Violet Money Plant (Lunaria Biennis) - Money Plant seeds are often grown for their fall display of papery coin-shaped seed cases, but the violet flowers are quite striking in the spring and the plant can be appreciated strictly for the flowers alone. Lunaria Biennis has a synonymous botanical name of Lunaria Annua. It is also called Money Plant, Honesty, Silver Dollar or sometimes just Lunaria. The Lunaria Honesty Plant makes a bold statement in the front of the flower garden, and in the fall, the flat, translucent, round and papery seed cases appear resembling little moons. With lunar moons and coin-shaped seed cases, you can easily see why it has its different names. The seed cases can be cut and preserved for use in dried arrangements, or they can be left on the Money Plant for fall and winter appeal. If they are left on, they will re-seed. Lunaria Silver Dollar is technically a biennial. This means that after the flower seed is sown, the first year will produce foliage and the second year will produce the display of flowers. After flowering, the violet Honesty plant will typically die. However, it easily re-seeds itself and once it is established, it will continue to produce a display each years. Sow Money Plant seeds directly outdoors in the spring. Cover the flower seed lightly and keep moist. Money Plant Lunaria forms a tap root, so it is best to start the flower seed directly outside in a prepared seedbed.
- Season: Biennial
- USDA Zones: 6 - 10
- Height: 36 inches
- Bloom Season: Early spring to early summer
- Bloom Color: Violet
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade