Plants of the Moon
lore and legends assign certain members of the vegetable kingdom to the
dominion of the Moon. Silvery foliage, pale cream, yellow, or bright
white flowers; a cooling nature and perhaps other mysterious properties
as yet undefined form the reasons why the following list of green
growing things are said to possess lunar energy:
Tongue - An alien fern found in damp meadows and shaded woodlands. Its
leaves have healing virtues and are most effective when gathered during
the waning Moon. A single leaf imparts insight to its bearer.
- An evergreen tree, native to China and Japan, with aromatic wood and
leaves producing a pungent substance widely used in medicine.
- This garden herb’s name is a contraction of "clear-eye," referring to
the use of its seeds to heal eye irritations. Clary wine is made from
its blue-white blossoms and has narcotic and aphrodisiac qualities.
- Slice a cucumber and the reason why it belongs to the Moon is quickly
apparent. Probably of Asian or African origin where it has been
cultivated for over 2000 years.
- A native of China, grown in America since colonial days, its
exquisite white flowers and lovely scent define it as a lunar emblem.
- Its seed pods called "silver pennies" are dried in the autumn for
winter bouquets. An easily grown, attractive garden plant with fragrant
flowers of white and purple, honesty belongs to the Moon.
- Although named for the goddess of the rainbow, this particular
species yields the substance called orris root used in magical rites.
Native to Europe, its lilac to white flowers have strong lunar
Jasmine - A night-blooming plant of tiny white flowers in the shape of stars with unforgettable fragrance.
- The fruit of the lemon tree provides the ultimate in cooling
beverages. Lemons are used in witchcraft to counter ill-wishing and as
- The Madonna Lily has been cultivated for over a thousand years. Its
pure white trumpet -shaped flowers bloom in late June to greet the sign
of Cancer and the rulership of the Moon.
- A wild meadow glowing with the bright purple spires of loosestrife is
a common sight in the northeast. Its alien seeds were carried to
America in imported wool and shaken out to take root in the fields
surrounding mill towns. Its link to the Moon may be as a mystic source
of joy and inspiration, or even as a means to tame beasts as its name
- An uncommon variety of fern found in dry meadows and northern
hillsides. Its crescent-shaped segments in pairs along the frond are
like tiny moons and give the plant its name. The alien wildling was
brought to America by the colonists for healing fresh wounds and
because of its magical reputation. According to folklore, moonwort
opens locks and unshoes horses that trod upon it. Gather at full Moon.
- The 18th-century Swedish botanist Linnaeus chose Artemisia as the
genus name for silvery and gray-green leafy herbs. Mugwort was sacred
to the Moon goddess in ancient Greece where it provided protection from
evil and preserved energy on a journey.
Night-Blooming Cereus - A spectacular cactus of the tropics with large white flowers coming to bloom in June after dark.
- A succulent with clusters of purple flowers blooming in late June. A
maiden with romance on her mind is advised to "collect a single blossom
of orpine in silence on Midsummer Eve and sleep with it beneath your
pillow in order to dream of the man who will one day be your lover."
- The opium poppy is native to Greece and the Orient. Although its
narcotic properties can ease pain, fear of addiction precludes its use.
Every source, ancient to modern, lists the poppy as a Moon plant.
- A common rock-garden plant in England that grows wild in Spain and
the mountains of western Ireland. Mounds of tiny white flowers display
a kinship with the Moon.
- An herb praised by Greeks and Romans for its magical qualities as a
love charm. A strong and strangely pleasing scent comes from its leaves.
- The perennial red clover, one of the sacred Celtic herbs, was held in
high esteem by Druidic priests who saw it as a symbol of earth, sea,
Willow - The white and black (pussy willow) willow trees have long been associated with water and the Moon.
- Classical myths recount how the goddess of the Moon presented this
aromatic herb to Chiron, the Centaur who taught the healing arts to