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christmas cactus and money plants

Hereford, United Kingdom Gb

hi everyone, i while back im sure i read somewhere that both plants are from the same family but when i mentioned this to my aunty she was not best pleased at me saying this and refuses any thought of it, was wondering if anyone on here might know? thanks.Rich



Lunaria annua which is commonly called Money or Honesty plant is not a cactus. Newer "money" plants promoted as oriental charms include "Lucky Bamboo" which is a dracaena and Pachira.

21 Oct, 2009


so they definetly aint the same then,oopsie,best go apologise,thankyou

21 Oct, 2009


You are not confusing the succulent plant Crassula arborescens are you? This is sometimes called the Money Plant (nothing to do with Lunaria or Honesty which is also called a Money Plant).

Crassula arborescens is in the plant family Crassulaceae.

The Christmas Cactus is in an unrelated plant family, the Cactaceae. This may change in due course as the Purslane family (Portulacaceae) looks likely to absorb them making the Cactus family a sub-family of the Purslane family.

Finally, the Honesty plant is a Cabbage/Mustard being in the Cruciferae.

21 Oct, 2009


I have to say that arguing over the relationship between plant families and their relatedness seems a tad odd, especially if you are pushing a point about something that you didn't know the answer too. You were still wrong so yes, apologise :-))

21 Oct, 2009


it wasnt so much arguing, but i asked the question because of what id read but have since apologised,thanks for all your help

21 Oct, 2009

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