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Honesty

Lunaria annua

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Purple clusters, sometimes white, 4 petals.
Fruit:
Papery, translucent, oval seed pods which persist throughout winter.
Leaves:
Hairy, oval to heart-shaped, pointed leaves. The lower leaves are stalked and the upper are unstalked. The margins of the leaves are serrated.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers are edible. When cooked, the seeds can be used as a substitute for mustard because they contain 'sinigrin'. This is a glycoside that is converted into mustard oil after the plant has been grounded into powder. The roots are also edible raw.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Annual Honesty, Bolbonac, Dollar Plant, Lunaria, Moon Plant, Moonwort, Penny Flower, Satin Flower, Silver Dollar, Silver Spoons, White Money Plant.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, towns, wasteland, woodland.