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Lunaria annua 'Alba'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lunaria (loo-NAIR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: annua (AN-yoo-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Synonym:Lunaria biennis

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gonedutch On Dec 15, 2004, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

This 'moonplant' is one of the most underrated plants so I want to sing its praises. In my garden of some 450 species this is THE most persistant performer! Take wintertime, right now the evergreen dark green foliage peeks out of the fresh fallen snow. In spring these first year plants will bolt from their current height of 6 inches to 40 inches or more and be one of the first flowers in the spring garden (see my images). In summer the moonshaped seedheads turn from green to purple, then to putty and white in late fall when the plant dies and provides winter interest with its creamy white skeleton. Its a great 'filler' plant for waste areas and it requires no care.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deer River, Minnesota
Fairport, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Wooster, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Appomattox, Virginia
North Sultan, Washington

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