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Want a Crop of Silver Dollars Next Year?

Magazine article Sunset

Want a Crop of Silver Dollars Next Year?

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Want a crop of silver dollars next year? Money doesn't grow on trees. It grows on biennials--specifically on one called money plant (Lunaria annua), which, in spite of its species name, doesn't blossom every year. If you sow seeds now, you'll get a low rosette of leaves this season and an abundant crop of flowers and silvery seed pods next year. To get flowers and pods every year, simply sow a second batch of seeds the following season.

If you're a new gardener, or if you haven't grown biennials before, this is a particularly good plant to start with. It's vigorous enough to be almost foolproof and will self-sow and keep coming back for as long as you want it. If you give it poor soil and low water, mature plants will likely grow to only about 18 inches. With better conditions, they can reach 3 feet.

Buy seed from catalogs or well-stocked racks. You can sometimes find potted money plants in nurseries. …

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