Showy American native with blue-violet flower spikes and majestic, upright growth habit. Under study as a potential booster of the immune system. Used by Amerindians as a purgative, emetic, and anti-inflammatory.
But be forewarned: some suggest the aromatic seeds have exactly the opposite effect! Whatever the effect on the libido, it is clear that it has an effect on hormonal balance. Seeds require stratification.
When to Sow: Spring
Ease of Germination: Moderate/Special Treatment Required
It can be sown directly in an area that will receive full sun, to bloom from June to August. Love it or not, the gold and white presence of the ox-eye daisy brings its careless beauty to many abandoned and out of the way places.
Indigeneous folk remedy for colds and headache, and for urinary and venereal diseases. Pleasant thirst-quenching tea. (Mormon tea; Desert tea; Joint-fir) Reported to contain some ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, both potent central nervous system stimulants.
Named after Henri Pascal who discovered the first plants in his celery field in 1884, the variety was improved upon by Vilmorin, the French seed company. Ht. 50-60cm/20-24". But as much as this heirloom belongs among the vegetables, its lush dark green...
It has smaller leaves, and stronger flavour and aroma than garden sage (S. Studies confirm that it is effective for blood sugar, lowering without affecting insulin levels. The oil is distilled and harvested commercially.
It is gaining a reputation among western herbalists as a fast and highly effective treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory and irritability. Ht. 5-9m/15-25ft. It is a small tree with fragrant showy pink flowers in summer.
Promotes clear vision, and relieves swelling, soreness and redness of the eyes caused by liver inflammation. Ht. 30-90 cm/1-3 ft.X5385 (Jue-ming-zi) Excellent laxative: safe and effective for chronic constipation.
Impressive French stoechas lavender with elongated wing-like magenta petals extending from dark bracts on slender stalks. Ht. 40-45cm/16-18”. The effect is striking, as if masses of butterflies have gathered in the garden.
Botanical Name: L. stoechas pedunculata 'Fragrant Butterfly'
As the story goes, Napoleon brought seeds back from Egypt for his wife Josephine and she so loved the plant that she called it "mignonette" or "little darling." It later became a favourite in Victorian England especially in the cities where it helped...
Their addictive strong garlic-like odour and onion flavour are driving a wave of popularity among top chefs. They are not easy to grow from seeds but if everyone plants a few seeds maybe we can slow the loss of this special wild plant.
(Fennel flower; Russian caraway; Black caraway) Commonly featured in Indian dhals and equally at home in Russian rye bread! Aromatic black seeds resemble fennel in aroma and taste something like peppery nutmeg.
It was used by the Cherokee for pain, toothache, ulcers, and hemorrhage. Prefers moist conditions but will tolerate a wide range of soils. (New York ironweed) Tall native flower with masses of deep purple fluffy flowers.
Ease of Germination: Difficult/Special Treatment Required
All America winner for 2002. Ornamental, aromatic and edible -- this basil has it all! Plants are remarkably uniform (for a basil) at about 40cm/15” tall and wide. Terrific for containers and garden plantings.