Chinese New Year & Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow 柳絮
The pussy willow plant, also known as Catkins bear their furry buds from late winter onwards and this signifies the beginning of Spring.  The many buds of the pussy willow make it a favourite flower for Chinese New Year. The fluffy white blossoms resemble silk, and they soon give forth young shoots the colour of green jade. Its Chinese name, yin liu, sounds like “money flowing in” which represents the coming of prosperity.

Other popular plants to bring wealth are peonies, orchids, and bamboo pots. These plants represent longevity, luxury, and good fortune.

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