Former Courant colleague Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune takes a look at lucky bamboo, a fortuitous plant for the Chinese New Year, which arrives this Thursday, Feb. 19, and other food and flowers that are ripe with symbolism for the holiday.
Turns out lucky bamboo isn’t bamboo at all: www.courant.com/sc-home-0209-garden-lucky-bamboo-20150204-story.html
Lucky bamboo resembles bamboo but is in the Dracaena family. It’s sold in many shapes and with various numbers of stalks. The plant pictured here has eight stalks, a number that symbolizes wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture. (Photo via ML Harris, Iconica)