I have spent many dollars over the years "adopting" plants who immediately show their appreciation by starting to pine and wilt and eventually die in spite of my ministrations.
It is a lonely death as the plant is hidden away, so as not to frighten new comers, and, to not dispel the notion some friends have, that I have developed a green thumb since buying a house!
Here is my best current* dead plant. I have no idea what it was but I think it looks rather pretty dead. I took these photos before the surgery to my foot.
* My manservant tells me has thrown the petrified remains away – he thought a pot of dirt was more attractive. Men are funny.