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Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender grows as a woody perennial to 24″ high.  Zones 5-8.  Prefers dry, sunny situation in full sun.  Well drained soil.  In the soggy northwest, it seems to do best on a southern facing slope in sandy soil.

Used traditionally to ease flatulence, headache, for indigestion and nausea and for it’s antiseptic properties.  Lavender is also mildly sedative and has been used as part of calming teas.

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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Leonurus cardiaca

Zones 4-8. Grows 2-4′ in height.  Full sun, partial shade or shade.  Adaptable to soil types.  Produces whorls of lavender flowers from mid to late summer.

Traditionally a woman’s herb and used for reproductive issues, particularly the symptoms of menopause.  The plant has also been used as a cardiac herb for the heart and as a digestive for gas and cramps.  May cause dermatitis in susceptible individuals.

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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Levisticum officinalis

If you are looking for an edible garden statement, you could do a lot worse then lovage.  It grows up to 6 feet tall in zones 5-9.  Needs average sort of garden care in full sun to partial shade.  In return you get a beautiful and fragrant plant that will provide leaves and stems for your kitchen and keep the pollinators happy as well.  Medicinally, this plant has been used primarily or the digestive and respiratory systems.  The aromatic compounds that give it the celery like flavor also make it a warming and carminative herb for the digestive tract and valuable as an expectorant for the respiratory system.

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Liatris spicata

Zone 3-9. Grows 10-12 inches and produces purple flowers on a stalk from mid summer through fall.  Prairie plant that loves the sun.

Plant is used for its diuretic properties.  The root has also been used in a decoction for sore throats.

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Photo by Mason Brock (2010). Wikipedia.

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Lobelia cardinalis

Red lobelia grows from 15-30″ high.  Brilliant red flowers bloom from mid to late summer.  Water loving plant that prefers shade to partial shade in moist soil.

Lobelia was particularly popular with the Eclectic physicians in the 1800’s and early 1900’s in the US.  It acts on the vagus nerve to relax and strengthen.  Used traditionally for respiratory complaints.  If dose is too large it acts as an emetic.

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 Dr. Thomas G. Barnes (2008). Wikipedia.

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Lobelia siphilitica

Big blue lobelia grows to 4 feet in sun or partial shade.  Prefers moist, humus rich soil.  Plant forms clumps of ovate leaves with blue flowers in racemes in late summer to fall.

Lobelia siphilitica has many of the same traditional uses as Lobelia cardinalis.  Used primarily for its effects on the vagus nerve in relaxing and calming spasms.  This effect made it important for easing respiratory ailments.

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Lychnis chalcedonica

The maltese cross will not be missed in your garden.  The brilliant red to orange-red of the flowers will ensure that.  This Lychnis grows in zones 4-10 in full sun.  It can get as tall as 48″.  Bees and butterflies love it, and given the red color, I imagine hummers probably take a peek as well.  A beautiful perennial for the border.  There have been some studies done on Lychnis chalcedonica and specifically its hemorrheological effects in lowering blood viscosity.

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Lychnis flos-cuculi

Delicate and dainty Ragged Robin is native to Europe and Russia but has been introduced to Canada and parts of the US.  It prefers damp to boggy soils but we find it also does well in normal garden conditions.  Roots contain saponins that have been used as soap.  US Zones 4-8 in sun to partial shade.

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