June 22, 2012

$$$ Money Plant $$$

I have a large bed of "money plant" growing in my backyard.  Last spring it  was gorgeous with dark purple flowers which have now turned to seed pods.  When the seed pods are peeled off, it has silver dollar size ovals that dry beautifully.

Today I was in a consignment shop and found this metal pitcher for $3.   I knew immediately that it would be perfect for the dried stems from the money plant.

This is what the pods look like before you peel the seed pockets off them.

Below is information I copied from the Internet.

I have an  abundance of seeds this year and would be happy to share them.  Please send me your address by email if you'd like to plant a few in your yard!

Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty in English, is a tall (height about 1 m), hairy-stemmed biennial plant native to the Balkans and south west Asia, and naturalized throughout Europe, North America, and parts of Asia. It has large, pointed oval leaves with marked serrations. The common name "honesty" arose in the 16th century, and it may be due to the translucent seed-pods which are like flattened pea-pods and borne on the plant through winter. In south-east Asia, it is called the "money plant" and in the United States it is commonly known as "silver dollars," "Chinese money," or "Chinese coins," because its seed pods have the appearance of silvery coins. In Denmark it is known as judaspenge and in The Netherlands as judaspenning (coins of Judas), an allusion to the story of Judas Iscariot and the thirty pieces of silver he was paid.


  1. That is kind of you to share seeds. Here pretty much everything is dying due to lack of sun and too much rain. Hope you had a good start to Summer and have a great weekend.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. So glad I found your blog!! I'm your newest follower! Your money plant is lovely.


  3. What a great plant, pretty in garden and pretty dried in the house. It's so nice of you to share seeds, but I am not doing anything in the garden this year. Have a nice Sunday.

  4. They look stunning in that pitcher, Sharon.

    Come join our cause for Zoe, I deeply appreciate this.

    TTFN ~

  5. Sharon, I would love to plant some money! I just had a look at your fairy garden, I am convinced I must create something similar, the glass house is perfect for a fairy.