Growing Honesty: Tips at a Glance
In spring, honesty creeps up on you by gaining height while other herbaceous plants are still hugging the ground. Being a self-seeder, the flowers sprouts in places that are hard to reach with a trowel, even if you'd thought of planting them there.
- Type Herbaceous flower
- Lifespan Annual, biennial, perennial
- USDA Zones 2-10
- Light Sun, light shade
- Soil Moist
- When to Plant Sow in spring
- Design Tip Purples and blues
- Companions Camassia, alliums
- Peak Bloom Summer
Honesty: A Field Guide
After it finishes blooming, honesty (Lunaria) forms distinctive coin-shaped, papery seed pods that will rustle in the wind and delight any children who come upon them in the garden.
Most species of honesty have royal purple or mauve flowers, but white Lunaria annua var. albiflora highly prized for its ability to light up a lightly shaded spot with glowing moonlight flowers. A rampant self-seeder, honesty will pop up in surprising and delightful spots next year.