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Overview: Lunaria, commonly known as honesty or silver dollar plant, is a biennial flowering plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Native to the Balkans and southwestern Asia, lunaria is cultivated for its attractive purple or white flowers and unique seed pods, which have a translucent, silvery appearance. It is popular in gardens for its ornamental value and is also used in dried flower arrangements.


  • Lunaria plants typically grow to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm).
  • The plant features heart-shaped leaves with a pale green color and serrated edges.
  • Lunaria blooms in late spring to early summer, producing clusters of small, fragrant flowers in shades of purple or white.
  • After flowering, lunaria develops distinctive seed pods that are round and flat, resembling silver coins or "honesty" due to their translucent appearance.


  • Lunaria thrives in well-drained soil and prefers partial shade to full sun.
  • It is a hardy plant that can tolerate various soil types and is relatively low-maintenance once established.
  • Lunaria can be grown from seeds sown directly into the ground in spring or started indoors and transplanted outdoors after the last frost.
  • The plant typically self-seeds, producing new plants in subsequent years.


  • Ornamental: Lunaria is primarily grown for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes. It adds charm to flower beds, borders, and woodland gardens with its attractive foliage, flowers, and seed pods.
  • Dried Flower Arrangements: The unique seed pods of lunaria are popular for use in dried flower arrangements and crafts. They can be harvested when fully mature and left to dry naturally before incorporating them into arrangements.


  • Lunaria can be propagated from seeds, which are typically harvested from mature seed pods in late summer to early fall.
  • Seeds can be sown directly into the ground in autumn or spring, or started indoors in pots and later transplanted outdoors.
  • It's important to provide adequate spacing between lunaria plants to allow for proper growth and development.


  • Lunaria is relatively low-maintenance and does not require extensive care once established.
  • Watering should be done sparingly, as lunaria prefers slightly dry soil and can tolerate periods of drought.
  • Deadheading spent flowers can encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding if desired.