Monday, January 5, 2015

Money Plant

Lunaria

Lunaria annua ( Money Plant )
A biennial, reaching up to 3.3 feet in height, that is native to southern Europe. It has naturalized locally in old fields, roadsides and open woods in eastern North America to as far north as Tobermory, Ontario and Quebec City.
The broad, toothed leaves, up to 4 x 2.5 inches in size, are mid-green.
The fragrant, pink to purple flowers are borne during late spring.
They are followed by papery, flat, oval, seed pods, up to 2 inches wide, that are great for use in floral arrangements.
Hardy zones 4 + in full sun to part shade on just about any well drained soil. Sow seeds very early in spring.

* photos taken on May 7 2014 @ London Town Gardens, Edgewater, MD


'Alba'
White flowers.

Lunaria redidiva
A perennial, up to 4.5 feet in height, that is native to mountain woodlands that is a widespread native in much of Europe, across northern Asia to Siberia.
The toothed, cordate-triangular leaves are mid-green.
The fragrant, very pale lilac flowers are borne late spring into early summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 8 in full sun to partial shade on moist, fertile, well drained soil. Propagation is from ssed sown during spring.

* historical archive photo

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