PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Lunaria annua var. albiflora syn. alba
White-flowered honesty
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Biennial, Hardy
Flowering period Spring
Height 24in/60cm
Light preference Sun/part shade
Soil preference Any reasonable soil
Sowing time/depth Early spring or May-June, barely cover
A white-flowered variation on the old cottage garden favourite, the seedheads of which are often to be seen in dried floral arrangements. Carefully rub the seed pod (silicles) casings off the dried stems to reveal moon-shine like membranes that give this plant its Latin name. A trouble-free plant that will establish itself happily and light up darkish corners, although tolerant of almost any light and soil conditions. These seeds were gathered from plants with pure white flowers, and although in my experience they come true, I can't absolutely guarantee this.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Lunaria is usually best sown direct, but the white form has a rather more delicate constitution, so I recommend sowing and raising in pots in a greenhouse at 18C/64F for planting out later, when every effort should be made to minimise root disturbance. Some sources suggest a 6-8 week period of cold stratification 6-8 weeks after sowing and then bringing back into the warmth for germination. I have never found this to be necessary, but should be tried if no germination has occurred after 8 weeks. Can be treated either as a hardy annual by sowing in early spring, or sown May to June to produce larger, freely branching plants the following year.
Seed
1 packet - 50 seeds approx. £1.95

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