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Lunaria annua

Honesty

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Key information

Plant type

Biennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Common honesty is an old-fashioned dual-purpose plant, grown partly for its fragrant bright flowers in spring and early summer, but also for its unique seed-heads, oval and translucent, gleaming with an eerie silver light and coveted by dried-flower arrangers. It is properly grown as a biennial, and makes large, well-branched plants in its second year, after which it will seed itself freely around the garden. However, smaller plants can be grown as hardy annuals from an early sowing, with a smaller flower display, but very good compact seed-heads.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Lunaria

Species: annua

Plant type: Biennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June


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