Lunaria annua ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Honesty) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may take some patience and experimentation. It’s possible to start these seeds indoors, in individual pots, but as they won’t flower until the second year, I suggest saving your indoor space for other seeds and starting these outdoors in spring or summer, either in pots or directly where you’d like them to grow. Some sources recommend planting the circular seeds on their edge, and you could try that yourself, but I haven’t noticed it making a difference. I usually just sow them flat and cover with about 1/8 inch of growing medium. A heat mat isn’t necessary; in fact, the seeds tend to germinate better without supplemental warmth.

Sometimes the seeds sprout in just a few weeks, but if yours are in pots and no seedlings appear after about 4 weeks, consider giving them an artificial chilling period of about 6 weeks before moving them back to a bright place. Or, take the easy route and sow in fall or winter outdoors, giving them a natural chilling period. Once you get the plant to flower and produce seed, it’s likely to self-sow.

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It takes some patience to get the best from honesty (Lunaria annua), but this old-fashioned favorite offers a worthwhile payoff, with a pretty display of purple flowers that are followed by circular, flat pods on the branching, 3-foot-tall stems. When you gently rub or peel off the dull outer covering of the pods, you reveal a papery, silver center that gives it another of its common names: silver dollar. That’s in the second year, though: this biennial produces only mounds of green foliage the first year.

‘Variegata’ offers the bonus feature of irregular white frosting along the leaf edges. The timing and intensity of the markings vary: you might notice a bit of variegation the first year, but most often, it shows up in the second spring. Even then, it can vary, but when it’s good, it’s really good! Full sun (in cooler areas) to partial shade. Biennial (Zones 4 to 8).

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I probably won’t have seeds available again until summer 2024. At least 12 seeds.

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