Unwanted Houseplant

Jim said, “This looks like a great conversation starter, but sadly I can’t keep it, as my inquisitive and playful cats will most likely destroy it.  They won’t be able to resist the long, shiny green leaves on this plant, which will quiver in the gentlest breeze.  It may not be toxic to cats, but if they were to ingest it, they would most likely end up win an upset stomach and then they would be puking up those nasty fur balls all over the house.  The flexible ornamental trunk would make it a tempting invitation for them to start climb on and I could just see all of them up there jumping around on their new toy.  With those multiple trees planted and their trunks entangled together, this would provide the perfect ladder for my curious cats, so I just can’t accept your thoughtful gift.”

Kathie said, “Jim nobody turns down a money tree, that is like spitting in the face of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune.  Good fortune can easily turn to bad, as the ball of luck is capable of rolling in any direction and a path toward riches and wealth could suddenly change and you would end up on the path of misery and bad luck.  The Crassula ovata is not toxic to cats and it is commonly known as a jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree.  It is a succulent plant with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions.  It is the most popular plant for “Feng Shui” meaning “wind” and “water”, a concept derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it and thus it creates positive energy (Chi or Qi).  They can grow quite tall, up to seven feet and each tree is actually four to five separate trees with their trunks braided  together.  Supposedly a poor man prayed for money, and then he found this odd plant, took it home as an omen, and had great fortune in selling plants grown from its seeds.  It has small pink or white flowers that is native to the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa, and Mozambique.”

Jim said, “I don’t know your goddess Tyche, but I am sure that she is no match for my God.  My God is the real God and if I wanted to know my future, then I would consult with my true God.  I have never heard of this Feng Shui chop suey nonsense before and I think that some people go around telling everyone what they want to hear, just to make them feel good.”

Written for KL Caley’s Thursday photo prompt – Money Tree.

8 thoughts on “Unwanted Houseplant

  1. Ha! Very informative Jim! I thought I recognized that ‘tree’. But I had no idea of its name nor all the information you shared about it. And the Goddess Tyche? I’d say hedge your bets man (no pun intended). 😉 Nobody in their right senses turns down free money. You just gotta watch out for the ‘hook’ buried in it! LOL

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  2. I love all your details, Jim. Is this true or have you made it up – “Supposedly a poor man prayed for money, and then he found this odd plant, took it home as an omen, and had great fortune in selling plants grown from its seeds.”?
    Thank you for joining in the challenge


    KL ❤

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