Lunaria Annua ‘Money Plant’

August 4th, 2008

Silver Dollar PlantI got this plant courtesy of my grandfather, it is one of his favorites and always grew at his house in a large mass planting.

This is one interesting plant with many phases for you to enjoy.

It is a biennial, which means it lives for two years and then dies. The first year it grows around 6 inches or so high, it takes the snow without losing it’s green, and then the second year it rapidly shoots up to spring to as high as 3 or 4 feet high and has bright purple flowers. It flowers in early Spring when there is not very much else of height flowering like it does, more or less between tulips and irises. It then slowly forms seed pods which then flake away revealing shiny silver disks, which give it it’s many names.

My grandfather called them “silver dollars” the more common names though seem to be “Money Plant” or “Honesty.” Apparently the plant can make you money as well. My grandfather always insisted that you could take the dried stalks with the shiny seed pod remnants and sell them to florists for big bucks. I don’t know about that, I’ve never tried it, but I do like this plant.

It reseeds very very well, you can literally just toss the seeds on the soil and they’ll grow. I cut down mature plants and just shake the seeds off and where they land they will germinate, but it isn’t really invasive, if it sprouts somewhere you do not want it to it is very easy to control.

Since it is a biennial I recommend planting your seeds one year, holding some back, and sowing those the next, so you get staggered plantings so that eventually you’ll have some plants blooming every year.

Lunaria Annua Money PlantI’ve grown this plant in both full sun and part shade, even full shade, it doesn’t seem to care. I have noticed where it has grown in less than idea conditions (a seed germinates somewhere I didn’t mean for it to, but I let it grow anyways) it doesn’t grow as high or get as many blossoms, so it seems to really react well to good fertile soil, but that is about it.

I want to make an offer to blog readers, my seed pods are mostly ready about now, so if anyone mails me a self-addressed stamped envelope I will mail you back free seeds so you can get your own started. This offer is only good until the end of August though, and if like 100 people send me letters I may run out, but I’ll do my best to send everyone free seeds.

You can send your envelopes to
1730 Ichabod Ln
Chattanooga, TN 37405

101 Responses to “Lunaria Annua ‘Money Plant’”

  1. Adele  Says:

    I’m in Davis CA, with mild winters. I noticed this plant in the local landscape for the first time. I have always admired it and used it in collages and paintings (with good luck and good results I might add!). I would like to send along an envelope. Hope it’s not too out of season for you. Thanks!

  2. Nancy Hosford  Says:

    I would love some seeds how do I get some!

  3. Kathy Foster  Says:

    I would like to send you a self-addressed envelope if you still have any seeds. THANKS..

  4. cindy lutz  Says:

    I have some seeds that were given to me by my sister, who had received her seeds from a lady she met while in Japan. The Japanese lady told my sister that if you are given the seeds as a gift then you shall be prosperous and good fortune shall follow you.

  5. Josh  Says:

    I’m in Reston, VA…near D.C. It was my Grandmother who had Lunaria in the garden. Today I work in the industry and unfortunately would categorize money plant as a weed. Where can I get some?

  6. Katie Moga  Says:

    I too would love some! Do you still have some to give?

  7. Alex Hall  Says:

    I am a new gardener and have no idea how to harvest or plant seeds. We seem to have some beautiful money plants in our garden – but could someone give me an idiot’s guide to how you go about harvesting and planting seeds, and how/where to store the ones which we hold back for next year, as is suggested.

  8. Administrator  Says:

    To harvest I cut the stems, stick them in a garbage bag, and shake shake shake.

    I keep the seeds in the bag.

    Planting, you can just toss them on the ground. You can also skip storage and take a plant you’ve cut down, and shake it over the area you want to seed. Skip the storage step. You don’t need to wait until the next spring to plant, you can plant in the fall.

  9. Betsy  Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful detailed information. I live in Southern California and am hopeful that I can grow the seeds that I have.

  10. Not A Great Gardener  Says:

    We just got four envelopes of Money Plant seeds as a giveaway from a credit union exhibiting at a local community festival. Should I plant them now for next spring (now being September in the mid-Atlantic), or save and plant in the spring next year? And what about water–our yard has areas that are high and dry, and some that are low and wet. What’s best?


  11. Administrator  Says:

    Plant now, in nature the plant is planting itself now as it drops seeds, so it is the natural time to do so.

  12. June A Jenkins  Says:

    I am a old Senior citizen and planted this plant in the Mid West…but now want to plant them in Idaho around the Boise area. Will they survive the winters…do you think covering them with cheese cloth would help if they are too cold intolerant?
    I have seeds from some of the flowers I purchased. The flowers are different …some have already been cleaned up and the others are still green. I was so thrilled to read all the comments you have been sent. You are a fine person and believe me your Granddad is smiling and has been for sometime now. God Bless you.

  13. Andrew Cannon  Says:

    Do you have any seeds? I really enjoy this plant and I, at least, think that it is very nice. I would really appreciate if you had some seeds to send me, Thanks!

  14. lynn  Says:

    I would very much appreciate it if you have some more seeds to share to me.I really love those plants.Thank you very much.

  15. Cathi  Says:

    I got some seeds from a plant out of my mom’s yard in California in November. I brought them back to Nebraska with hopes of planting them here. My question is, do they need to go thru a cold period to get them ready for planting in the spring?

  16. Chris  Says:

    Today I planted some seeds I bought for 75 cents at a closing down sale. I live in Queensland Australia. My mother had a dry flower arrangement of Honesty in the early 1950’s. I planted them in memory of her as it is 101 years since her birth. How lovely to read the interest in these plants and how generous you are to be sending them to so many. It will be exciting to see the seeds germinate. They are sold commercially here in Australia by D.T. BROWN with 50 seeds in a packet – purple & white.

  17. Trish Lindsey Jaggers  Says:

    Hi, there! Just checking in (4 years later, lol!) and am happy to report that I have money trees all around the north side of my house. Sharing seeds now, lol!

  18. Teri  Says:

    Hi I just came across this site and have been in search of a silver dollar plant. I was hoping that, although it is a few years since your blog, you might have seeds that you are still interested in mailing out. I would be so appreciative. Thank you. Teri

  19. Kristie Craig  Says:

    Hi I realize your offer for the seeds was quite
    sometime ago but I would love to have some of these seeds. Is that still possible?
    Thanks Kristie

  20. Emily  Says:

    I woul love some seeds! Accidentally pulled up my grandfather’s plants and desperately trying to replant!! I appreciate the help!!

  21. Administrator  Says:

    Yes I still have seeds, sometimes I run out but I get more each fall so I can save your envelopes until then if need be.

  22. Debbie  Says:

    My daughter has fallen in love with this plant for her wedding reception table decorations. Our local Old Time Pottery sells artificial plastic ones. I’ll need about 25+stems about 20″ tall for next Aug 2014. Does anyone know where I can buy in bulk?

  23. Jean  Says:

    I’d love too had these from my grandmother. The last two years they haven’t come up, and Iwould some new seeds.
    By the way, in French translated sometimes they are referred to as Pope/s dollars.

  24. Linda R.  Says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m sending a sase and can hardly wait to get some seeds.

  25. Zoe Guild  Says:

    I remember my grandma had these in her yard and just loved them! If you still have some seeds I’d appreciate getting some. Will send a sesa today! Thanks!

  26. Zoe G  Says:

    sase on the way – thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Shirley S  Says:

    I just found this site, after much searching!!
    Is the offer for the seeds still available?
    These are beautiful, unusual flowers. I hate to admit I’m 50 something, and I’ve only seen these twice in my lifetime. The last time, being a few weeks ago at a hotel, we stayed overnight in for the holidays.
    Thank you for sharing the information.. hopefully, I’m not too late for seeds. 🙂

  28. Denise  Says:

    I like many of you know about these beautiful plants from my grandmother she would have been about 100 years old right now. Her parents came over from Italy to Boston and they settled in an area that had hard, cold soil that didnt seem fit for a garden. Surprisingly her backyard was a full blown beautiful garden and it was always full of these silver dollars. She always had themnin vases around the house. I was very close with my grandmother and these remind me so much of her. I found some seeds on line on and order them I just planted them in a pot on my terrace but I live in Florida so I’m not sure that they will survive with the hot weather here but I will try.
    I don’t have my own garden as I am in a condominium but I have a sunny terrace and I’m going to try with pots so I will let you all know what happens.
    I’m happy to see that everybody has the same interest in the Silver Dollar plant . I hope they continue on.
    Happy gardening.

  29. Dorothy  Says:

    Is the free seed offer still stand. I live in Montreal, QC. I was wodering if this plant could survive the harsh weather here. It has a `short lived` summer around 3 months and 5-6 months of cold, harsh, snowy winter. I had a front yard that has full sun with over 12h of sunlight in the summer. Or should i try to plant it indoor?

  30. Andrea Wilson  Says:

    Hello, I was wondering if the see offer is still available. Thank you!

  31. Administrator  Says:

    yes, I collect some every year so I have some to ship to blog readers. But I am moving in mid july so any requests sent after that won’t work as well. I’ll update my address here when I move.

  32. Allison Kane  Says:

    Dear Reader i would love to have some of these plants my grandma Dawn grows a lot of flowers but i never seen these before i hope i get some some day. I am only thirteen and i want to grow my own Lunaria annua also know as money plant i love the color well bye

    By Allison Kayelnynn Kane

  33. PMcSwain  Says:

    Thank you for this information 🙂 I’ve been fascinated by these plants since I was a small child, and now I have my mother’s dried silver dollars in a vase of hers. Now I want to try to grow them in my own garden.

  34. Adria  Says:

    Will the seed pods dry well if the plants are cut before the pods dry on their own?

  35. Kakabel  Says:


    To the person from Montreal, Quebec, I’m in Sarnia Ontario, and had great results with the Lunaria variant. It flowers white, but gives the pods. My plants are HUGE. (almost five feet high!)

    It’s my first year with seed pods. (planted them last year).

    When is the best time to harvest them for drying?

    Now? After first frost?

  36. Lisa  Says:


  37. Misti  Says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you have any seeds left?

  38. Administrator  Says:

    I think I do.

  39. Kate  Says:

    Hello, Are you still kindly sending out seeds? My mother had some and we were just speaking about them last week (she no longer has them)and I would love to have some they are so beautiful. Please let me know…greatly appreciate it! Kate

  40. Administrator  Says:

    I will take your envelope and send seeds when I can.

  41. Suzette  Says:

    Wow, it is wonderful that for so many years you have been able to share your Luneria with people all over. I just found your blog and see that you have moved. Do you still offer the free seeds? If so, I would love to become one of your “offspring seedlings” …Thanks.

  42. Justin  Says:

    Hello, my name is Justin and i would like to know if this offer is still good (i know its way past august) thank you either way, please let me know.

  43. Administrator  Says:

    I think I still have some seeds, I’m between gardens right now so I don’t have any planted I can harvest from. It’ll be 2017 I think before I have another seed harvest.

  44. Stacy  Says:

    Hello.. does anyone have pictures of the seedlings after about a month? Because I was sold some thinking it was the pilea peperomioides and I think it may be seeds of this instead

  45. Administrator  Says:

    email me a picture and I”ll let you know

  46. Kelly Smith  Says:

    Wow such cool plants. I remember my mother having them under a big pine tree in our yard when I was a little girl. I never knew what they were called and I just asked her about it the other day. I would absolutely love a few seeds if you have any to spare? I could send you a self addressed stamped envelope. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this conversation, I now have a ton of info on this plant, now I just need to get a couple!

  47. Patti  Says:

    Do the flowers change color in different conditions? We didn’t have any silver dollar plants around here, a friend gave me several with purple flowers. Within a few years, I started getting plants with white flowers. I now have more white than purple and for the most part, they are growing in two separate clusters. A mostly white patch in one area of the yard and a mostly purple in a different area.

  48. Administrator  Says:

    mine always came up purple, except maybe one in a thousand that was indeed white I would guess, if anything, the white ones are growing in some soil that is missing some nutrient.

  49. Angela Nona  Says:

    I had a dried arrangement for many many years and last yr I decided to throw them out as they were dusty. However, I tossed the seeds in my yard and low and behold I have spotted 2 plants from those very old seeds. I’m cautious not to pull them out with the weeds. I am amazed that any of the seeds were viable after so many years. Just thought I’d share this exciting news about the Silver Dollar plant.

  50. Michele Leasure  Says:

    Well it is June of 2016, I just ran accrossed your blog. I was wondering if I could get some seed, I have always admired this plant. Thanks for the info on it. I didn’t know if the Tennessee address is your newly updated address. I know you said you were moving in one of your posts. If it’s not too much trouble could y’all shoot me a quick email to let me know if your seeds are still available and if Tennessee is your correct address. Not in computer blogs too much, I was researching what the leaves look like, I have planted some old seed and not sure if it is a silver dollar plant and just happened to run across your blog. Thanks for your time to ????????

  51. Administrator  Says:

    I don’t yet have a patch of this established in TN, so I’m out of seed right now.

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