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Pumpkin

Botanical Name: Curcurbit pepo | Family: Cucurbitaceae Common name(s): Pumpkin GROWING Annual vegetable | Zones 3-9 |  | Sprawling vines, orange fruit Full sun | Very rich, nutrient soil HARVESTING Parts used: Seeds and pulp Harvest in autumn, when the pumpkin is ripe (turns orange). Use fresh seeds (discard after 30 days).…

Saw Palmetto

Botanical Name: Serenoa repens (syn. Seronoa serrulata) | Family: Palmaceae Common name(s): Saw Palmetto, Sabal, Seronoa GROWING Palm tree/bush | Zones 8-11 | 7 feet tall/wide | Stems grow along the ground and upright. Green (and sometimes blue) leaves are the shape of a fan blade with sharp, saw-like edges. Fragrant white flowers in the…

Sarsaparilla

I am not posting a photo of this plant because I can’t find one for officinalis and there are tons of Sarsaparilla varieties. Please see my notes at the bottom of this post for a picture of wild sarsaparilla, which is a different botanical plant (but used medicinally, as well).…