E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lunaria annua L.
honesty (annual honesty; money plant; silver dollar)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial from a taproot; stems 0.5-1.0 cm tall, freely branched, hairy.
Stem leaves heart-shaped, coarsely toothed, 4-10 cm long, stalked, unstalked to short-stalked and clasping above, hairy.
In loose racemes, scentless; petals bluish-purple, about 2 cm long.
Silicles, oblong-oval, strongly compressed, 3.5-4.5 cm long, about 2/3 as wide; flower stalks slender, 7-12 mm long; beaks 6-8 mm long; seeds 3-5 per chamber, 7-9 mm wide, winged.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lunaria biennis Moench
Lunaria inodora Lamarck

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