Lunaria Seeds - Money Plant
- Seed Count: 70 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 110-130 days after planting
- Plant Height: 18-24 inches
- Flower Colors: Purple or white
- Growing Habit: Upright, branching
- Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Special Features: Unique seed pods resembling coins
History: The Lunaria plant, commonly known as the Money Plant, has a long and fascinating history that dates back to medieval Europe. The name 'Lunaria' originates from the Latin word 'luna', which means moon, referring to the plant's round, moon-like seed pods. These seed pods have contributed to the folklore surrounding this plant, often associated with prosperity and luck. The Money Plant has been a staple in cottage gardens for centuries, not just for its ornamental value but also for its purported magical properties. Historically, the dried seed pods were used as holiday decorations and even carried as amulets to attract wealth.
Uses: The Lunaria Money Plant is predominantly an ornamental plant, valued for both its vibrant flowers and its unique, translucent, coin-shaped seed pods. The seed pods, when dried, make excellent additions to dried flower arrangements or as standalone decorations. The plant is also known to attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, making it an eco-friendly choice for any garden. Additionally, its upright, branching growth habit makes it a superb candidate for background plantings in flower beds or for naturalizing in less formal settings. Some also plant it near windows or walkways, as the rattling seed pods provide a gentle, soothing sound when stirred by the wind.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Lunaria is a biennial plant, meaning it flowers in its second year of growth. The plant boasts an upright and branching growth habit, reaching heights of 18-24 inches. For optimal growth, it's best to sow the seeds directly outdoors in well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Sow the seeds in late spring or early summer, covering them lightly with soil. Water moderately, taking care not to saturate the soil. Plants should be spaced approximately 12-18 inches apart. Once established, Lunaria is relatively low-maintenance, requiring only basic care to produce its vibrant flowers followed by its distinctive seed pods. Your Money Plants will generally mature and be ready for harvest of seed pods 110-130 days after planting.