Honesty Seeds are sold as souvenirs.
Before the days of sophisticated dried flowers Honesty was particularly popular at Christmas and New Year and, after it had been arranged, would often stay in its vase for months. If it was home-grown it would be cut during a dry spell in September or October, then hung upside down in a dry place until needed. Nowadays most of us would prefer to leave the plants to decorate the garden. There is keener interest in the winter garden and the seed pods of honesty can look wonderful in an otherwise bleak garden. Honesty blooms in rich, purples, pinks and starry bi-coloured combinations which are almost fluorescent at sunset. It is a vital nectar plant and therefore popular with bees and butterflies, very easy to grow, normally self-seeding itself in sunny or shady positions. Over a long season, it produces masses of silvery pods. When dried, the green outer covering peels off to reveal the silvery translucent “silver pennies” or “dollars”.
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