Zingiber Officinale, Ginger

Zingiber Officinale, Ginger

  Ginger 1896 color plate from Köhler’s Medicinal Plants Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Monocots Clade: Commelinids Order: Zingiberales Family: Zingiberaceae Genus: Zingiber Species: Z. officinale Binomial name Zingiber officinale Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. …

Phyla Dulcis, Lippia Dulcis, Aztec Sweet Herb

Phyla Dulcis, Lippia Dulcis, Aztec Sweet Herb

Phyla dulcis is a species of perennial herb that is native to southern Mexico, the Caribbean (Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico), Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela. It is known by several common names, including Aztec sweet herb, bushy lippia, honeyherb, hierba dulce, and tzopelic-xihuitl (Nahuatl). Its buds are also sold as dushi or dulce (sweet in Papiamento and Spanish respectively) buttons. Aztec Sweet Herb Botanical Name: Phyla scaberrima Aztec Sweet Herb is a low…

Oxalis triangularis, Purple Rain Shamrock,

Oxalis triangularis, Purple Rain Shamrock,

Oxalis triangularis, commonly called false shamrock, is a species of edible perennial plant in the Oxalidaceae family. It is endemic to Brazil. This woodsorrel is typically grown as a houseplant but can be grown outside in USDA climate zones 8a–11, preferably in light shade. The deep maroon leaves are trifoliate, like species in the clover genus Trifolium which are commonly called shamrock, hence…

Turmeric, Curcuma longa

Turmeric, Curcuma longa

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) (/ˈtɜːrmərɪk/) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial flowering plant ofthe ginger family, Zingiberaceae It is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes and propagated from some of those rhizomes in the…

Papaver spp. – Hungarian Breadseed Poppy

Papaver spp. – Hungarian Breadseed Poppy

Baking with poppy seeds is a centuries old tradition, and easy to grow, cold-tolerant poppies are a joy in the spring garden. This large podded Eastern European heirloom strain has luminous, ethereal white or pale lavender-pink petals with contrasting dark center blotches and blue-green toothed…

Borago officinalis – Borage

Borago officinalis – Borage

  Borage Borage flower Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Eudicots Clade: Asterids Order: Boraginales Family: Boraginaceae Genus: Borago Species: B. officinalis Binomial name Borago officinalis L.  Borage ( Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual, self seeding herb that is native to the Mediterranean  and has naturalized in many…

Artemisia Abrotanum  ‘Cola’ – Cola Herb –  Southernwood

Artemisia Abrotanum ‘Cola’ – Cola Herb – Southernwood

To prevent from spreading and becoming invasive it should be grown in a sunken container, with adequate drainage holes. Lift and divide each year in spring, replanting the younger, vigorous sections of the plant in fresh compost. There are two main cultivated strains of southernwood,…

Salvia Elegans – Pineapple Sage – Tangerine Sage

Salvia Elegans – Pineapple Sage – Tangerine Sage

Salvia elegans, commonly called pineapple sage or tangerine sage, is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Guatemala. It inhabits Madrean and Mesoamerican pine-oak forests between 6,000 and 9,000 ft (1,800 and 2,700 m). Salvia elegans has tubular red flowers and an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. It produces numerous erect leafy stems and…

Aloysia citrodora – Lemon Verbena – Lemon Beebrush

Aloysia citrodora – Lemon Verbena – Lemon Beebrush

Lemon verbena is a perennial shrub or subshrub growing to 2–3 m high. The 8-cm-long, glossy, pointed leaves are slightly rough to the touch and emit a powerful scent reminiscent of lemon when bruised (hence the Latin specific epithet citrodora—lemon-scented). Sprays of tiny purple or white flowers appear in late spring or…

Helichrysum Italicum – Curry Plant

Helichrysum Italicum – Curry Plant

H. italicum is a small bushy evergreen sub-shrub with linear, silvery-grey, curry-scented leaves, and small yellow flowerheads in domed clusters Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. It is sometimes called the curry plant because of the strong smell of its leaves. It grows on dry, rocky or…