Lunaria

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Lunaria
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
L.
Species

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 four 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1-4053-3296-5.
  2. ^ Coombes, Allen J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names. USA: Timber Press. pp. 312. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2.
Seeds
Without seeds