Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

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Lunaria annua

Lunaire annuelle
Honesty

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

18-26 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Cordate

Height

to 90 cm

Description

The name Lunaria means moon-shaped, which refers to the shape of the seed pods. The common name ‘Honesty’ dates back to the 16th century and possibly refers to the seed pods which are translucent, nothing to hide.

It takes 2 years to flower, in the first year the basal leaves appear. It grows in shade or dappled shade.

Over time the skin falls off the sillique releasing the seeds and revealing the central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen. The seed pods remain on the plant during winter.

Flowers

In spring, Lunaria annua bears terminal racemes of mostly violet, but sometimes white flowers.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped. Heart-shaped, serrated, pointed, coarse, 15 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Silique: two fused carpels, disk-like, shiny, translucent, silvery-brown.

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