Money Plant
Lunaria annuaBrassicaceae
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Photos (c) Cheryl Comeau Beaton unless otherwise noted

Synonyms:

  • Annual honesty

The Plant:

  • An annual or biennial erect herbaceous plant, 2-3 feet tall.

The Leaves:

  • alternate
  • simple
  • ovate
  • coarsely toothed
  • stem leaves sessile

The Stem:

  • erect

The Flowers:

  • Pink or purple flowers with four petals, growing in terminal racemes. Blooms in late spring.

The Fruits:

  • flat
  • circular-oval
  • silicle
  • satiny, papery
  • white-silver center
  • with seeds inside

The Habitat:

  • gardens
  • roadsides

Dispersal:

  • seeds are wind dispersed

Key ID Features:

  • 4 petals purple flower
  • coarsely toothed leaves
  • papery white
  • large flat fruits
  • resembling silver dollars

Similar Species:

  • Flowers resemble those of Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis).

Notes:

  • On Nantcket, this species is found on roadsides and in other disturbed areas, where it outcompetes other species.

Growth Form: Herb

Origin: Europe

Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Do not list at this time

Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Not evaluated

Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: no




Credits: The Electronic Field Guide to the Invasive Plants of Nantucket (c) 2005-2006 Maria Mitchell Association, EFG Project, UMass Boston