Colours and shapes
The Chinese money plant can be identified by the flat, round leaves. Shiny, leathery, thick, dark green pancakes (hence the alternative name of pancake plant) balance on long, thin, red stems. They may not be tasty, but they’re definitely a treat for the eye. This unusual plant grows to a height of some 40cm and as it gets older, the stems will start to twist.
Place a coin in the soil with your Chinese money plant, and it’ll spontaneously start to attract wealth. If you suddenly become very rich, give your plant a real gold pot - it will have earnt it.
A Swedish missionary brought in the Chinese money plant to Europe from China in 1946. The plant was growing on the CanShang Mountains in Yunnan province and that’s why it’s also known as the Chinese Missionary Plant.