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Penstemon digitalis

Foxglove Beardtongue is a clump forming native of the eastern and southeastern portions of the US.  It is a very showy plant with white tubular flowers that are attractive to both birds and butterflies.  Grows to 3-5 feed in zones 3-8 in full sun.  Deer and drought tolerant and will also tolerate clay soils.

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Penstemon grandiflorus

Large beardtongue is another midwestern native.  This one grows 2-4 feet tall and produces lilac colored flowers in full sun.  Appropriate for zones 3-9, it is also deer resistant.  The plant has been used in the past as an analgesic, stomachic and to lower fevers, but is not part of contemporary herbal medicine.

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Platycodon grandiflorus

Balloon Flower is a perennial plant that a grows to 1.5 feet tall in zones 4-9, producing beautiful blue flowers that start as a closed flower before popping open.  Historically, the leaves and root have been used as a food, but are thought to be toxic.  The plant has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a very long time.  It contains saponins and was used as an expectorant and anti-tussive, among others.

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Polemonium reptans

Commonly called creeping jacob’s ladder or greek valerian, this midwest native produces the brilliant blue flowers of the more upright jacob’s ladder.  It is a zone 4-8 perennial that grows to 1 foot high in sun to partial shade and prefers its feet moist.  Deer resistant.  There are past records of its use for respiratory and skin ailments due to the alterative, astringent, diaphoretic and expectorant actions of the plant compounds but this plant is not used in contemporary herbal medicine.  Also, a decoction of the whole plant has been used as a hair rinse, which sounds intriguing, if a bit involved.

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Prunella vulgaris

Low growing herb that will form a ground cover 8-10 inches high, left to its own devices.  Produces purple to white flowers.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in rich soil.

Traditionally used as a vulnerary to care for wounds both internally and externally.  Also used as an anti-spasmodic, astringent, bitter tonic, diuretic, and styptic.  Sometimes used as gargle for throat irritation and internally as an astringent for diarrhea.

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Ratibida pinnata

Grey headed coneflower is an upper midwest prairie plant.  At up to 5′ tall the golden flowers will wave above the surrounding prairie plants.  Attractive to butterflies.  Grows in zones 3-9 in full sun.  Tolerant of drought and clay soils.

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Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary is a tender perennial that grows in zones 8-11.  Protect it from frost.  Grows to a height of 12-36 inches.  Full sun in well drained soil.  Try growing it with other Mediterranean plants such as thyme and lavender.

Lovely addition to the culinary herb garden, but also has a place in the medicinal herb garden.  Rosemary is traditionally used as an antispasmodic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, stimulant and a hepatic herb.  Externally used to assist circulation.

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Ruta graveolens

Rue has a long and interesting history as a plant.  It contains flavonoids, particularly rutin.  Used to strengthen eyes as well as numerous other applications in historical herbalism.  Care should be used with this plant.  The whole plant is toxic and poisonous if consumed in large quantities.  Handling the plant may cause a skin reaction for some people.  The dried or fresh plant is said to repel insects when planted near roses or raspberries.  A red dye has been prepared from Rue.  Deer and drought tolerant.  Grows 2-3 feet tall in zones 4-10 in full sun.  Evergreen, but can get sort of ratty looking over the winter.  Give it a haircut in the spring to encourage new growth.

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