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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…

Catnip

Botanical Name: Nepeta Cataria | Family: Labiatae (Mint family) Common name(s): Catnip, Nebada (Spanish) GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | zones 3-7 | 15-24 inches tall | white, purple-spotted flowers on and off in the summer. Found in many environments. Full sun to shade, no special soil needs. Reseeds readily Companion planting: french or red-veined sorrels,…

Chamomile

Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita (German chamomile), Chamaemelum nobile (Roman) | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Chamomile, German chamomile, Roman chamomile (a.k.a garden chamomile) GROWING German chamomile (annual, to 24″), Roman chamomile (perennial, herbaceous, 8-10″) | Zones 4-9 | Full sun / Partial shade | blooms June – frost (white, daisy-like flowers) Likes well-drained soil. Flowers…

Red Clover

Botanical Name: Trifolium Pratense | Family: Leguminosae Common name(s): Red Clover, Trebol (Spanish) GROWING Perennial, herbaceous | Zones 5-9 | Full sun, partial shade | 12-15″ | blooms May – September No special soil needs Stratify seeds for several weeks and sow directly outdoors (I have planted seed directly without stratifying).…

Nettle

Botanical Name: Urtica Diocia | Family: Urticaceae Common name(s): Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Ortiga (Spanish) GROWING Perennial, herbaceous | Zones 5-9 | Full sun, partial shade | 2-4′ | blooms early to late summer (small cream-colored flowers) Likes good moisture / organic soil Stratify seeds and sow directly in the garden (or…