roses are a pretty manageable expense. But on Valentine’s Day, the price is astronomical. Don’t get us wrong; we love roses. But when you buy them, you end up paying a lot for something that will, invariably, die within a few days. While giving flowers is a lovely gesture, we have a better idea: This year, give Valentine’s Day plants instead.

Valentine’s Day plants last much longer than Valentine’s Day flowers. They’re easier to take care of than a bouquet, too. Plus, they’ll end up lasting you months, if not years. And every time your partner looks at them, they’ll think of you. Isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about, anyway?

Instead of shelling out tons of cash for flowers, shop these cute, Cupid-approved Valentine’s Day plants instead:

1Hoya Heart

$26
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Is there anything cuter than a heart-shaped plant? The Hoya Heart, aka the sweetheart plant, is perfect in every way.

2Panda Plant

$23
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The panda plant is fun to say AND fun to look at. It’s the perfect little addition to your desk, bookshelf, or kitchen table.

3Red Anthurium

$65
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If you’re into the “heart-shaped leaves” theme, you might also consider getting a red anthurium. Bonus: They’re red for Valentine’s Day.

4Pink Dalmatian Aglaonema

$65
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Or, if red’s not your sweetheart’s color, try leaves with pink spots instead.

5Bird’s Nest Fern

$29
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So you can recreate your wildest “You let it die!” love fern fantasies à la How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

6Aloe Vera

$28
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If your Valentine is a first-time plant parent, start them easy with an aloe plant. This one only needs watering every two to three weeks.

7Red Aglaonema

$65
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For the stunning, unique person who dares to live outside the box.

8Stromanthe Triostar

$150
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Splashes of red and pink make this plant an ideal Valentine’s Day gift.

9Air Plant Trio

$50
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If your partner doesn’t have space for a plant, consider gifting them these funky air plants instead. They can stand upright or be mounted to a wall.

10DIY Succulent Terrarium Kit

$78
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This kit is perfect for the DIY-er at heart.