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Lunaria annua L.  

money plant; annual honesty

Lunaria annua Lunaria annua fruit
Lunaria annua
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Fruit: photo courtesy Wikipedia under Creative Commons License

Britton and Brown. See credits below.**

Botanical name: Lunaria annua L.
Common name: money plant; annual honesty
Group: dicot
Family: Brassicaceae
Growth Type: forb/herb
Duration: annual; biennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: up to 3'
Foliage: alternate leaved, scarcely hairy, with triangular or heart-shaped lives; short-stalked or stalkless
Flower color: flowers on racemes, flowers 3/4", purple
Fruit: fruit is broadly elliptic, resembling a silver dollar
Flowering/fruiting time early to mid summer
Habitat: moist or mesic soils
Range in New Jersey: unknown; author notes finding it escaped in Cumberland County
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Distribution Opuntia humifusa distribution
Misc.: Garden escape. Can be confused with Dame's Rocket, Hesperis martonalis.
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 572.
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