Prefers sandy or gravelly soil on a slope. Considered a ‘life medicine' by the Navajo people who have used it for menstrual pain, stomach ache, wounds, swellings and coughs. Brilliant red tubular flowers.
Juice was used in early times to execute criminals. In the fresh state all parts are very poisonous. Socrates is the most notable to die in this manner. The active principle, coniine, has provided to be an effective insecticide against aphids and blowflies.
Grows naturally in disturbed soils. Plant stems form well into a wreath base for any season. The essential oil taken from ambrosia is captivating and fragrant. The plant produces garlands of small flowers.
Compact, lush green foliage is beautifully decorated with numerous purple button-sized flowers. Ornamental, aromatic and edible -- this basil has it all! Plants are remarkably uniform (for a basil) at about 40cm/15” tall and wide.
Gaining a well-deserved reputation as a highly effective remedy for colds and flus. (Common Elderberry) Source of fruit for elderberry wine, pie and jelly, possesses extraordinary powers as a virus and bacteria fighter.
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. Pascal is the precursor that transformed celery into the thick fleshy form we know today.
Bears sweet; juicy, highly flavoured fruits, in a fine balance between acid, sugar and pectin. Shrub or small tree. Eaten fresh, or in jellies, preserves and pastes. A sunny window suits this plant well.
Much lauded as a "superfruit" in recent years, Goji has been used medicinally in China for centuries. Grow Heirloom Goji - Plant Goji Berry Seeds Known to some as Chinese Wolfberry, Goji is a woody, perennial shrub that produces bright red berries in...
Treat as a biennial -- sow one year, pick the next. This strain of the lowly dandelion boasts tender fleshy leaves, topping all other fruits and vegetables for iron content. Enjoy in a spring salad, or cooked like spinach.
Henbane has been used as an instrument of assassination and murder since antiquity, most famously in Shakespeare's play Hamlet: “Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,/with juice of cursed hebona in a vial.” Gerard's (1633) says “the leaves, seed...