Culinary


Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives make a beautiful addition to the garden and the kitchen.  Milder flavored than chives, they grow 2-3′ high in a tight clump and put out long stalks with clusters of white stars in late summer.  Full or partial sun.  Average soil and water.  Deadhead the flowers before they set seed to prevent prolific self-seeding.

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Anethum graeolens

Dill is a ferny and aromatic plant.  The annual grows to 2.5 feet tall.  Leaves and seeds are edible.  Long history of use as a medicinal herb as a carminative, diuretic, stomachic and stimulant.  Plant in loose soil in full sun.

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Angelica archangelica

Angelica is a biennial plant, but preventing seed development can extend the plant life.  It is a stately and aromatic plant that grows from 4-6 feet high and will tolerate full sun, partial shade or shade.  The flowers are typical of the Apiaceae family and form a greenish yellow umbel.

Angelica is traditionally used for digestive complaints as a carminative.  It has also been used to support the lungs.

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Photo by Kat (2007), Wikipedia.

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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.

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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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Camassia quamash

A sure sign of spring in the Northwest are the suddenly blue fields.  Camas was an important food for the native peoples of North America.  The bulb was collected in the fall and slow roasted for a nutritious (and reportedly, delicious) food.  Medicinally, there are reports of a preparation made to assist with childbirth.  Regardless, it is a beautiful plant in a formal or naturalized setting.

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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.

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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.

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Photo by Doronenko (2007). 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.

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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.

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