Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Annual Honesty - Lunaria annua   L.
Members of Brassicaceae:
Only member of Lunaria in NC.
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DistributionMostly Mountains and northern Piedmont; also Wilson County in the Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe; in N.A. -- N.S. to Man., south to NC and KY; also B.C. to UT and CA.
AbundanceUncommon in the Mountains, rare to uncommon in the northern Piedmont to Wilson County.
HabitatRoadsides, farms, fallow fields, wooded slopes by rivers, powerlines.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationThis species is cultivated for its rosy, magenta, or white flowers and especially for the large, broadly elliptical, papery pods that are flattened such that the seeds can be easily seen. The flowers look quite a bit like those of Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matrionalis), but the fruits are very distinctive.
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