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Lunaria annua flowers.jpg
L. annua
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Lunaria

Lunaria annua - Annual Honesty
Lunaria rediviva - Perennial Honesty
Lunaria telekiana

Lunaria (common name honesty) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Brassicaceae, native to central and southern Europe and North America. It includes 4 species, the annual or biennial L. annua (syn. L. biennis), Lunaria elongata, the perennial L. rediviva and the rare Balkan species Lunaria telekiana[1]

The Latin name Lunaria means "moon-like" and refers to the plants decorative seedpods.[2]

They have hairy toothed leaves and terminal racemes of white or violet flowers in Spring and Summer, followed by prominent, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods, which are frequently seen in flower arrangements.[1]

They are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens, and have become naturalised in many temperate areas away from their native habitat.


  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1-4053-3296-4.
  2. ^ Coombes, Allen J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names. USA: Timber Press. pp. 312. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2.
Without seeds