The World’s Oldest Houseplant?


It lives in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, California. It’s exact age is unclear, but safe to say it is older than most of the population, having lived for about 57 years.

The plant is actually three plants that were combined in the same pot as a gift for a hospital patient. It was taken home and cared for by the patient until they died, and, here’s the interesting part, was subsequently adopted and taken home by a family member, where it has lived ever since.

It’s continued existence seems to indicate that these particular plants have no set lifespan so long as they are cared for properly. More important, it says a lot about the person whose taken care of it all this time. When I think of the plant I imagine that keeping it alive meant keeping alive the memory of a beloved family member in physical form.

2 thoughts on “The World’s Oldest Houseplant?

  1. Fifty-seven years doesn’t seem to be older than most humans. And, while houseplants don’t usually live that long, lots of free plants in nature do. Consider the Sequoias! But who am I to talk? I’d be lucky to have a houseplant that lived for ten years.


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