Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty in English, is a species of flowering plant native to the Balkans and south west Asia, and naturalized throughout the temperate world.
It is an annual or biennial growing to 100 cm tall by 30 cm broad, with large, coarse, pointed oval leaves with marked serrations. In spring and summer it bears terminal racemes of violet, pink or white flowers, followed by showy, light brown, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods (silicles) the skin of which falls off to release the seeds, revealing a central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen, 3–8 cm in diameter; they persist on the plant through winter. These pods are much used in floral arrangements.
This plant is easy to grow from seed and tends to naturalize. It is usually grown as a biennial, being sown one year to flower the next. It is suitable for cultivation in a shady or dappled area, or in a wildflower garden, and the flowers and dried seedpods are often seen in flower arrangements.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil. Prefers a light soil. Prefers partial shade but also succeeds in full sun. Established plants tolerate drought. Plants are hardy to about -15C. A good bee and butterfly plant. Often grown in the flower garden, it is occasionally cultivated for its root.
Plants are fast-growing and usually self-sow freely.
Infornation source: wikipedia.org.
Approximately 30-40 seeds in 1g packet.
Genus - Lunaria
Species - Annua
Variety - Mix
Common name - Money Plant
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,80 - 1 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual or biennial flower
Exposure - Full sun, part shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral and basic (alkaline)
Soil type - Sandy, loamy, clay, prefers well-drained
Water requirements - Moist, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Border, Container, Massing, Woodland garden
Bloom season - June - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink, violet, white
It is easy to get these started in your garden, and once started, they are unlikely to ever be absent!
Simply strew the seeds on the flower bed in the moist, part shade and they will soon germinate and grow quickly into handsome flowers.
Best to sow in fall or very early spring.
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