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Marrubium cylleneum

Pleated horehound is generally thought of as more ornamental than medicinal.  However, there are some studies being done on the antioxidant properties of the flavonoids in the plant.  Regardless, this is a lovely plant to add to the border or herb garden.  Like M. vulgare, this horehound likes full sun and produces tiny white flowers.  Grows in zones 4-9 up to 36″ high.

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Marrubium vulgare

Horehound is an herbaceous perennial that grows in zones 3-8.  The plant reaches 12-24″ high and produces small white flowers mid summer until fall.  It is a bee magnet that prospers in full sun in poorer soils.

Traditionally used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and tonic for respiratory ailments.  It is reputed to balance secretions within the body.  A room temperature tea of the plant is said to stimulate the appetite (probably due to the bitters in the plant) and a hot tea is said to be diaphoretic.

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 Kurt Stuber (2004), Wikipedia.

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Matricaria chamomilla

If you are familiar with only one medicinal herb, it is probably this one.  German chamomile has a long history of use for its effects on the digestive system and nerves.  Its properties include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative and nervine.  This is one of the exceptions to our “if you are not a perennial, keep moving” rule around here.  German chamomile is an annual.  It puts out fragrant white flowers in the spring and the whole above ground parts of the plant are very aromatic.  Grows to 6-12″ high.  Plant for the scent.  Pick for the tea.

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Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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Meconopsis baileyi

The Himalayan blue poppy is such an unexpected citizen in the garden.  That translucent blue!  The Himalayan poppy prefers shade to partial shade in zones 3-8 and does better in the cooler areas of those zones.

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Melissa officinalis

Lemon balm puts out a mound of medium glossy leaves 24 inches high with inconspicuous white flowers.  Full sun or partial shade in well drained soil.  Aromatic and a great tea plant.  Zones 4-9.

Lemon balm is traditionally used as an antispasmodic for the stomach and nervous system.  It is mildly sedative.

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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Mentha spicata

Spearmint, like all mints, can be an aggressive member of the garden.  Plant is best grown in a container or in a corner of the garden you don’t mind turning over to mint.  Grows in full sun, partial shade or shade reaching a height of 24 inches.  Produces purple flowers that bees love.

Rich in volatile oils, the plant is traditionally used as a carminative, antibiotic and decongestant.

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 Simon Eugster (2006), Wikipedia.

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Mentha x piperita

Peppermint grows in full sun, shade, or partial shade and just about any soil.  It grows so well, it is best either contained in a pot or allotted its own corner of the garden.  Produces spikes of purple flowers in mid to late summer.  Fragrant and attractive addition to the garden.  Zones 5-9.

Antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic and stimulating, it is traditionally used as a digestive aid.  The hot tea can be beneficial with fever and colds.

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 Aleksa Lukic (2010), Wikipedia.

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Monarda citriodora

This space age monarda will grow as either an annual or perennial up to 2 feet tall in zones 5-9.  Also known as lemon bergamot it really is this wild looking.  It will tolerate a variety of garden soil in sun or partial shade.  The leaves are edible either raw or cooked and are used as flavoring in salads and as a tea.  They have a lemony flavor.  Contains phenol and citral and is sometimes used as an insect repellent similar to other highly scented herbs.

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.

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Monarda didyma

Common name, bee balm.  This 3 foot tall plant produces pink to lavender colored flowers from mid to late summer.  Attractive to bees and butterflies.  Plant in sun or partial shade in moist, well drained and fertile soil.

Bee balm, in addition to be a delightful addition to an herbal tea, is traditionally used to assist digestive disorders, particularly flatulent colic and nausea.  In addition, it has a history of use as an anthelmintic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, rubefacient and stimulant.

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.

Photograph by C. Gondolfi (2012).

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Monarda fistulosa

Wild bergamot is a 4 foot tall plant with aromatic leaves and pink flowers with a serious case of bad hair day.  Wonderful plant to attract bees and for tea.

Like Monarda didyma, M. fistulosa is traditionally used to ease digestive complaints.  The American Indians also used it for mild fever, headache, colds and sore throat.

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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