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Saturday, April 13, 2013

I'm in the money.....

Bark if you know the name of this plant!

I'll give you a hint.
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Silver Dollar Plant
(Lunaria annua)

The flowers of Lunaria bloom in the late spring and early summer, followed by the round or oval one inch pods in the early fall. Plants can grow up to 3 feet tall and have large coarsely toothed leaves.
To dry the seed pods for winter bouquets, gather them as soon as they start to turn brown. They tend to rot during wet weather if allowed to ripen on the plants. Rub off the outer parts of the pods to expose the central disks. Hang upside down in dry, dark, well ventilated place to cure.
HOW TO GROW
Sow seed 1/4 inch deep. Will take from 10 to 14 days to germinate. Sow indoors for early start or outside in midsummer to bloom the following spring.
Select an area in full sun or light shade. Plants will grow in almost any soil that is well-drained. Space plants to stand 12 to 15 inches apart. Plants usually multiply in the garden by sowing its own seed, often coming up year after year without further care.
A biennial sometimes grown as an annual. If treated as an annual and sown in the early spring, the plants will flower later in the spring but will never become as large or as colorful as those grown as biennials.
Proper name: Lunaria annua


It seeds freely and can be slightly invasive in this climate...so caution gardeners.
But, such a pretty weed!!

Wyatt

19 comments:

  1. Wyatt...That first picture of you is stunning. I remember my mom having these dried stems when I was young (1960's).

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  2. It's a purple thing-a-ma jiggly what's-it plant!

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  3. Woof! Woof! LOVE those. Many have use them as ground covers as they GROW. LOVE the purple color ... Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  4. You are truly wealthy Wyatt. So beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  5. You look great in all those flowers Wyatt.

    Millie

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  6. Never knew silver dollar plants had a bloom....don't know why...probably because SHE only ever saw them as seed pods when SHE was too young to know about plants. Thanks for showing us.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  7. I've never seen one of those before, looks pretty!

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  8. We call it a money plant over here. Wow that is a blast from the past as we use to have one. Maybe we should re-introduce it to our garden? Have a super Sunday and we hope it is a chillaxing one.
    Best wishes Molly

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  9. You look so handsome among the silver dollar plants, Wyatt! We've never had the purple blooming ones - only white. Mom needs to look for purple seeds this year.

    Love ya lots
    Mitch and Molly

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  10. Very pretty plant/flower, you are such a great gardener and they really make your furs look awesome, purple is your color!

    The Mad Scots

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  11. You look very handsome in those lovely blossoms... We have grown them before. They are FUN. And pretty two different times.

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  12. That first pic of you is pawesome, Wyatt. Since you seem to be overflowing with dollars, can we borrow a few? BOL

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  13. Hi there Wyatt! Love the cute pic of you amongst the flowers. Silver Dollar plants look great and you get double value for your money! Ros and Oscar

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  14. So gorgeous, hope you dont have allergies like our Mum!

    Slobbers

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  15. Wow, never heard of those before. Wyatt looks so darn cute in those Silver Dollar plants! Purple's a great Wyatt color! Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick :)

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  16. I'm with everypup else Wyatt ~ you look VERY handsome in amongst those blooms! I have never seen this one...I'll have Ma be on the look out for it!
    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  17. OH WOW OH WOW! Mrs. Master's very favorite name is Wyatt! It's so so so nice to meet you.

    We don't have those plants that grow here but those flowers sure are beautiful!

    Nora

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  18. Excellent pic of you in the flowers. Hope there weren't any bees in there!!

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  19. Interesting. In my part of the world, we call that plant 'honesty'. It grows prolifically in the cottage garden in Torridon.
    cheers, Gail.

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