Ricotia lunaria (L.) DC.

Maltese Cross Ricotia, Egyptian Honesty

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Ricotia

Category: Annual

Size: 6 to 16" tall


Branched stems, pendulous often, leaves to 5" long. Large showy flowers in winter, pink to purple, shaped in a cross form.


Published in Syst. Nat. (Candolle) vol. 2 page 284 in 1821.

Native to Israel.

Basionym is Cardamine lunaria L.

Synonyms (based on Syst. Nat. [Candolle] vol. 2 page 284):

Ricotia aegyptiaca L.

Lunaria ricotia Gaertn.

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