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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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


    Bloom Season

    April - May




    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    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.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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