Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Money tree

0291.  Label on plant in glasshouse at Torre Abbey, Torquay, south Devon, November 2018: ‘Also called Jade Plant, this succulent is surrounded by superstition.  Put a penny near it and wealth will come your way.  If only!!!!  Still, probably more likely than winning the lottery!’

2. 26 November 2012: On sale at The Secret Garden garden centre, Crystal Palace, southeast London, plants probably imported from, and grown in, Holland, labelled as Crassula ovata: Geluksboom, Good luck tree, Glücksbaum, Arbre de bonheur.

3. On sale at Petals Florists, Mitcham Lane, Streatham, London, December 1983: Money Plant £1.20 Watch your money grow.

4. I was given one some years ago, and was told its name was tree-of-happiness [West Wimbledon, London, November 1983].

5. A couple spoke about their money tree. They had bought it at a hospital fair two years ago, and, when they asked what it was, they were told it was a money tree. It would bring good fortune, but if they ever gave the whole plant away the good luck would go with it. It was alright to give away cuttings. The wife had just won on a Grand National sweepstake [London Natural History Society, April 1983].

010Images: main, in window of Chinese takeaway, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, September 2015; upper inset, plant for sale at The Flower Sanctuary, Hildreth Street, Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth, April 2016; lower inset, cultivated abundantly flowering plant, Victoria Square, City of Westminster, London, where it evidently thrives in the open air, March 2015.