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Lunaria annua

(Money Plant)

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Silver dollar (also commonly called dollar plant, money plant, moonwort, honesty and lunaria) is a tall, hairy-stemmed biennial that is native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. It has been widely planted in North America, and over time has escaped gardens and naturalized in many parts of the U. S. and southern Canada. Plants grow to 2-3’ tall clad with alternate to opposite, oval to heart-shaped, serrated, medium green leaves that are pointed at the tip. Upper leaves are sessile. Racemes of 4-petaled purple flowers (to 1/2” across) bloom above the foliage in spring (April-May). Flowers give way in mid-summer to sprays of flattened, paper-thin, silver-dollar sized fruit ( to 2” wide) which become translucent with maturity. As the common name suggests, the fruits are the most noteworthy ornamental feature of this plant. Fruit-laden stems are valued for dried arrangements. Remove stems from the garden just as the green fruit color disappears and bring them inside for hanging upside down to dry.


Easily grown in moist, organically rich, garden soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun is appropriate in northern areas, but plants appreciate some afternoon shade in the Triangle area. Although biennial, this plant freely self-seeds in the garden, and once established, will never disappear. Plants produce only foliage the first year, but bloom and fruit the second year before dying.

Additional Information

Common Name Money Plant
Botanical Name Lunaria annua
Container/Amount 1 Quart
Plant Category Annual
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
Hardiness Zone 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Height 2 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 2 feet
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition High in Organic Matter
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period spring
Flower Color purple
Fragrance No
Foliage Color green
Berry Color seed casings resembles silver dollars
Deer Resistant Yes

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