A small group ofand perennial herbaceous plants grown for their fragrant small . They are famous, however, for their pods which make an unusual in dried plant .
Suitable site and soil. They do best in well-drained soil in partial shade. A good site is light, dry soil under trees.
Cultivation and care. Plant out those grown fromin autumn. Once established it will self-seed prolifically.
Propagation. Theare grown from seed only, while the perennials can also be divided in spring.
Recommended varieties. L. annua (also known as – ,. biennis) is best known for its seed pods which are transparent, parchment-like, silvery disks about 3cm – 1 inch across but this biennial also has attractive clusters of small, fragrant purplein late spring and the mid-green are toothed and heart-shaped; it grows to 75cm – 2! – 2ft high by about 30cm – lft across. There is a white-flowered form L.a. ‘Alba’ and one with variegated leaves L.a. Variegata’. Another honesty is L. rediviva which grows up to lm – 3! – 2ft. It is a bush-like perennial with small, white fragrant flowers in spring. This plant also produces silvery seed pods which are useful for dried flower displays.
Pests and diseases. Usually no problems from pests but they are prone to fungal diseases including cluband white blister. There is also a viral disease which can deform the flowers and cause them to be streaked.
PODS ON DISPLAY
The dried seed pods of L annua – gleaming and shimmering – make one of the most distinctive elements in any dried flower display. Be sure to pick them in good time to avoid autumn weather damage.