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Money Plant General Information:

Money Plants are known for their rounded, coin like, seed pods.  The plants are
generally self seeding and normally grow as biennials.  The planting of seeds will
normally give you a plant that produces no flowers or seeds the first year.  The plants
will come back the second year and produce flower and seed.  After producing seed,
the plants will normally die.  New plants should come up from the seed.  The Money
Plant will produce flowers around mid spring.  We get flowers around  the beginning of
May in Ohio.  The flowers are normally purple or white in color, depending on variety.  
The flowers will last a couple of weeks.  The plants may get up to 3 feet tall with good
growing conditions.  Some of ours only grow 1 to 2 feet tall.  Seed pods will begin to
form as the flowers fade.  The Money Plants are hardy in zones 5 to 9.  

Growth and Propagation of Money Plants:

Money Plants usually grow as biennials.  The first year the seeds will grow into a leafy
plant, but will not flower.  The leaves produce energy which is stored in its developing
root system.  The second year the plants will have enough stored energy to produce
flowers and seeds.  The plant will then die after producing seed.   Money Plants are self
seeding and new plants will usually pop up the following spring.

The leaf of the Money Plants are triangular or hart shaped with jagged edges.  I have to
wait a couple of weeks for the leaves to develop before I can tell the difference between
the Money Plant and other weeds that grow next to them.   You will never get flowers or
seed if the first year plants are mistaken for weeds.

The Money Plant prefers fertile, moist, and well drained soil.  They prefer partial shade
to full sun light.  They self seed best in areas that have little to no mulch.  Money Plants
do well in wildflower gardens or along the edge of woods.  They are often seen along
fence lines that are not weeded.  

Caring for Money Plants:

Money Plants benefit from basic weeding, and inspecting for bugs or disease.  The
seedlings often come up in areas where they will be mowed down or weeded out.  I try
to transplant these seedlings to better locations.  The staff of
recommend spreading the seeds in the fall.  The second year plants will develop dried
out stems with seeds attached in the fall.  I will break off some of the dried out stems
and place them in areas where I would like the seedlings to spread.  I have tried to
collect seeds and plant them in the spring, but have had better luck spreading the
seeds in the fall.
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others.  The site contains only general information on different plants.  I do not
guarantee all information to be accurate.  I do not accept any responsibility for
anyone's growing success.  Please consult with your plant or seed supplier for detailed
planting instructions.
Above:  Money Plants growing wild.
Photo taken May 2008
Above:  Purple flowering Money Plant.
Photo taken May 2008