Botanical Name: Lunaria annua
Native: Southeastern Europe
Hardiness: Biennial in USDA zones 5–9
Plant Dimensions: 18″–36″ tall
Variety Information: ½”, four-petaled flowers in white, and purple-magenta appear on branched clusters atop 18″–36″ tall stems.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost for bloom the following spring. Sow in late summer/fall for blooms the following year.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Does not transplant well. Sow in biodegradable pots to reduce root disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 14 – 20 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″ – 15″
Thinning: When 1″ tall thin to 1 every 12″ – 15″