Nature, Photography Flower Portrait: Moonwort Posted by Heyjude on May 11, 2022September 12, 2022 Lunaria annua. The Latin name Lunaria means moon like and refers to the shape and appearance of the seedpods. Honesty, Annual Honesty, Moonwort, Money Plant Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... Related
I’ve never heard it called moonwort before, that’s lovely ❤️
Isn’t it just.
The same with me – never heard it before but I love it as a name for honesty. It’s so appropriate and feels just a bit mysterious too.
My mum calls honesty “fairies’ windows” ❤️
A pretty thing.
One I wouldn’t mind landing on the garden, but it seems those wildflowers I love tend to stay away.
you chose its best epithet for your lovely photo
New to me, but I really like the colour.
Best wishes, Pete. x
You will know it as Honesty, Pete, the one with the paper discs.
I have heard my mum call it that in the past, but wouldn’t have associated it with that colour. x
Your moonwart certainly looks like my Dame’s rocket, which I wrote about last week. Are these the same thing?
It is certainly similar. We call it Sweet Rocket as it is fragrant especially in the evening.
“Dame’s rocket is a non-native plant from Europe, Siberia and China. This invasive plant flowers later in the spring than money plant, its leaves are longer and narrower, and the seed pods are long and slender as compared to the rounded seedpods of money plant.”
Interesting comparison, but with a marked discrepancy. The Dame’s Rocket in my garden came originally from Thos. Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, and its seed pods are round and papery. The tiny seeds can be seen through thin layers of the “paper” and are easy to plant in fall when scattered over the perennial beds. The dried layers of the papery pods simply pop open when I shake bunches of cut stalks.
Jefferson’s version had been introduced to the colonies from Europe in the 1600s, so I’m inclined to assume they’re the same thing as the Moonwort. The plant does go by several folksy names, one of which is Money, or Silver Dollars.
Is yours fragrant?
Oh, yes, Jude, lightly but strong enough to scent the whole back yard area.
These are the green seed pods. They fade to a light cream color when they dry out; that’s when we may shake and scatter them over the garden beds for new growth the following year and blooms in the year beyond that.
I hadn’t heard the folk name either, but I like it (the name, photo & plant!)
Yes a lovely folk name and a lovely plant. Now I just need to encourage some to set seed in my garden.
I love it, though I only know it as honesty. I have found it difficult to grow and have had no luck in my present garden.
It grows in the lane near me, but none has landed in the garden.
Pretty, and lovely name too
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