Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


0451. [Yorkshire] Another odd dislike is honesty. My father is very against it, saying it brings all kinds of bad luck. He won’t even have it in the garden, never mind in the house. A pity since the seed pods are so pretty, but I can’t bring it in, knowing it will make someone so uneasy [Stetchworth, Suffolk, December 1991].

2. Honesty is also called money-in-both-pockets, as the flat seedheads look like coins [Parkstone, Dorset, June 1991].

3. [Ashford area, Kent] Lunaria annua – devil’s ha’pence (by my grandfather) [Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, January 1991].

Images: main, naturalised, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, April 2016;¬† inset,¬†naturalised, St Mary’s churchyard, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, November 2015.