Lunaria flowers, or Honesty flowers, are also commonly called “Money Plants” because their prolific seed pods resemble coins. They are popular in home gardens and flowerbeds. Once you start growing Lunaria biennials in your garden, they will spread readily around the garden from seeds contained inside the coin-like seed pods.
The visual display of seed pods turns from green to golden brown. After the seed pods and stems have turned golden and dried, they can be used in dried floral arrangements and last for extended periods.
Lunaria, or Honesty plants, have large green leaves and is a biennial. Plant them in year one, and they will bloom the following year.
If you want a low-maintenance flower, you have come to the right plant. They are very easy to grow and experience few problems.
Honestly, kids love the “money plant”.
Flowers Bloom: Summer
Flowe Colors: Pink and purple
Other Names: Honesty, Money plant, Silver Dollar Plant, Moonwort
Plant Height: 2′ – 3′
Lunaria is grown from seeds. Sow Lunaria seeds (or Honesty seeds) early in the season, and cover lightly with soil. They germinate easily and will grow large green leaves in the first year.
Select a location in your garden where they can grow undisturbed for years and years. After blooming, they will drop seeds and regenerate year after year.
Garden Tip: Because Lunaria is biennials, if you want flowers every year, you have to plant them two years in a row.
Days to Germination: 10 -16 days.
Lunaria is easy to grow and requires little to no attention. They can be grown in almost any soil and thrive in partial and shady areas. They should have at least four to six hours of sunshine.
Once your Lunaria is started, you can largely leave it to itself. Water them only during droughts when the soil has dried out. You can also add a general-purpose fertilizer once a month if the growth seems slow and especially in very poor soils.
Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down.
Flowers grow on long, sturdy stalks. After the small flowers have bloomed in early summer, flat green pods develop and the seed is inside. Over the summer months, the pods and stalks will dry and turn a golden brown color. For dried flower arrangements, cut the stalks low to the ground. Work carefully so you do not break the pods off the stalks. When putting the arrangement together, trim the stalks to the desired length.
To harvest the seeds, take them out of the dry, crumbly seed pods.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.1 – 7.8.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4 – 8.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
You should experience few insect and disease problems with Lunaria plants.
However, if problems arise, apply insecticide or fungicide, only as needed.