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FAMILY: Brassicaceae | GENUS: LUNARIA annua

TYPE
  • Biennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
  • Drought Tolerant
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to Europe. Old-fashioned garden plant grown for the translucent, 1-in.-wide circles that hang onto flower stalks; these coins are all that remains of the ripened seedpods after the outer coverings have dropped with the seeds. Reaches 13 ft. high, 1 ft. wide, with coarse, heart-shaped, tooth-edged leaves. Showy spring flowers resemble wild mustard blooms but are purple or white and larger in size. Plant in an out-of-the-way spot in poor soil, or use in a mixed flower bed where the shining pods can be admired before they are picked for dried arrangements. Tough and persistent; can reseed and become weedy.

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