I adore my Lunaria. It is a bi-ennial, however. In order to have pods every year, I purchased 3 blooming nursery plants AND a packet of seed my first year. While my original plants "rested" their second season, my plants grown from seed provided the pods. Now I have plenty of silver dollars every year, and it readily self-sews! The blossoms are beautiful, too.
You have a gift for story telling! I smiled and chuckled and reminisced right along with you...
My wintersowed Lunaria seedlings struggled in the heat of this summer, so I'm not sure if I'll see them next spring, but I'll definitely be sowing more! I'm looking forward to having my own little patch of money shrubbery. :-)
Now you went and done it Joyce! Now I won't be able to look at a Luneria without thinking of you and your family, honestl!! lol Besides that, now I have to keep trying to get some to grow having tried a few times. It reminds me of the shell tiffany like lamps with brass trimming. I love plants that give off so much light.
Love these plants but have never had any luck with them. Have tried both the seeds and the nursery plants but never have seen a single bloom. Guess I just was not meant to have money of ANY kind... LOL
One thing that wasn't mentioned, is the beautiful flowers that appear as soon as it get warm, usually about April here. (NJ 7). They look a lot like phlox, and are as much an asset as the dried pods. Mine are purple for the most part with a few deep plum and white, and I find that people are quite amazed to find out what they are.