Honesty

SKU: FL3291
Plant Honesty Lunaria seeds in spring in sun or partial shade and enjoy mauve flowers, followed by distinctive papery seedpods. These start out flat, circular, and green, but become silvery white and paper-like as they mature, making excellent dried displays. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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More details about Honesty

Lunaria annua. Brought to America by Puritans, this old heirloom is also known by such colourful names as Judas' Penny and Moonwort. Plant Honesty Lunaria seeds in spring in sun or partial shade and enjoy mauve flowers, followed by distinctive papery seedpods. These start out flat, circular, and green, but become silvery white and paper-like as they mature, making excellent dried displays. The seeds are easy to harvest from within each pod for seed saving and sharing. Lunaria grows to about 90cm (35") tall, and makes a good mate for Foxgloves in shady areas of the garden.

Started early enough indoors, Honesty will flower in the first year, hence "annual." Sown later, it will not flower in the first year and behave as a biennial. It is a good example of plants that do not follow the conventional "rules" we attribute to gardening.

Annual

Quick Facts:

    • Heirloom
    • Mauve flowers
    • Excellent in dried displays
    • Easy to grow
    • Grows in partial shade

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All About Honesty

Latin

Latin
Lunaria annua
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: Hardy to Zone 4

Timing

Timing
Direct sow in early spring, when there is still some risk of frost—mid to late March on the coast. Or sow in the fall where winters are mild.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds a couple of millimetres (1/8″) deep, and space plants 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Mulch well before the first winter. Transplanting does not work well with this variety. Plant in any reasonably fertile soil, and pull up plants after flowering if you want to prevent self-sowing. This variety dies back after its decorative seed pods form.

How to Grow Lunaria

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow in early spring, when there is still some risk of frost—mid to late March on the coast. Or sow in the fall where winters are mild.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds a couple of millimetres (1/8″) deep, and space plants 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Mulch well before the first winter. Transplanting does not work well with this variety. Plant in any reasonably fertile soil, and pull up plants after flowering if you want to prevent self-sowing. This variety dies back after its decorative seed pods form.

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