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Lunaria, Money Plant

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Grown for the silvery white seed pods.

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Money Plant is a biennial that is grown for the silvery white, flattened, disc-like seed pods. Plants bloom with clusters of lavender flowers in spring and make pods second summer after seeds are sown. It is these coin-shaped pods that make it attractive in dried arrangements. GARDEN HINTS: To dry seed pods; cut when fully developed, bunch and hang stems upside down in an airy place until completely dry, 2-3 weeks. Remove brown husks on sides of seed pod by gently rubbing between thumb and finger.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

30 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-30 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Dried Flowers

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Lunaria: Direct Sow Biennial

How to Sow

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in a sunny or lightly shaded location in the garden in spring after danger of last frost. In the Deep South, Gulf or Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow evenly and thinly and cover with fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.

How to Grow

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Lunaria produces foliage the first year and blooms and makes “money” the second.

Growing Tips

  • While the seedpods are the main attraction, lunaria flowers are nicely scented as well as pretty.
  • Plants are biennial and die after forming seed pods. Cut some seed pods for dried arrangements, but leave some in the garden as lunaria self-sows with enthusiasm.
Zone
4-8
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
30 inches
Spread
24-30 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Ornamental Use
Borders, Dried Flowers
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Lunaria
Life Cycle
Perennial
Lunaria, Money Plant is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful purple flowers the second year. This is a great plant for sun or shade. Burpee neglects to mention that it is a biennial so save some seed from the packet to sow the following year. This method will give you flowers and pods yearly. Let some pods stay on for winter interest. They self sow freely, but the seedlings are easy to remove from unwanted locations.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lunaria, Money Plant I have grown this plant in two backyards in Michigan! Just throw the seeds on the desired spot in the fall, and they will sprout either the next spring or the second spring. This plant is fairly aggressive and once they take hold, you will have beautiful purple flowers! After the flowers drop off in summer, there will be green flat plants on the stems. Leave these alone until they start to dry up and somewhat fall off. There will be seeds inside these pods. Gently rub off the flat outer pods and gather the seeds that are inside the pods to start additional gardens if you like. Be careful while doing this because the inside of the pods are the white silky plants (shown in the picture) that can be used to decorate! Of course your crop will be thicker the next year because of the seeds that will drop on the ground. Another good thing is that the seeds can be used for bio-fuel if someone can come up with a good way to harvest them.
Date published: 2012-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I've planted these several years in a row...Nothing. Give up on it. : (
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing Beautifully I bought as seeds in 2009 and was disappointed nothing grew, but suddenly in 2010 I have been delighted to find two-foot-tall purple flowered plants making "money" in those circular flat pods. Not sure if last year was just a bad year for growth or it needed extra time to settle into my garden. I'm thrilled!
Date published: 2010-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from None germinated I'm very disappointed to say that not one seed germinated. Will try again in the Fall since I am Zone 8b.
Date published: 2009-06-20
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