Popular in winter arrangements, Money Plant was introduced to England from Germany in the late 1500s and brought to America by the Puritans. Also called honesty, silver dollar, satinflower, penny flower, Judas' penny, and moonwort. Plant in mass in beds, borders, or along the edge of shrubbery where shining pods can catch the sunlight. As a biennial sowed in spring, it will produce flowers/silvery seed pods the following year.
Botanical Name: Lunaria annua
Native: Southeastern Europe
Hardiness: Biennial in USDA zones 5–9
Plant Dimensions: 18″–36″ tall
Variety Information: ½”, four-petaled flowers in white, and purple-magenta appear on branched clusters atop 18″–36″ tall stems.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost for bloom the following spring. Sow in late summer/fall for blooms the following year.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Does not transplant well. Sow in biodegradable pots to reduce root disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 14 – 20 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″ – 15″
Thinning: When 1″ tall thin to 1 every 12″ – 15″