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Honesty is an old fashioned plant with briliant pink flowers that give way to paper-thin silvery seedpods, hence its many common names.

Latin Name

Lunaria annua



Also Known As

Silver Dollar Plant Money Plant

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


    Native Range

    Central and southern Europe


    This was on of the first European flowers introduced to the colonies, where it was valued for its edible roots and ornamental seedpods. Thomas Jefferson was growing these in his garden as early as 1767.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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