Best sown in late summer to yield fresh seed the next season. Anti-flatulent. Produces seeds the second year. Has highest oil content. COMMON biennial strain. Fresh leaves, used as a garnish, add flavour to vegetables.
Ht. 40-45cm/16-18”. The effect is striking, as if masses of butterflies have gathered in the garden. Impressive French stoechas lavender with elongated wing-like magenta petals extending from dark bracts on slender stalks.
Fresh chopped leaves are appealing in soups, stews, sauces and salads. Cultivated since 1500 BC in Greece and the Middle East for its distinctive sweet licorice flavour, anise is an annual that requires a long hot summer to bring the seeds to maturity.
Cooked like regular spinach. In fact, the more they are picked, the more they produce. Unlike ordinary spinach, its spreading branches produce succulent leaves and stemtips of very fine flavour throughout the season, long after all other varieties finish.
Because it is hardy (unlike indigo) woad is still grown for natural dyeing. Contains the same dyestuff as indigo, though in lower concentration. For ages the main source of blue dye in Europe, until the introduction of indigo in the 17th century.
Used medicinally for sore throat, bronchitis and cough. An important commercial spice crop in India where the pungent, aromatic seeds are in great demand in curries, pickles, confectionery and beverages.
California Indians so cherished the tea for general use that it was always available. Indigeneous folk remedy for colds and headache, and for urinary and venereal diseases. (Mormon tea; Desert tea; Joint-fir) Reported to contain some ephedrine and pseudoephedrine,...
Will flower the first season if started early. The branching habit is very tight, close to the base and produces a rich flush of attractive flower spikes. Compact and uniform variety with deep purple-blue flowers.
Seed extracts were shown to inhibit both forms of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme involved in inflammation. The ornate blue-dappled white flowers resemble famous Dutch pottery made in and around the town of Delft since the 16th century.
Cooling tea made from leaves is useful for fevers, dysentery and morning sickness. Tart fruits are commonly used in Indian curries, sauces, chutneys and beverages, and in Indian medicine for their carminative and laxative properties.
Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. Harvest at peak maturity, hang small bunches from ceiling in a dry, warm (80-90°F), dark location with good ventilation for 1-2 weeks.
Also important in cosmetics and perfumery. Source of lemongrass oil used to flavour teas, ice cream, candy, pastries, desserts, chewing gum - among its many uses. Easy to grow and will produce a good crop of leaves to make tea and to add to potpourris.
In Germany, women who are stopping oral contraception, use chastetree to help reestablish normal menstruation and ovulation. But be forewarned: some suggest the aromatic seeds have exactly the opposite effect! Whatever the effect on the libido, it is...
For windowsill, patio and even herb garden planting, lay the disk on the surface of the moistened planting medium and cover lightly. We've selected a collection of our favorite herb varieties and put them into handy, easy to plant, biodegradable disks.