The honesty (LUNARIA annua) is a biennial, 50-80 cm (up to 100 cm) tall plant from the cross of flowers family (Brassicaceae). The solid honesty (LUNARIA rediviva) resembles the honesty, but elongated instead of round seedpods.
The upper leaves are sessile or very shortly petiolate, the lower are stalked. The leaves are coarsely serrated, heart-shaped and egg-laying.
The flowers are odorless and 2.5 to 3 cm. The color of the flower is described as purple, mauve or white.
The flowers are grouped at the top of the upright stem. The flowering period extends from April to June.
The hauwtjes are almost round. The fruits are flat and 3-6 cm.
The plant is attractive to butterflies. The plant escaped from gardens and often grows over woodland edges, in hedgerows and along roadsides. The plant prefers sunny to slightly shaded sites.
The plant comes from South Eastern Europe. In both Belgium and the Netherlands the species is common from wild gardens there, something to other parts of Central and Western Europe does.
The plant gets its name from the seed capsules which tokens appear. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for money. Some folk legends Judas when he was hanged to the gallows under his silver coins have been dropped or have been discarded. It grew honesty.
See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist, Florist
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