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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…

Pau D’arco

Botanical Name: Tabebuia spp. | Family: Bignoniaceae Common name(s): Pau d’arco, Lapacho, Tabebuia GROWING Evergreen tree | Grows in the warm parts of Central and South America (found in the forests of Brazil and Argentina) | 125 feet | pink to purple flowers Over-harvesting has endangered this tree HARVESTING This inner bark of mature…

Astragalus

Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus | Family: Fabaceae Common name(s): Chinese Astragalus, Huang Qi, Milk Vetch GROWING Perennial; herbacious | Zones 4-11 | 3-4 feet | Pale yellow flowers (pea-flower shaped) from middle of the summer until frost Sun to partial shade | Dry, sandy soil HARVESTING Harvest roots in the fall after…

Reishi

Botanical Name: Ganoderma lucidum, G. tsugae | Family: Ganodermataceae Common name(s): Reishi, Ganoderma, ling zhi, hemlock varnish shelf (G. tsugae) GROWING Fungi | Found across North America and Asia | Sizes vary. Most commonly 4-6 inches wide, 1/2-1 inch thick Begin growing as white, red-orange comes with maturity Shade | Grows on trees/logs…

Shiitake

Botanical Name: Lentinus edodes | Family: Tricholomataceae or Marasmiaceae or Omphalotaceae Common name(s): Shiitake Mushroom, Black Mushroom, Hua Gu GROWING Fungi | Zones 3-9 | mushrooms will sprout for 1-2 weeks in the spring and fall Part shade | grown on logs (see SFGate and Rodale’s Organic Life links for how to grow…

Schisandra

Botanical Name: Schisandra chinensis | Family: Schisandraceae Common name(s): Schisandra, Wu wei zi (Chinese, roughly translates to 5-flavored fruit), Magnolia Vine GROWING Perennial woody vine | Zones 4-7 | up to 30 feet long  | Fragrant leaves and flowers followed by red berries Need male and female to get fruit Partial…