Lunaria annua var. albiflora
Lunaria annua var. albiflora is the lovely white flowered form of the old favourite “Honesty” or “Silver Dollar Plant”.
Old favourite for tough spots
It is one of my favourite standbys for the really tough spots under our mature trees.
Where it brings those difficult gloomy spots to life in both spring and summer.
White spring blooms
White Honesty has large heads of fragrant white flowers in the spring.
Atop lush green foliage.
So it makes the perfect follow-up to early spring bulbs, as it covers the fading and browning bulb foliage and charms with fragrance and white blossoms.
Silver moons for florists
Then in summer the flowers transform to attractive large green discs. And finally turn to translucent papery, silver moons.
These silver moon seed pods are beloved by florists and decorators drying and floral arrangements.
Hence the alternative common name of Silver Dollar Plant.
Easy as pie to grow
White Honesty must be amongst the easiest of all plants to grow in the garden.
And amongst the quickest to raise from seed.
It is virtually bullet proof to pests, diseases and neglect.
Unfussy & frost hardy
Lunaria annua var. albiflora will happily settle in either Sun or Shade.
It is not fussy about soil type, from acid to alkaline lime, from sandy to clay.
And it is very happy amongst the leaf litter under trees and shrubs.
While it is reliably frost hardy down to at least -20C. So perfectly capable of coping with hard frost.
Very reliable self sower
Lunaria annua var. albiflora is a lovely and reliable biennial that will self sow freely from year to year.
75cm. High in fragrant flower or translucent seed pod x 45cm. Wide attractive foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & kids
Lunaria annua var. albiflora can be sown directly into the ground where required in Spring / or indoors for an early start.
INDOORS: First sow the seed in a punnet in late winter on good quality seed raising mix.
Then just cover the seed with sieved mix, vermiculite or course sand.
Now place in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
Because temperatures of 15-22 degrees C. are recommended for rapid and optimum germination.
Then seeds sprout in approx. 7-14 days.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).