Lunaria - Honesty, Money Plant, Moonwort, Satin Flower, Silver Dollars
DESCRIPTION: These annuals and perennials are found naturally from Europe to eastern Siberia. They are grown for their pretty flowers and decorative seedpods, called silicles. Lunaria (commonly called Honesty, Money Plant, Moonwort, Satin Flower and Silver Dollars) is derived from luna, the moon, and refers to the shape of the seedpods. L. rediviva is a perennial that grows 24 to 30 inches high. Its oval-lance-shaped leaves are finely serrated and medium green; they are sometimes tinged with maroon. The small, fragrant flowers have 4 petals and are borne in erect, branching clusters, in the spring. They may be purple, lilac or white. The oval seedpods are silvery and translucent.
POTTING: These plants will thrive in poor soil, but fertile, moist soil that has good drainage is the best. Place them in a sunny or partially shaded position. In early fall, the stems bearing the seeds should be cut and hung upside down in a cool, airy room for a week or two to dry completely.
PROPAGATION: They may be divided in the spring, or seeds may be sown outdoors in the spring or fall.
VARIETIES: L. rediviva; L. annua & var. alba, Munstead Purple.
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