In larger doses it acts as a nerve depressant, and is useful for asthma and whooping cough. Excessive doses can cause severe depression. (Indian tobacco) In small doses lobelia acts as a stimulant, especially on the respiratory system.
Will survive outdoors in zone 8 but dies back to the ground in winter. Few flowers capture the heart and soul of Asia as does. It is used in religious offerings, to adorn altars, and to make welcome garlands for guests.
Suitable for indoor culture; less susceptible to turn yellow or leggy. Produces best when cut continuously. Excellent, strong flavour and thick, dark green leaves. (Windowsill chives) Swiss strain developed for greenhouse forcing.
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall/Anytime
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By one account this fig was brought to the U.S. by an Italian sailor who named it after his wife. Large green-yellow figs with beautiful sweet purplish-red flesh. Another story has it that this is really the same as another well-known variety called 'Adriatic'.
We combined it with garlic chives and fresh parmesan cheese. In Jim Westerfield's words: “We always served this neat hybrid in our gourmet restaurant as a side dish. This was combined with angel hair pasta.
Berries are borne on large clusters that are easy to harvest. Yields are excellent. Medium-sized black-purple berries are sweeter than most varieties. (Elderberry) Variety released by the New York Agriculture Experiment Station in 1926 and is still widely...
Gros Bleu is quickly becoming a standard in the Pacific Northwest where it is widely grown for fresh and dried bouquets, potpourris, and for landscape use. Outstanding lavender from France and a stiff challenger to Grosso, the current favourite on lavender...
Botanical Name: Lavandula x intermedia 'Gros Bleu'
Fruits are medium to large and have a rich raspberry flesh with excellent flavour. Steven Biggs, author of , rates it "very delicious." It a mid-season "main crop" variety, as most of its fruits develop on the current year's shoots, not on the previous...
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Excellent remedy for colds and intermittent fever, especially for flu. Eastern North American native found in swampy areas and along streams. Medical evidence suggests that it enhances the immune system.
Succulent shrub with showy coral flowers on a stem up to 60 cm/2 ft. (Plakkies) Excellent wart remedy, widely recommended even by medical doctors, in South Africa. Thick, fleshy, grey-green leaves are sliced lengthwise and placed cut side on the wart...
Has tonic effects, improves kidney action, and relieves asthma. (Mormon tea; Desert tea; Joint-fir) Unusual native of the southwestern U.S. desert regions. Makes a pleasant refreshing beverage tea, an excellent substitute for coffee or tea.
According to the tale as told by the unfortunate victims, man-eating koalas leap out of the trees and drop onto people's heads. (Bluegum) Famous "gum" tree of Australia, and source of eucalyptus oil used in medicine and perfumery.
Though the tree can reach up to 25m (75ft) in the garden, it thrives in containers with regular pruning. (Dollar leaf gum) Shaped like silver dollars, and about the same size too, the leaves and stimulating fresh scent make the species a popular item...
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Height 12-24in (30-60cm); Spread 6-12in (15-30cm). Once roots have established, do not relocate. Prefers full or part shade, and with care you will have flowers within 4 years. Rhizomes spread to foster new growth.
The essential oil is used to enhance fruit flavours in confections and perfumes. Delightfully curry-scented foliage creates a welcome introduction to this trouble-free shrub. When it rains curryplant releases a pleasing light curry scent.
Likes damp, acidic soil. Attractive glossy green leaves and pink bell-shaped flowers. (Bearberry; Kinnikinnik) Used for kidney and bladder infections on account of its diuretic and antiseptic properties.
It is cold-resistant and it is an early main-crop fig. Its dark-blue almost black fruit, with peach-coloured flesh, is very sweet. A good choice for northern gardens according to Steven Biggs, author of .