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Botrychium lunaria - (L.)Sw.

Common Name Common Moonwort
Family Ophioglossaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry grassland and rock ledges[17], usually on peaty soils[4].
Range Widely distributed in arctic and temperate zones of Europe, Asia and Australasia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Botrychium lunaria Common Moonwort


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Botrychium lunaria Common Moonwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Botrychium lunaria is a FERN growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 2. The seeds ripen from June to August.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Meadow; East Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Dysentery

Moonwort has a long reputation as a vulnerary herb, the leaves are used externally as an ointment or taken internally[4, 240]. They are also used in the treatment of ruptures and dysentery[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist free-draining soil[1]. The prothalli (small plants formed when the spores germinate) of this species form a symbiotic relationship with a mycorrhizal fungus in much the same way as orchid seedlings[200]. Plants can be hard to establish, they can be naturalized in a meadow or cultivated in the border where they should be left undisturbed[200]. Unlike most species of ferns, the fronds of this species grow up straight and not curled inward, crozier fashion[4]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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Plant Propagation

Spores - best surface sown as soon as they are ripe in a greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. Placing the pot in a plastic bag helps to maintain a humid atmosphere which promotes germination and growth. Prick out small clumps into pots when they are large enough to handle and keep moist until established. Grow on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter and plant out in late spring. Division. It is best not to try and disturb this plant[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(L.)Sw.

Botanical References

17200

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