Lunaria annua L. - Honesty, Money Plant, Satin Flower
Family - Brassicaceae
Most apical portion of the stem.
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, woodland edges, old homesites. Also cultivated.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other information - This attractive and widely cultivated species is rarely escaped in Alabama but will most likely expand its wild range with time. The plant can have purple or white flowers and is easy to identify becasue of its big circular fruits. As the plant matures, many of the cauline leaves become sub-opposite to opposite.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-22-03.