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Jupiter is one of the social planets. It has affinity with our life in community and the common ground we share. This includes land surrounding our public institutions such as libraries, city halls and universities. In countries with a ruling monarchy, Jupiter's influence may be seen in the formal gardens near the homes of royalty. In lands of democracy, parks and recreation officials seem cosmically inspired to plant Jupiter's oak and chestnut trees in public parks and around government buildings.

Colorful and Hardy

The plants associated with Jupiter always make a grand public display. They are big and colorful and they demand to be noticed. Like royalty, these plants are often clothed in purple but also blue, yellow and sea green. Who can ignore a group of flowering canna bulbs or a red bud tree in full bloom? Close to our homes, Jupiter's plants prefer living in front yards so neighbors and those passing by can enjoy them. They make a visual statement that other people understand as shared beauty and pleasure, our gift to the neighborhood.

Jupiter is the eternal optimist, so its plants never become discouraged, even when growing conditions are less than ideal. They are extremely hardy, able to survive a crowded urban environment and even inclement weather. Gardeners who've witnessed a bed of tulips persist through a late spring snow understand how Jupiter's hope and enthusiasm can overcome many obstacles.

Flowers of Faith

Our faith communities come under the domain of Jupiter, so those heavenly floral arrangements that accompany worship services are also connected with this planet. The flowers that adorn our altars—the gladiolas, dahlias and passionflowers—have an affinity with this planet. No rite of passage, like a wedding or funeral, would be complete without an exhibit of Jupiter's flowers.

Nature’s Bounty

Jupiter is also the most bountiful of planets. Annuals that continue to produce flowers all summer such as petunias belong to Jupiter, as do many species of evergreens. Out of this bounty comes great generosity and kindness toward others. This planet assures we'll always have enough daisies and delphiniums to share with friends and family.

Most vegetables are considered too common to fall under the domain of Jupiter. The bounteous zucchini has traditionally been assigned to the Moon. However, the size of its leaves and liberal amount of produce make this author suspect hybrid zucchini has been cross pollinated with a rare Jupiter species. Zucchini is the only gift so plentiful that even polite people feel free to reject it.

Jupiter’s Herbs

Herbalists are familiar with the beneficial effects of Jupiter's herbs. In the body, this planet governs the liver and lungs. Its herbs are considered beneficial to these organs and to all diseases that stem from corruption of the blood. Liverwort, lungwort and selfheal are three Jupiter herbs used to promote healing of these kinds of infirmity. Plants of borage, sage and chervil bring Jupiter's beneficial influence into our herb beds and our salads.

Jupiter is known as "The Great Benefic," the planet of extreme good fortune. Where Saturn sets limits and boundaries, Jupiter expands them. It invites us to go beyond our limits, to stretch and expand our horizons by doing something entirely different. Jupiter insists that we don't become rigid or stale. Gardeners who experiment by planting even a few new varieties of plants each year are paying homage to Jupiter. Those who share their harvest with others are living in accordance with the highest principles of this benefic planet.

Plants of Jupiter

Trees, Shrubs and Shrublets

  • Cedar (Cedrus)
  • Juniper (Juniperus)
  • Oak (Quercus)
  • Scarlet maple (Acer rubrum)
  • Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Perennials, Bulbs and Bulb-like Plants

  • Canna (Cannaceae)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Globe thistle (Echinops)
  • Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Iris (Iridaceae)
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
  • Prunella (Self-heal)
  • Purple loosetrife (Lythrum virgatum)
  • Speedwell (Veronica)
  • Tulips (Liliaceae)
  • Annuals, Biennials and Grasses
  • Annual phlox (Phlox drummondii)
  • Bellflower (Campula)
  • Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra')
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
  • Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maggie Anderson has an M.S. degree in marital and family therapy. She writes four weekly columns for AstroNet under the pen name "AstroMaggi" and does private readings for individuals and couples.

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Other StarIQ articles by Maggie Anderson:

  • Gardening by the Phases of the Moon   4/7/2012
  • Gardening by the Phases of the Moon   8/1/2001
  • Gardening by the Signs of the Moon   7/10/2001
  • Keeping Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions   1/1/2001
  • Of Plants and Planets: Mars   11/11/2000
  • Of Plants and Planets: Saturn   8/5/2000
  • Gardening by the Signs of the Moon   6/17/2000

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