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Lunaria annua (Honesty)

Honesty, Silver Dollar, Dollar Plant, Money Plant, Moonwort, Lunaria, Lunaria Biennis


Fast growing, Honesty (Lunaria annua) or Silver Dollar or Money Plant is a very interesting biennial with its heads of 4-petaled flowers, deep purple to white, blooming in mid-late spring to early summer. These are beautifully replaced in midsummer by translucent, round, flat seed pods looking like silvery coins! These seed pods are the most noteworthy ornamental feature of this plant and highly prized in dried flower arrangements.The foliage consists of medium green, oval to heart-shaped, serrated, pointed leaves at their tips.

  • Reaching 2-3 ft. in height (60-90 cm), this erect biennial is often grown by planting seed in the ground in spring for bloom the following year, but will persist in the garden for many years as it self-sows prolifically. In warmer areas (USDA 8-10), it may be planted in fall for flowers and fruits to appear the following year. This plant attracts butterflies and is resilient to most pests and diseases.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer looks spectacular when grown in beds, borders, shade gardens, cutting gardens, among spring bulbs or naturalized in woodlands. Excellent in dried flower arrangements!
  • A full sun or part shade lover, it thrives in organically rich, moist and well-drained soils. Dry soils to be avoided!

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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