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Boxford, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 23, 2007
6:26 AM

Post #4007320

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.
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

September 23, 2007
12:39 PM

Post #4007614

Really enjoyed this article and your photography showing each stage was fantastic.
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 23, 2007
12:44 PM

Post #4007627

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. :-)
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 23, 2007
3:21 PM

Post #4008112

Loved the story. You had a great family.
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2007
3:34 PM

Post #4008162

loved it.
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 23, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #4009020

Great story! I never had one of these, but I've seen them. I'm curious--did your father ever get to see your money tree?
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

September 23, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #4009104

Joyce, boy you sure took me back to childhood...just reverse em in my case! Cute story to bring a beautiful and unusual plant to our attention. Well done!
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

September 23, 2007
11:37 PM

Post #4009628

Thanks All!

I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Having the opportunity to combine my two loves, writing and gardening, is a dream come true!

Jax4ever-What a great idea to keep some of this blooming every year!

Ky- Sorry to say, my dad died before I discovered this plant, but I'm sure he would have gotten a kick out of it.
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 24, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #4009699

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.

Nice story, sweetly told!


Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #4009774

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
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 24, 2007
1:35 AM

Post #4010086

These plants have been volunteering along a back section of the house [north side] for many years.
Gilmer, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 24, 2007
1:32 PM

Post #4011293

Great article!
Manahawkin, NJ
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2007
2:56 PM

Post #4011558

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.
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

September 24, 2007
4:31 PM

Post #4011881

Thanks Annepaola for the additional info. Your very right, the flowers are beautiful too!

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