Growing on the High Plains: Once in a Silver Moon

Oct 18, 2018

Lunaria annua, also called honesty or money plant, is a biennial bloom with a distinctive seed pod that assumes an air of "cha-ching."

They say good things come to those who wait. On today's Growing on the High Plains, I'd like to discuss a biennial for which many a gardener has been very patient. I'm talking about Lunaria annua, also known as honesty or money plant. While biennials typically take a couple years to crop up, this one is well worth the wait. 

Named for its moon-shaped seed pods, these plants are a pollenator's paradise when blooms are lush. Once it's gone to seed, it pays out with crispy disks of luminous silver, almost resembling pocket change. (You might recall these distinctive, translucent wafers from fancy floral arrangements that capitalize on their otherwordly shape and shine.) But gardener, beware! Those moony pods are easy to reseed, so without care, you just might win the unlucky lottery as it takes over your garden bed. As we round out our Fall Membership Campaign, we urge you to drop some coin (or paper...or plastic) on YOUR public radio station. Please nurture thsi station and call now at 1.800.678.7444, or click here to join other members to support public radio on the High Plains. 

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The Moon by Henry David Thoreau

The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray Mounts up the eastern sky, Not doomed to these short nights for aye, But shining steadily. She does not wane, but my fortune, Which her rays do not bless, My wayward path declineth soon, But she shines not the less. And if she faintly glimmers here, And paled is her light, Yet alway in her proper sphere She’s mistress of the night.