(Lunaria annua) Carried to the New World by Pilgrims on the Mayflower and cultivated by Jefferson in the gardens of Monticello, this interesting plant has a long history of cultivation in the United States. Roughly 2 ft tall plants produce beautiful clusters of delicate purple flowers that give rise to green disc-like pods and finally pearlescent white "coins" the size of silver dollars. An easy-to-grow and fun plant for children's gardens. Volunteer money plants are not uncommon as seed has a tendency to disperse in the wind, however volunteers are easily removed and seldom become a nuisance. 100 seeds/pkt.
CULTURE: In spring, rake seeds into a prepared bed and water thoroughly. Plants prefer full sun, but will tolerate some shade and most types of soil. Germination will occur in 7-10 days depending on weather conditions. Once established, plants require very little care.
These little resilient plants drop their oval seed pods after spring blooming. They fall where they may and every year they return anew. They have a small root and this year I am trying to germinate my own seeds in a pot and see what happens. They are very unassuming plants when they are small and can be mistaken for weeds. I would scatter the seed pods under mulch or leaves in the fall and leave them alone even around bushes and shrubs. The seeds will perform in spring, bloom once for several weeks, later producing dozens of flat Ivan seed pods. PS I live in NJ and my garden also has tiger Lily’s, bulbs, phlox and iris that come back on their own every year without a fuss! Don’t rake out the area too much in early spring and you might be surprised what pops up..
I planted the seeds in three different places for a variety of soil and sunlight. Nothing grew in any of the three places. Very disappointing.