Silver Dollar - Knowledgebase Question

Brookline, Ma
Question by hbugsey
April 14, 2009
I would like to plant some silver dollar seeds and would like your advise


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2009

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Lunaria annua is the silver dollar plant and it produces decorative white "silver dollars" which are actually the center partition of the seed pods. Lunaria annua is actually a biennial. The plant produces only foliage the first season, then flowers the second. After flowering the plant dies. However, Lunaria readily self-sows, so you should get more seedlings next year. (Unfortunately, these seedlings won't flower until the following year.) Lunaria, also called "money plant" and "Honesty" will grow in either sun or shade, but prefers partial shade and a moderately fertile, well drained soil. You can start the seeds indoors or directly outdoors in the garden. Simply cover the seeds with only about a quarter inch of soil and water well. Keep the seed bed moist but not soggy wet and the seeds will germinate in about two weeks. Enjoy!

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