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Turmeric

Botanical Name: Curcuma longa | Family: ZingiberaceaeCommon name(s): Turmeric, Jiang huang, HaldiGROWINGPerennial; herbaceous | Zones 10 – 11 (if grown inside, minimum temperature is 64 degrees) | 40 inches tall | Long, oblong green leaves (the undersides are lighter green) | Yellow-white flowers on long spikes | Seeds are sterileRhizomes are orange…

Prickly Ash

Botanical Name: Zanthoxylum americanum | Family: Rutaceae Common name(s): Prickly Ash, Toothache Tree, Yellow Wood, Suterberry GROWING Shrub; perennial | Zone 3-7 | 8-15 feet tall | Small greenish flowers before leaves in April/May | Fruit grows in clusters at end of branches and is green to red to blue-black in color | Bark has scattered prickles…

Chickweed

Botanical Name: Stillaria media | Family: Caryophyllaceae Common name(s): Chickweed, Starweed, Starwort, Stitchwort (and more!) GROWING Annual; considered a weed | Zones 3-8 | Grows along ground, 6-15 inches | Very small white flowers all season (March – September) | Leaves are smooth and oval, stalks are hairy Grows everywhere, easily reseeds | Good ground cover because the roots…

Plantain & Psyllium Seed

Botanical Name: Plantago species | Family: Plantaginaceae Common name(s): Plantain (there are over 200 varieties) GROWING The psyllium seed produced commercially is from a cultivated variety of plantain native to India. However, the common plantain has seeds with similar qualities, although they are smaller. You don’t need to grow the common plantain. It grows everywhere!…

Golden Seal

Botanical Name: Hydrastis Canadensis | Family: Ranunculaceae Common name(s): Goldenseal, Puccoon Root, Yellowroot GROWING Perennial; herbacious woodland plant | Zones 3-9 | 10 – 15 inches | Greenish white flowers in spring, red berries in summer Fairly dense shade. PH of 6-7 (will not grow well near oaks or evergreens). Moist humus soil. Moderate water. Propagate by root…

Oregon Grape

Botanical Name: Mahonia Aquifolium (a.k.a. Berberis Aquifolium) and related species| Family: Berberidaceae Common name(s): Oregon Grape, Mountain Grape, holly leaved barberry GROWING Evergreen shrub | Zones 4/5 – 8 | 6 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide | Leaves resemble holly.  Clusters of yellow flowers March – May. Small grapelike berries July – September. Native to the Pacific Northeast. Well-drained, humus-rich…

Chaparral

Botanical Name: Larrea Tridenta | Family: Zygophyllaceae Common name(s): Chaparral, Creosote bush, Greasewood, Hediondilla, Governadora, Guamis GROWING Perennial; Evergreen shrub | dessert areas of the Southwest | 3-6 feet | yellow flowers from March – September, followed by a fluffy white fruit. Grown as a bush or pruned to a short tree. Nothing will grow under creosote bush because…

Echinacea

Botanical Name: Echinacea Augustifolia & Echinacea Purpurea | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Purple Coneflower GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | zones 3-9 | 2-4 feet (Purperea is taller) | pinkish purple flowers from mid to late summer. Stratify seeds for at least 3 months if starting indoors. Seeds germination rate = 50%; seedlings take 2-6 weeks to…

Yellow Dock

Botanical Name: Rumex Crispus | Family: Polygonaceae Common name(s): Yellow Dock, Curly Dock, Broad-leaved Dock GROWING Perennial | zones 3-9 | 1-3 feet | numerous pale green drooping flowers, from June – July. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in the soil in single rows, about 8 inches apart. Found in wet open fields. It’s found in the United States, Europe,…