Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Moneyplant (Lunaria annua) March 7, 2010

Biennial, self-seeds readily, so it acts just like a perennial.  Takes sun or shade, purple (sometimes white) blooms in May, wonderful in the woodland garden or under trees.  Drought resistant.  3′ high when in bloom.

By the end of the first summer, the plant will be a large clump of leaves 6″ high and wide.  The 2nd spring, the plant flowers with purple or white stalks of flowers.  Afterward, you’ll see the “money” form, coins that start out green and then turn papery white.  Inside each “coin” are 3-4 seeds.  Spread them around your woodland garden and reserve half, if you like, to scatter the following summer.  That way you’ll have moneyplant blooming every spring instead of every-other.  Enjoy!

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