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L. annua
Scientific classification Edit this classification
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 is a genus of flowering plants in the family Brassicaceae. It is native to Europe and has been introduced to North America and elsewhere.[1] Species include:

The Latin name Lunaria means "moon-like" and refers to the plants' decorative seedpods.[3]

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.[2]

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


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  1. ^ "Lunaria Tourn. ex L." Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 22 April 2023.
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1-4053-3296-5.
  3. ^ Coombes, Allen J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names. USA: Timber Press. p. 197. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2. OCLC 741564356.