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Anthriscus cerefolium

Annual herb that grows to approximately 20″ high in partial shade.  Keep moist.  Zones 6-9.  Chervil is a classic culinary herb used as part of the French Fines Herbes and banquets garnis.  Delicate taste that is best used fresh.  Medicinally it’s diuretic property has been used for circulatory disorders, liver complaints, urinary disorders, skin disorders and painful joints.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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Aquilegia canadensis

Red columbine.  Zone 4-10 plant is a member of the buttercup family.  Showy flowers with tubular spurs and sepals.  Blooms from April to August, favoring moist, shady gardens areas.

Historically used as a parasiticide to rid the user of lice, as a diuretic, diaphoretic and antispasmodic.  A tea use to be made to soothe headache.  Seeds reportedly were once used in perfume.  Pollinated by hummingbirds and a great draw for them in your garden.

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Aralia californica

Spikenard is a stately plant not for the faint of heart or a gardener with limited space.  It will grow to 9 feet tall in moist shade.  It is, however, a beautiful plant if you have the space.  Clusters of white flowers turn into purple black berries later into the year.  American Indians used the root and fruit as a tonic.  The root tea was used for stomach and lung complaints, cold and fever and as a bath for arthritis.

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Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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Aralia racemosa

Known as American Spikenard, this tall and stately plant is ideal for a garden with room in shade to partial shade.  It is native to the eastern US and Canada.  Hardy in zones 4-8, it prefers shady conditions and moist soil with ROOM.  The perennial grows up to 6 feet tall with a spread of 4 feet.  The flowers are pollinated by bees.  The leaves, fruit and root have all been used as food.  The root has been used as a substitute for sarsaparilla in making root beer and the berries to make a jelly.  It also has a long history as a medicinal, first with the Native American peoples, for its alterative, antirheumatic, diaphoretic and expectorant properties.

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Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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Arnica chamissonis

American arnica is as lovely a plant as it’s European cousin, Arnica montana.  Bright yellow flowers bloom early in the season on a plant that grows to 12″ high in full sun.  Zones 3a-9b.  Medicinally, the plant is used interchangeably with A. montana to accelerate the healing of bruises and sprains.  Do not use internally.  Attractive to butterflies, bees and birds.

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Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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Arnica montana

Arnica has a long history of use as a medicinal herb for the external treatment of bruises and sprains.  A. montana is the European species and in its native environment grows at relatively high altitudes.  It can be coaxed to grow in our lower elevation gardens as well.  Bright yellow flowers appear in early spring.  Grows in zones 5-9 up to approximately 1 foot tall in sun or partial shade.  External use only.

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Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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Artemesia absinthium

Wormwood is a sun loving perennial that will tolerate some partial shade.  It forms a small perennial shrub 12 inches or higher.

Contains the bitter compounds absinthin and anabsinthine.  The plant also contains the compound thujone.  Its traditional medicinal uses include as a digestive, antispasmodic, cholagogue, anthelmintic and antimicrobial.  A topical application as a liniment has been used for bruises and insect bites and stings.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by David Monniaux (2007), Wikipedia.

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Asclepias incarnate

Swamp milkweed.  Plant in moist soil in full sun.  The flowers are pinkish/purple cymes that bloom from summer to fall.

Traditional medicinal use of this plant include as an anthelmintic to rid the body of parasites, a carminative, diuretic, emetic and laxative.  It has also been used for asthma and rheumatism.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by Teune (2007) at Wikipedia.

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Asclepias tuberose

Butterfly weed is a tuberous perennial with lance shaped leaves and bright orange flowers in summer.  Plant in full sun in rich, well drained soil.  Height to 2-3 feet with a 1 foot spread.  Zones 4-9.

Asclepias tuberose was traditionally used for its carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant properties.  May be poisonous to animals if ingested.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by C. Gondolfi (2012).

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Asphodelus albus

Grows in zones 5-9 in well drained soil in partial shade or sun.  Historically used in herbal medicine for external support of skin conditions.

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