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Lunaria annua

Honesty

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Spread0.3m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPink, white, purple

Description

Lunaria annua (Honesty). Despite the botanical name, this is a hardy biennial. It is grown for its flowering stalks of pink, purple or white flowers that become silvery, paper-like seed pods. These pods are used widely in floral and dried arrangements. They will self-sow readily and can tolerate some drought.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Fragrant

Origin

Southern Europe

Interest and use

Dried arrangements, ornamental, fragrance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You can plant in full sun or partial-shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

Propagation

Annual self-seeding or sow the seeds in early spring in mild climate areas. You can also divide the plants in autumn or spring.

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