LUNARIA biennis (Money Plant) is a biennial flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia. An old fashioned garden plant that is oftenly grown for the silvery white seed pods, looks like silver dollars. It is these coin shaped pods that make it attractive in dried floral arrangements. It is suitable for cultivation in a shady area or in a wild flower garden. Due to its dollar like shape, this flowering plant is named Money-Plant.
Money Plant is a biennial plant, meaning it completes its lifecycle in two years. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbage, mustard, and other flowering plants.
Money Plant grows as an upright, leafy plant with sturdy stems. In the first year, it primarily produces rosettes of large, heart-shaped leaves. In the second year, it sends up tall, erect stems with clusters of fragrant flowers. The flowers have four petals and are typically purple or lavender in color. After flowering, flat, round seed pods develop, which are silver-gray and papery, resembling coins or "money," hence the common name "Money Plant."
Money Plant typically blooms in late spring to early summer, generally between May and June. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions.
Money Plant thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is relatively adaptable and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
Money Plant is popular for cottage gardens, wildflower areas, and naturalized landscapes. Its distinctive seed pods and silver-gray foliage add visual interest and can be used in dried flower arrangements. Money Plant is also known for its attractive foliage in the first year, making it suitable as a backdrop or filler plant in flower beds or borders.
Money Plant is an interesting and versatile plant that adds unique beauty and symbolism to gardens. Whether grown for its attractive foliage, charming flowers, or decorative seed pods, Money Plant can be an intriguing addition to the landscape.
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Scientific Name: Lunaria Biennis
Common Name: Money Plant
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Central and Southern Europe
Height: Up to 30 "
Spread: 12 " to 24 "
Zone: 5 to 9
Exposure: Full or Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring/Summer
Attracts: Bees and Butterflies
Flower Shape: Moon Shaped/ Doller shaped
Flower Color: White, Pink
Moisture: Moderate, Moist
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Beds and Borders, Dried Floral arrangements