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Honesty in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lunaria annua

 

Honesty

Lunaria is a group of plants from the Brassica family, Brassicaceae. Specifically, Lunaria annua is native to central and southern Europe. It is a biennial, although can be grown as an annual, and has large heart shaped and toothed leaves, which have tiny hairs on them. In spring and summer, it produces clusters of open purple flowers, when turn into disc shaped translucent silvery seed pods. A number of cultivars are available in other shades and colours of purple and white.

 
plant Features
  • Honesty likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Honesty likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Honesty is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Honesty likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Honesty

Latin name

Lunaria annua

type

Biennial

family

Brassicaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Honesty likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Honesty is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Honesty likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Honesty likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Honesty is 0.35meters x 0.90meters 0.35 M 0.90 M

Lunaria annua

Lunaria is a group of plants from the Brassica family, Brassicaceae. Specifically, Lunaria annua is native to central and southern Europe. It is a biennial, although can be grown as an annual, and has large heart shaped and toothed leaves, which have tiny hairs on them. In spring and summer, it produces clusters of open purple flowers, when turn into disc shaped translucent silvery seed pods. A number of cultivars are available in other shades and colours of purple and white.


Flowering Season

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Open flowers in shades of violet. Flowers in the following year.

 

Propagation by seed

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Sow seeds direct into flowering position, dig in some well rotted compost first to help retain water. They will flower the following year.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Sow seed under glass and cover lightly with fine soil, keep moist.

 

Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

When seeds sown under glass are big enough to handle plant out into flowering position.

 
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