MONEY PLANT Lunaria annua
Biennial - Two Season Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Usually grown for its translucent 'silver dollar' like seed pods as a dried flower. It blooms with lightly scented purple or white flowers which slowly transform into money plant. It is also known as "Honesty", Satin Flower and Moon Wort.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds in place, in permanent location, covering seed with 1/4 inch fine soil. Plants may bloom and form pods if started in early spring. Can also be started in mid to late summer for blooms the following year.
THINNING AND SPACING: When seedlings are about 3 inches tall, thin to about a foot apart.
GERMINATION: About 2 weeks. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plant in a mostly sunny or partly shady location. Plants thrive with neglect in average garden soil. Cut stems of plants as soon as seed pods start to turn brown. Strip leaves from plants and hang small bunches of plants upside down in a dry, shady spot. You may also need to carefully rub off outside of pod to reveal the silvery center.