* Forsythia suspensa (pinyin : lianqiao ) is a flowering plant native to Asia. A bitter tasting pungent herb with an antiseptic effect, it is chiefly used to treat boils, carbuncles, mumps and infected neck glands.
* It is considered an aggressive invasive plant in natural areas (both woods and fields). * The flowers appear from late spring to summer in umbelliform cymes of about 4 flowers.The seeds are small and black, borne in a long capsule .
Minimum Hardiness Zone: 6
Botanical Name: Chelidonium majus
Common Name: Greater Celandine, Swallow Wort, Celandine
The height of this tree is 20–35 m. The Japanese red pine prefers full sun on well-drained, slightly acidic soil. This pine has become a popular ornamental and has several cultivars, but in the winter it becomes yellowish.
The scientific name, Leontopodium , means " lion's paw" and is derived from the Greek words leon (lion) and podion (diminutive of pous , foot). * Edelweiss (pronounced /?e?d?lva?s/ ; Leontopodium alpinum ), is one of the best-known European mountain flowers...
* Ginseng has a history of herbal use going back over 5,000 years. * Ginseng is characterized by the presence of ginsenosides. * It has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigour and also to prolong life.
A cold infusion of the plant can be used as a lotion on swollen knees and ankles. * A poultice of the pounded, dampened leaves has been applied to the feet to treat sweaty feet. The nodding, blue to reddish-purple flowers are solitary on short branches...
Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on...
* A poultice of the bruised root has been used as a dressing and salve on burns, inflammations and cuts. It is perhaps best known for its use as a hair tonic whilst the root is also taken internally as a treatment for non-malignant swollen glands and...
S Anhui, Fujian, S Gansu, N Guangdong, N Guangxi, Guizhou, W Henan, W Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, S Shaanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, E Yunnan, Zhejiang [N India, ?Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam] * This is a very important medicinal species from Southern China.
Seeds are dispersed by birds and mice, but many seeds simply fall to the ground underneath the parent, creating a dense local population. The flowers are small, greenish-white, hermaphroditic , and insect pollinated, flowering in mid-June in New Hampshire.
* The jelly is of a warm rosy color with a delicate flavor sometimes described as feral . The fruit is frequently used and much prized in parts of southern N. * Crataegus aestivalis , known as the Eastern May Hawthorn , is a shrub or small tree of the...
The wax can be used to make aromatic candles. It is native to the southwestern United States , in Utah , Nevada , Arizona , western New Mexico , western Colorado , Wyoming , southern Montana , southern Idaho and eastern California .
* In Canada, dill is a favorite herb to accompany poached salmon. Both the dill "weed" and seed is used. * The leaves are eaten raw or cooked, used as a flavouring in salads etc. * In Poland, where dill is called "koper," it is one of the most popular...
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits. The plants are very cold tolerant, but they can be damaged when dormant if the soil is too moist. * Iris sibirica , the Siberian Iris , is a flowering plant in the genus Iris...
* The leaves and flower heads contain an analgesic agent spilanthol used to numb toothache. * These curiosities are well worth growing, if only for the conversation factor! * The buds are known as "buzz buttons", "Szechuan buttons", "sansho buttons",...
Average Viable Seeds/Packet: 796
Crop Year: 2014
Common Name: Paracress, Toothache Plant, Electric Daisy, Electric Buttons, Buzz Buttons, Peek-A-Boo, Eyeball Plant
* Bright yellow 3/4" flowers on foot-long stalks before the leaves appear, in very early spring; flowers look like the result of a cross between dandelion and small yellow daisy; slightly lobed roundish leaves to 8"; can spread vigorously and become a...
* The fruit is also used as a hop substitute when making beer and it is added to yeast to make it rise more quickly when making bread. * The root-bark is anthelmintic, antibacterial, antiperiodic, stomachic and tonic.
Minimum Hardiness Zone: 4
Average Viable Seeds/Packet: 22
Crop Year: 2014
Common Name: Hop Tree, Common Hoptree, Wafer Ash, Stinking Ash
Mature trees have reddish-scaled bark in the crown and fissured, dark gray bark near the ground. It tends to develop a somewhat flattened and spreading crown with age, hence the specific epithet of tabuliformis.
Evelyniana grows in Vietnam at elevations above 500 metres (1,600 ft). * It is the most widespread conifer in NW Vietnam. * It can become 40 metres (130 ft) tall. * Timber is insect resistant and is useful for construction and household furniture making.
There are also traces of scopolamine, a potent cholinergic-blocking hallucinogen,which has been used to calm schizoid patients. * The use of this plant is subject to legal restrictions in some countries.
* The seeds are used during celebrations because, when thrown into a fire, they explode like crackers. A yellow to gold dye is obtained from the leaves, buds and stems combined. Some botanists treat it in the segregate genus Seriphidium , as S.
* This is considered a noxious weed in some areas. * A yellow dye is obtained from the whole plant. It has also been introduced and is now common in North America . It is obtained from the flowers according to other reports.
Botanical Name: Linaria vulgaris
Common Name: Butter And Eggs, Common Toadflax, Yellow Toadflax