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Honesty Lunaria annua


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Alternate name: Annual Honesty, Moonwort

Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard view all from this family

Description Erect, leafy plant with showy silvery seed pods resembling coins.
Habit: introduced annual or biennial herb.
Height: 1-4 ft (0.3-1.2 m)
Leaf: at base, heart-shaped to widely lanceolate, pointed, serrated or shallowly lobed, hairy-stemmed, to 3.5 in long, 2 in wide; on stem, alternate, becoming stalkless and smaller above.
Flower: pink to purple to violet (rarely white, slightly fragrant, 0.75 in (19 mm) wide; 4 petals with dark veins; held in loose clusters, 2-6 in long.
Fruit: round or oval pod, thin, flat and translucent; 1-1.5 in (25-37 mm) diameter or more; green gray becoming silvery white and papery.

Flower April to June.

Habitat Well-watered sites in part shade: roadsides, waste grounds, railroad embankments, thickets, woods, pasture margins, disturbed sites; to 3300 ft (1000 m); also cultivated as an ornamental.

Range Native to southern Europe and Asia, now naturalized in much of western and eastern-central North America.

Discussion Also known as annual honesty, moonwort, bolbonac, silver-dollar, penny-flower, money plant.