Money Plant (Lunaria annua) is an easy-to-grow biennial that is called many names, including Dollar Plant, Silver Dollars, Honesty Plant, and Moonwort. This plant grows to just over two feet high and has large, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with pronounced serrated edges. Money Plant blossoms very early in the spring. To me, the flowers look like a butterfly shape. Each flower has four petals and can be shades of reddish-purple or white.
After the flowers fade, the plant forms seed pods that eventually become the shape and size of silver dollars. The seed pods start out green and become silvery, and after they dry they become so transparent you can see the dried seeds inside.
The Money Plant drops its seeds and reseeds readily, so if you have them growing in an undisturbed area, they will keep producing flowers and seed pods year after year. The dried seed pods are so light-weight, they travel easily, and you may even find (like I do) that you have Money Plants growing in unexpected places without knowing how they got there!
It is possible to grow Money Plants in almost any soil because they aren’t at all fussy about growing conditions, but they will thrive in a good, fertile soil in a sunny or partly-shaded location. The dried seed pods look very decorative and are often used in flower arrangements.
Every thing you say is true! I was looking for validation for a summer teaching class I’m taking- I respect your site’s integrity. I believe my lunaria came from Petersham,MA… I saw it stowed in the Parsonage house attic at Old Sturbridge Village, wondering about lunaria some. Kerry
Norm. and Carolyn
We see these on Peacock Hill in Victoria, BC…..so prominent amongst the blue bells and Camus lillies in spring.(April/May)
The seed pods shine in the light in Feb…..a sole splash of colour in a drab landscape.