As a little girl I would spend hours cleaning these fascinating plants in the backyard. Sometimes I would try to sell bouquets of them at my parents' store during the fall months.
My entire childhood I always referred to these beautiful stalks as 'Money Plants' in addition to 'Honesty' because of the coin shaped appearance of the cleaned pods.
Late this summer while visiting my parents' home in Pennsylvania, my interest in these plants piqued again and I was thrilled to find out that another name for them is 'Lunaria'. The word is derived from Luna for the moon - the definition of Lunaria translates to 'moonlike'.
These popular dried flowers look amazing in coastal flower arrangements and wreaths and add dramatic flair to vases around the house this time of year.
I've been adding little pieces into my 'Boo-quets' that I gave out to customers this Halloween season. I do think they'll be just as fitting to wrap holiday gifts with.
Tell me - are you familiar with this fabulous plant? ;)