Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Stonewort

1. Thought you might like to know that fishermen in the ponds and lakes around Oxford call charophytes [stoneworts] ‘onion weed’.
I always thought the smell was more like stale garlic than onions …
[Natural History Museum, London, April 2008].

Image: common stonewort, Chara globularis, Wildlife Garden, The Natural History Museum, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London; September 2015.