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Chamaemelum nobile (Anthemis nobilis)

Low growing perennial with a long history of use.  Known as Roman chamomile, the plant grows in zones 4-9 from 1/4 to 1/2′ high and spreads up to a foot wide.  It likes full  sun to partial shade and produces fragrant foliage that has been used in seasonings and to flavor herbal beers.  Long history of use as a medicinal plant for it’s anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine and tonic effects.

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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Chrysanthemum parthenium (Tanacetum parthenium)

Lush plant that grows well in full sun, producing clusters of daisy-like flowers.  Feverfew has a long history of medicinal use beginning in Ancient Greece.  Over the years it has been used for many conditions from headache to menstrual irregularity stomach upset, but recent interest has focused on its use to relieve migraine headache and the accompanying nausea.  A number of studies have supported this use.

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Cimicifuga racemosa

Black cohosh is a tall plant (3-6 feet) with spires of creamy white flowers.  It is perennial to one 3 in rich, moist soil and filtered shade.  Widely used herb in North America with dwindling native populations due to habitat destruction and over collecting in the wild.  Medicinally, black cohosh has been used to improve blood circulation, ease menopause symptoms, ease rheumatism and as a central nervous system depressant for tinnitus.

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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Clematis virginiana

Virgin’s Bower is a sprawling, casual, star-studded vine.  It looks dainty with the tiny star flowers and finely cut leaves.  Don’t be fooled.  This is one tough cookie.  Grows 12-20′ and should be cut back hard each spring.  The small white flowers are fragrant.  Grows in zones 4b-8b in full sun to partial shade.  Bees and butterflies are attracted, deer are not.  The plant will also tolerate planting near black walnut.  It can be aggressive so use care with siting.  It can be trained to climb, or just let meander over and around that old apple tree.

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 courtesy Wikipedia.

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Codonopsis pilosula

Dang Shen is a climbing vine that grows 6-8 feet in zones 4-9.  Produces pale green bell flowers in late summer to early fall.

Codonopsis is a Chinese herb that is thought to have properties similar to ginseng, though milder and not as long lasting.  It traditionally is used to enhance resistance to disease.  A poultice is used on wounds.

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 Doronenko (2007). Wikipedia.

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Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley is a rhizomatous ground cover.  Grow in full or partial shade in moist, fertile soil.  Grows to a height of 10 inches and produces racemes of fragrant white bells in late spring over the smooth basal leaves.

Lily of the valley contains cardioglycosides that are similar to those found in foxglove, including convallatoxine.  The plant is considered a cardiac tonic, emetic and diuretic.  Professional use only.

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 H. Zell (2009). Wikipedia.

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Cynara cardunculus

The cardoon is a stately perennial in the garden, much like its cousin, the artichoke.  Perennial that grows to six feet in zones 5-9.  The flowers, leaves, root and stem are all edible, though it is generally the stem that is prepared as a vegetable.  Also like the artichoke, they have been used medicinally as an anticholesterolemic, cholagogue, digestive, and diuretic.  Plant in warm light soil in full sun, keep moist, and enjoy the show along with your neighborhood bees.

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 courtesy Karelj (2011) – Wikimedia Commons.

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Cynara scolymus

Artichokes!  Well, we had to include these, didn’t we?  And why not?  They are a fantastically sculptural garden plant that provide lushes produce for dinner, or stunning purple flowers if allowed to flower.  Artichokes like full sun and rich soil with plenty of water during the growing season.  Position so they get some wind protection.

Medicinally, artichokes contain the compound cynarin, a bitter that improves liver and gall bladder function and acts as a stimulant to the digestive system (like most bitters).  It has been used to assist with high cholesterol and liver disease.  Approved by the German Commission E for liver and gallbladder issues.

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 Alvsagaspar (2011), Wikipedia.

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Dianthus fragrans

A low growing and fragrant pink suitable as a ground cover or to scent up your rock garden.  Attractive to bees and butterflies.  It is drought tolerant and produces masses of frilled and dainty white flowers.

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Dianthus squarrosus

Like the D. fragrans, the Dianthus squarrosus is another tiny and fragrant pink for the garden.  Except not pink…white.  Frilly white flowers to be precise.  This plant grows under 6″ tall in zones 5a-8b in full sun.  The foliage remains evergreen.  Attractive to bees and butterflies. Another great choice for rock or alpine gardens.

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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