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Lunaria rediviva (Perennial Honesty)

Perennial Honesty


Lunaria rediviva (Perennial Honesty) is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump of finely toothed, heart-shaped leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm), that may be tinged with dark red. In spring and early summer, showy panicles of delicately scented, lilac-white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are on display. They are followed by translucent, elliptical, flat seed pods that are highly prized in dried flower arrangements. A useful addition to informal beds and borders, bright woodland gardens, and naturalized areas.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Plants will self-seed when happy.
  • Performs best in full sun in fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Appreciate some afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
  • A remarkably low-maintenancee plant, this excellent performer looks spectacular when grown in beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens or cottage gardens. The translucent seed pods are excellent for dried flower arrangements.
  • This plant is resilient to most pests. Keep an eye out for club root or white blister.
  • Propagate by seed in spring or divide in spring.
  • Native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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