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Lunaria annua (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)
Lunaria annua (photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo)

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Lunaria annua

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This old-fashioned garden plant from Europe is grown for the translucent, 1 1/4-in.-wide papery circles that hang on to the flower stalks; these “coins” are all that remain of the ripened seedpods after the outer coverings have dropped with seeds. Reaches 1 1/2–3 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, with coarse, heart-shaped, tooth-edged leaves. Spring flowers resemble wild mustard blooms but are purple or white. Plant in an out-of-the-way spot in poor soil or in a mixed flowerbed where shining pods can be admired before they are picked for dried arrangements. Tough and persistent; can reseed and become weedy.

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