Lunaria…also called honesty, money plant, silver dollar, or moonwort. We love this plant for its spring color when in bloom and then again in late Summer when its papery, translucent, silver moons put on a show. The seed pods will form as the flowers begin to die back. Use green or leave on the plant until seed pods have dried. Cleaning the outer layer of the pods will display their shiny skins.
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, garden soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun is appropriate in northern areas, but plants appreciate some afternoon shade to full shade here in Georgia. Although biennial, this plant freely self-seeds in the garden, and once established, will never disappear. Please plant responsibly.
Sow seeds outdoors in spring as soon as the ground can be worked. You can also sow indoors however they do not like their roots to be disturbed and would prefer to been sown in place in our experience. Regardless of when you plant, place seeds in the freezer for at least 2 weeks to encourage germination. Plants produce only foliage the first year, but bloom and fruit the second year before dying. In USDA Zones 8-10, seed may be sown in fall and plants will flower and seed the following year.
Space 9-12″ if planting in rows.
Seed pack contains approx. 100 seeds.
***Please note: Lunaria can become invasive if not kept in check. It’s best to harvest the branches as soon as the plant dries to avoid spreading of seed. Lunaria is a biannual so if it does get out of hand, just weedeat the plants down before flowering and it will kill them back. ***