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Herbs A - C

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This information is not to be considered as medical advice. Always do your own research before ingesting any herb or plant material.

Abelia

Showy shrub that blooms in summer to fall, blooms often attract butterflies and bees, does well in sun to part shade in fertile well drained soil, can grow from 5’to 12’

Ajuga

Several varieties but the purplish foliage and blue flowers is the most vigorous, loves full to partial shade, will take sun if watered, likes well drained soil, sends up blue spikes of flowers in the spring, my favorite ground cover

ALFALFA (mendicago sativa)

The parts of the alfalfa plant that are used are its leaves. In the Middle East, alfalfa is known as the “father of all herbs.” Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth and its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K. Alfalfa has also been found to contain all eight essential amino acids. It even contains fluoride which can help prevent tooth decay. Alfalfa is one of the highest fibrous herbs in existence and we are unable to digest its raw leaves. For centuries, Native Americans ground its seeds to be used as flour or boiled its leaves and ate them like greens.

Althaea

Larger upright shrub, blooms in summer and comes in many colors, we usually see the lavender

ALOE VERA (aloe barbadenis)

The parts of this plant that are used are its leaves. There are nearly 200 species of this member of the Lily family, found in African deserts and the islands of Aruba and Barbados. Since ancient times Aloe, recognized as an analgesic, has been used to treat burns. Aloe has also been used to treat other skin conditions such as scrapes, sunburns and insect bites. Aloe is a common ingredient in cosmetics and lotions because it naturally balances the pH of the skin. Internally, it has been used as a mild laxative and studies are being done on the use of aloe to enhance the immune system.

Artemisia – (Wormwood, Powis Castle, Silver King)

Several varieties are available in the artemisia family, gray foliage that provides a wonderful contrast to other plants, likes full sun but will take some shade, aromatic foliage, used to repel insects, nice wreath making material

Barberry

Beautiful small shrub with greenish maroon evergreen foliage, there are many other varieties, stems have small spines, grows well in most any well drained soil in sun to partial shade

Bearded Iris

Sun to part shade, feed with a sprinkle of Epsom Salts, bone meal and blood meal in both spring and fall, divide often and make sure tubers are not deeply planted, you will have huge beautiful easy to care for plants

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma or Wild bergamot)

Wonderfully scented leaves, gather before bloom for fresh tea or dry for later use, blooms can also be gathered and dried. Bee balm is red and the native Wild bergamot blooms purple, blooms in late summer to fall and is a great hummingbird attractor.

BLESSED THISTLE

Helps strengthen the heart & lungs; increases circulation.

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Blooms in spring in either sun or part shade, fern like foliage, drought tolerant, bushy and fast growing

BURDOCK ROOT

Is an excellent blood purifier and cleanser; aids in healing skin blemishes, arthritis & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.

CAPSICUM or Cayenne (capsicum frutescens)

The part of this plant that is used is its fruit. Capsicum or Cayenne, derived from chili peppers, is highly nutritious, containing Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins as well as iron, calcium, and phosphorous. The red color of many chili peppers is due to their high Vitamin A content. Traditionally, chili peppers have been used in condiments to promote digestion and are believed to cleanse the blood. Capsicum has also been used as a gargle to treat throat conditions and research is currently being done on its use as an anti-inflammatory and to relieve sore muscles.

Carolina Jessamine

Either sun or shade, evergreen foliage, yellow spring bloom

CASCARA SAGRADA or “sacred bark” (rhamnus purshiana)

The part of this tree that is used is its bark. This tree is native to the northwest Pacific Coast and has been used by many tribes of peoples indigenous to this region, stretching from British Columbia to California, as a remedy for constipation and upset stomachs. Cascara Sagrada is known worldwide as one of the best natural mild laxatives.

CHAMOMILE (anthemis nobilis - Roman, matricaria chamomilla - German)

The parts of the chamomile plant used are its flowers. Known as an ingredient in many teas, chamomile is used to relax, aid digestion, relieve headaches and help treat allergies. Chamomile is a popular remedy in France and Spain for gas and cramps of the stomach, to treat colic and to induce sleep. It is also a common ingredient in shampoos and perfumes.

CHAPPARAL

Aids in healing skin blemishes, acne, arthritis & allergies; promotes hair growth; acts as a natural antibiotic within the body with no side effects.

Clematis

Many varieties, roots like to be shaded or mulched very heavy to keep the roots cool, beautiful on a trellis, deciduous

COMFREY

Aids in healing respiratory ailments, anemia, arthritis, fractures, mucous membranes, lungs & wounds; it is soothing to the gastrointestinal tract; aids in cell proliferation; helps the pancreas in regulating blood sugar level; helps promote the secretion of pepsin & is a general aid to digestion.

Confederate Jasmine

Either sun or shade, evergreen, fragrant white spring bloom

Coral Honeysuckle

Best in full sun, will take afternoon shade, coral bloom in summer

Coralvine

Native to Texas, does best in sun, pink clusters of flowers in late summer and fall

Daylily

Love full sun, feed as for iris’ above, I know some growers in the area, maybe we can take time to get some new plants

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