Herb: Common Moonwort
Latin name: Botrychium lunaria
Synonyms: Osmunda lunaria
Family: Ophioglossaceae (Adder's Tongue Family)
Medicinal use of Common Moonwort:Moonwort has a long reputation as a vulnerary herb, the leaves are used externally as an ointment or taken internally. They are also used in the treatment of ruptures and dysentery.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry grassland and rock ledges, usually on peaty soils.
Propagation of Common Moonwort: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry grassland and rock ledges, usually on peaty soils.
Known hazards of Botrychium lunaria:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.