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Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:16:10 AM »
Does anyone out there grow the UK species of Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria), or any of the North American species?
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 02:13:53 PM »
Botrychium lunaria  from wikipedia
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:30 PM »
Hi Anne

I do not know anything about the cultivation status of Botrychium species in California (you inquired about North American Species).

I can tell you that we have 6 species that have been found within ENF (Eldorado National Forest, California), Botrychium ascendens, B. crenulatum, B. minganense, B. montana, B. paradoxum, and B. simplex. All are extremely uncommon. Botrychium simplex is on the ENF Watch List (i.e. an even higher level of sensitivity to habitat disruptions – rarely seen even by trained botanist). I have had a number of recent discussions with ENF Botanist concerning these species. All appear to be highly sensitive to habitat disruptions and seem to demand very specific growing conditions (i.e. some species are associated with Incense Cedar, Calocedrus decurrens, etc.).

At one time Sceptridium multifidum was included within the genus Botrychium. This species is more common in ENF, however it is still not commonly seen. Unfortunately, I know nothing about its cultivation status either.

I wish that I could be more helpful. Maybe this information will lead you toward more detailed information on the Genus in North America.
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 09:51:46 PM »
Anne if your old  man doesn't know then who does ::)
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 12:53:03 AM »
In my experience, Botrychium (Sceptridium) multifidum is easy to transplant and cultivate. Propagation is probably beyond the abilities of most gardeners, though (my plants came from a friend's property that was being partially cleared).

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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2018, 05:40:31 PM »
Hi James, can you tell us how you transplanted them?
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2018, 07:45:12 PM »
Botrychium lunaria is quite common in Alps (as opposed to the others species which are rare to very very rare). I've transplanted some this summer but I don't know if it has succeeded. There's still a bud as far as I can see. Botrychium seems quite like Ophioglossum (same family). When resting, it has a bud and roots nearly like a perenial plant. From this doc, it seems that Botrychium doesn't make any stolon (Ophioglossum does).
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Re: Does anyone grow Botrychium (Moonwort)
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2018, 08:43:54 PM »
Anne, I have tried for some years to find nurseries that supply our smaller native ferns. I don,t know if the lack of availability is because they are subject to endangered status or not garden-worthy. Perhaps the "older" nurserymen no longer have plants on their nurseries. I would not buy any plants from a supplier if I thought the plants came from the wild.

 

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