Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Annual Honesty (Honesty, Moneyplant, Silver Dollar) (Lunaria annua): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 18, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire The easiest way to identify a plant near someone's house is for the homeowner to come out and tell you what was planted! There are a couple of interesting things about this plant:
  1. This plant looks very similar to the edible plant, Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis). Dame’s Rocket flowers are flatter (the petals are much less curved down) and there is much more separation between the flower petals. Dame’s Rocket leaves are longer and lanceolate (especially the lower leaves) to narrowly-oval while Annual Honesty leaves tend to be more triangular or heart-shaped. For comparison, see the following page for local pictures of Dame’s Rocket.
  2. The seed pods have the appearance of large, translucent silver coins.