Money plant or Lunaria makes an bold statement in the front of the perennial garden. It is most often grown for its coin shaped, papery seed heads that resemble small moons. You can easily see why it gets called money plant and lunaria (because the seedpods look lunar or like the moon).
Lunaria biennis (to be horticulturally correct) is technically a biennial – meaning it grows leaves the first year and flowers the second.
After flowering, it dies.
Luckily (or unluckily depending on your point of view) it seldom needs help as it can reseed itself through the garden quite aggressively.
The mauve-pink or white flowers are quite striking in the spring and the plant can be appreciated strictly for the flowers alone.
It seems to do best in a part shade spot or shady spot that isn’t dry and if happy, as indicate above, you’ll never run out of this plant.
It grows 2 to 3 feet tall and approximately 2 feet wide so plant it 18 inches apart and allow it to grow into its neighbours.
The flowers appear in May – June and the seeds come into their own in the end of July, beginning of August.
Many people harvest the seed for floral decorations but do leave some scattered around the garden for the next season’s crop of money.
Seeds of Lunaria can be scattered in the garden to germinate naturally or it starts quite easily indoors. Scatter the seed on the surface of the pot, cover with 1/8 inch of soil, keep the soil warm (water with warm water) and you’ll soon have scads of seedlings.
These instructions are for the outdoor plant only. The indoor Money Plant is another name for Jade Tree (Crassula) and is not covered here.