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Lunaria ‘Corfu Blue’

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Lunaria ‘Corfu Blue’

Honestly, this Honesty is the most stunning plant I have grown in the garden for years. I bought a plant some years ago after a friend recommended it. I then planted it thinking it really did not look that exciting. I quickly forgot all about it until a year later when in amongst all my other plants this big bush of electric purple blue flowers had appeared as if by magic. I say electric, as this really describes how the flowers seem to shine as if neon lights were ablaze in the border.

This unusual plant variety is thought to be a form, originating from Corfu, of Lunaria annua, however, Lunaria annua is a biennial and my plants seem to live longer and get much bigger that the typical deep pink flowered plant which is a common sight of garden and hedgerow. In many respects it does the same thing, flowers for some considerable time, then later in the season you notice the ornamental seeds hanging like silver coins from the stems. From these silver coins, you are more or less guaranteed to have some extra plants appearing the following year. The foliage is also different from common Honesty, being less hairy and slightly bluer in colour.

Flowers start appearing in April,and continue through until quite late in the summer, followed by the ornamental seed pods. Single plants can attain a height of 90cm and a spread of up to 75cm.

Cultivation Notes
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Prefers rich, moist soils with light to moderate shade. When foliage depreciates in autumn, plants may be cut to the ground.

Can be planted in most soil types. Use in mixed perennial borders, or can be grown as a container plant.

Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove faded flowers as required.
Perfect Companions
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