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Anybody know what this is?


By Llew

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

I found it in a patch of neglected ground and thought it was pretty. Is it a weed, 'cause it doesn't seem to have spread massively. There are a few around but they're all singular and upright.

I'm wondering if I could maybe lift one and put it in my garden, or go back when they've died and grab one. What do you think?




Sure you will have seen these in their dried state Llew its Lunaria aka Honesty.They dry with those coin shaped flat seed heads - so spread quite easily . Not a weed as such but some might think a large patch would be .

They also have a white variety and a variegated white variety which think must be a cultivar as never seen in the wild.The easiest method would be to collect the dried seeds once finished flowering .

21 Apr, 2009


Oh, how lovely. Thanks, Bonkers. :o) Yes, I've heard of it and seen it. Loads in dried flower arrangements - is that the stuff?

Would I just put one of the flat seeds in compost then?

Anyway, right now (seeing as I have nothing to lose by trying and a spare bit of soil) I'm off out with my garden fork and see if I can lift one. Always the experimenter, lol.

21 Apr, 2009


honesty is gorgeous. i often transplant seedlings from one bit of the garden to the other. keep them well watered for a few days and the slowly cut it down until you are letting nature take its course.

21 Apr, 2009


Got it in one Llew !

21 Apr, 2009


Love honesty. You wouldnt believe how they can change from this picture to their dry seed heads state.

21 Apr, 2009


Well, I did dig one up (this one actually) and I did stick it in a corner in my bed. A bit of a shady spot too.

You know what? It's still alive and the leaves haven't yet drooped. I might be lucky after all, eh?

SBG, not sure what you mean, hun. Why do I need to cut it down or do you mean when the seed heads appear?

28 Apr, 2009


Doubt anybody is still reading this, but just thought i'd tell you that the plant I dug up an stuck in my garden, is still alive. A month later!! In fact, I took a pic today of one of its flowers and it is now going to seed nicely too.

The wild patch have massive seed heads so I shall be collecting a few of those, but my little survivor will give me some good ones too, I'm sure. :o)

29 May, 2009

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