Faeries thrive in nature, so it’s no surprise that they’re more active right now with Summer in full sswing. Lately, I’ve felt called to add quite a few new plant babies to my little patio garden, despite my persistent black thumb. Luckily, the Fae have shown me that no matter how bad you may think you are at gardening, if you provide them with the right plants and energy, they’ll protect those babies with everything they’ve got!
After my little call to action in the garden department, I thought I’d share some plants that are irresistible to the Fae so that you, too, can invite their beautiful energy into your space and receive their blessings. Some are traditional to Faery folklore, while others are ones I have used in my own practice and felt the fae’s spirit within. Intuition truly is your best guide when adding onto your faery garden!
Here are a few of my favorite fae-pleasing plants:
Quite common in decorative gardens, Foxgloves are beautiful flowers that have long been tied to the fae. It’s said that planting Foxglove next to your front door will help invite faeries in, while keeping a cutting of Foxglove on your altar helps boost your spells with faery magick. The Good Folk are very protective of this plant, so if you need to take a small cutting or trim the plant while gardening, always remember to ask the fae first. If you see foxglove growing in the wild, leave them be and do not harvest them at all. Causing undue harm to a Foxglove or neglecting to care for your personal plant properly can bring out the ire of the fae, causing a string of bad luck until they’ve been appeased. And whatever you do...don’t ingest the flowers! Like Morticia Addams, Foxgloves are beautiful but deadly. If you ask me, my favorite part of the Foxglove plant is just how much lore is attached to its backstory. For instance, one Norwegian folklore tells how the fae showed foxes how to ring the bell-shaped flowers to warn each other of danger -- in this case, hunters looking for fox skins. What a beautiful connection!
The quickest way to attract the faeries into your magickal workings — other than outright covering yourself in moss and becoming a tree — is to plant clover! Clovers attract fae that deal with love, loyalty, and psychic abilities. If you’re looking to delve deeper into the mysteries of divination, keep a small pot of clovers near your reading table or altar. It’s believed that by cultivating clover and bringing it’s lush energy into your home, that the fae are more likely to show themselves to you. Since clovers are (surprise!) edible, here’s a neat practical magic tip if you’re looking to incorporate the fae’s energy into your daily life: infuse distilled water with clover and enchant it under the full moon. Drink this water while working faerie spells or meditating in the Faerie Realm to help open your third eye. This will help you see the fae and interact with their energy more easily.
These gorgeous flowers are guaranteed to attract the fae and make them happy! In Scotland, where the fae run wild, Bluebells traditionally represented humility, gratitude, and everlasting love. Similar to the clover, Bluebells are said to help humans see the fae more easily and connect with their energy on a physical level. In folklore, fairies were said to ring the tiny bells of this plant to summon the Good Folk to their faery gatherings. Since they’re sacred to the faeries in this way, it was told that the fae would cast spells on anyone who damaged or picked bluebells. This lead to many in Scotland refusing to walk through fields of Bluebells, which was considered unlucky and unwise.
Planting Bluebells in an outdoor garden gives the fae somewhere to dance and enjoy themselves. They’re relatively easy to care for, even for witches who didn’t get the green thumb. They do best in partially shaded areas of the garden, along hedges and underneath orchard trees. The nectar from these beautiful flowers also attracts butterflies and bees, which will please the fae even more and attract their blessings.
Thyme is an excellent addition to your garden due to its deep connection to the Sidhe and its use in kitchen witchery. What better way to combine faery magick and food? Sprinkling Thyme along your windowsills and doorways has long been said to attract the fae into your home, and this herb can be used in pillow sachets to help you interact with fae in the Faery Realm during your astral travels. Carrying sprigs of Thyme around with you can also help you see the physical manifestations of faeries, however there is also folklore to suggest that this can protect you from faery mischief as well.
If you have a Thyme plant, try making your own infused oil for use in faery magick spells! Simply — and gently — crush your Thyme in a small pestle and add it to a jar of olive oil. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for around 2 weeks. You can either leave the herbs in or strain them, depending on your preference. This homemade magickal oil can then be used to anoint charms or divination tools.
Last but never least, Elderberries have one of the strongest connections to the Good Folk out of any plant. Faeries love berries, and the Elderberry is no exception. Thought to be a gateway to the Underworld, Elderberries are associated with the Goddess and faeries will go crazy for this plant each and every time they’re around it. Specifically, Elderberries that have been picked around Midsummer are imbued with potent faerie magick and should be preserved for use in manifestation spells.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Elderberry’s connection to the fae is Faery Wine. It’s said that if you drink this wine, you’ll be able to pass into the Faery Realm and see the fae with your own eyes. Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own Faery Wine at home:
Gather these ingredients: around 7 lbs. of elderberries, water, 6 cloves, 3 lbs. of loaf sugar, some ground ginger, and a 1/2 oz. packet of yeast.
Boil some water. Place your elderberries into a large pot and add enough of the boiling water to cover the berries.
Cover the pot and let the pot and let it rest for 24 hours. The next day, mash all of the berries well and strain through a cheesecloth.
Place the strained berry mixture into a pot, add some cloves, sugar, and a small bit of ginger.
Boil the new berry mixture for about an hour, making sure to skim the top of the pot occasionally. After an hour has passed, let the mixture cool and add in the yeast.
Bottle your mixture and let it rest for around 3-4 months. You just made your own Faery Wine! Once it’s rested and ready, bust it open and give the first sip to the fae.
Now that you know some of my favorite fae-pleasing plants, get out there and grow some faery magick of your own! 🌱