Honesty, silver dollar plant, Moneyplant;
 
 

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Common names: Honesty plant, annual honesty, money plant, silver dollar, Chinese money, Chinese coins, penny-flower 
Branched hairy annual or biennial herb with broadly cordate coarsely toothed leaves, lower stalked, upper sessile; flowers violet to pink, on up to 20-flowered racemes, without bracts; petals 2-3 cm long, obovate, strongly veined; fruit nearly orbicular, flattened, up to 4 cm long, slightly less broader; seeds few.   
Photographed from our house garden in Balgarden, Srinagar Kashmir on May 5, 2012. 
I have feeling that plant depicted on Flowers of India is not correctly identified. It has much narrower leaves and fruits are linear and not coin-like. It may be Hesperis sp.


Fascinating and beautiful plant. New to me.
I wonder why it is called honesty plant!

 

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Common names: Honesty plant, annual honesty, money plant, silver dollar, Chinese money, Chinese coins, penny-flower
Branched hairy annual or biennial herb with broadly cordate coarsely toothed leaves, lower stalked, upper sessile; flowers violet to pink, on up to 20-flowered racemes, without bracts; petals 2-3 cm long, obovate, strongly veined; fruit nearly orbicular, flattened, up to 4 cm long, slightly less broader; seeds few.
Photographed from our house garden in Balgarden, Srinagar Kashmir on May 5, 2012.


 
  
 
 
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