WELCOME to My Place to Yours and the beginning of a new week! Today I’m sharing a metamorphosis I look forward to every year. It happens just about the time the last of the daffodils are blooming. I begin to see peeks of pinkish-purple flowers … and they make me smile. Before we moved into our old house, I’d never had this plant in my yard, although I was familiar with it. That’s one of the things I love about living in a house that’s lived an entire lifetime before me — I get to see what plants come up. It’s always a surprise. This plant has the added benefit of being pleasantly fragrant!
This is a Money Plant, although it also goes by the names honesty, silver dollar, satinflower, penny flower, Judas’ penny, and moonwart. It’s Latin name is Lunaria Biennis.
According to GardenGuides.com, the Money Plant was introduced to England from Germany in the late 1500s and brought to America by the Puritans. It’s been a popular heirloom plant used in winter arrangements since colonial times.
If it doesn’t look familiar, keep reading. The “end result” may be what you recognize.
After the flowers fade, it’s the round seed pods that catch my eye. You can see them along with the flowers in the picture above, too.
The seed pods start out bright green …
… then dry to brown.
Eventually, the ripened pods shed their outer cover and release the seeds.
See how the circle I’ve highlighted looks different — almost paper-thin?
The paper-thin effect only increases as the plant dries…
Eventually, there’s nothing left but translucent silver circles. The Money Plant is a biennial plant, meaning that it takes two years to complete its growing cycle. I love that it’s self-sowing, bringing smiles year after year with absolutely zero maintenance (except from the Master Gardener, of course)!
So tell me … Do you recognize this plant? Do you call it by a different name?
Do you have Money Plant growing in your yard? Have you ever used it in your decorating — real or faux varieties?
What if money reeaally grew on “trees?” Good idea? Bad idea?