I love plants. I grew up in a house that felt like a jungle and with a mom who made sure every square inch of our yard was covered with garden. Seriously — even the half a foot between the driveway and house has perennials sprouting up. Plants have always played an important part in my life, but I never really thought about what plant would best describe my relationship style — until now.
Zico, the coconut water company, funded a survey that included 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults and 200 more in 12 major cities. The survey was called “At the Core” and it asked a lot of questions about how people felt about their current place in life. One of those questions was which plant people thought best matched their romance personality. Were they prickly, like a cactus? Clingy, like a vine? Or low-maintenance, like a fern?
Considering those three options, it’s probably not surprising that 57 percent of the people surveyed said that their romance personality best matched a fern — i.e. “self-sufficient and low maintenance.” The next most popular plant was cactus, with 26 percent saying that they were “prickly on the outside but sweet on the inside,” and vine — “protective but clingy” — brought up the rear with 17 percent.
But I have a bone to pick with these results. While I’m sure that most people like to believe that they’re low-maintenance and self sufficient in relationships, my years writing about dating and sex suggest that’s probably not true. I think more revealing would be a survey asking people what their partners’ plant personalities are. I’d also like to add a few more categories to the list, based on author Carol Klein’s categorization of the personalities of plants. Where does your romantic personality fall on the list?