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Lunaria annua var. albiflora AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Grey/Silver in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

white-flowered honesty

Family

Brassicaceae


Lunaria can be annuals, biennials or perennials, with triangular-ovate leaves and leafy racemes of 4-petalled flowers in late spring and early summer

L. annua var. albiflora is a hardy annual or biennial, frequently self-sowing, with toothed, ovate leaves heart-shaped at the base, and large panicles of white flowers in spring and early summer, followed by ornamental, translucent seed pods

Synonym(s)

  • Lunaria annua var. alba

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in-situ in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by club root and white blister