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Honesty


Lunaria annua

Honesty

Honesty, also called money plant, is easy to spot in the garden. It produces fascinating seedpods, about the size of large coins, that have a translucent shimmer to them. It also boasts fragrance and plenty of old-fashioned charm, making it a favorite for cottage gardens. Its sturdy stems, clothed with oval- or heart-shape leaves sometimes rimmed in white, are topped with clusters of white or reddish-purple flowers. The distinctive flat round or elliptic seedpods follow and later reveal a silvery membrane within.

Honesty is not fussy about soil and usually self-seeds to come back year after year.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
3-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
2-3 feet tall
Plant Width:
1 foot wide
Flower Color:
White or light reddish-purple flowers, depending on variety; some cultivars have white variegated foliage
Bloom Time:
Blooms late spring and summer, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Garden Plans
Low-Water Garden Plan
Plant It With
Bellflower

The loose panicles of white, pink, or violet flowers of milky bellflower assort well with those of honesty for a cottage garden feel. They enjoy similar conditions.

Iris

Blooming at the same time as honesty, pale yellow cultivars of bearded iris cool down the sometimes strident color of honesty in full sun.

Flax

In summer, perennial flax and honesty make a fine combination in sunny places.

Propagation
Seed
Division