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Comfrey

Botanical Name: Symphytum officinale, uplandicum* | Family: Boraginaceae Common name(s): Comfrey, Knitbone GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zones 3-9 | 3-4 feet tall | Flowers late spring thru summer Prefers well-drained, moist soil | Full sun to partial shade HARVESTING Harvest the roots in spring or fall. Harvest the leaves at any time. (They are also good to use…

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!…

Slippery Elm

Botanical Name: Ulmus Fulva (a.k.a. Ulmus Rubra) | Family: Ulmaceae Common name(s): Slippery Elm, Red Elm, India Elm, American Elm, Moose Elm GROWING Deciduous; tree | Zones 3-97 | 60-ish feet tall | Flowers March – May, seeds May – June, male and female on same plant, wind-pollinated Prefers well-drained, moist soil | Semi-shade to full sun HARVESTING The…

Mullein

Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus | Family: Scrophulariaceae Common name(s): Mullein GROWING Biennial; herbaceous | Zones 3-9 | 5 – 6 feet | The first year the plant forms a velvety rosette, the second year it sends up a tall stalk of yellow flowers (then sets seed, withers, and dies. Flowers appear in mid-to late summer over…

Coltsfoot

Botanical Name: Tussilago farfara | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Horsehoof, Coughwort GROWING Perennial herb | Zones 3-7 | up to 20 inches | Long-stalked, hoof-shaped leaves appear after a large, daisy-like yellow flower has withered. The underside of the leaves and stems are covered in a cotton-like down. Moist, neutral to alkaline soil | Full sun to partial…

Pleurisy Root

Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa | Family: Asclepiadaceae Common name(s): Pleurisy Root, Butterfly Weed, Swallow Wort, Wind Root, Tuber Root GROWING Perennial herb | Zones 3-9 | 2 – 3 feet | Numerous, bright orange-yellow color in June and August, followed by pods Dry, gravelly / sandy soil | Sun Propagate from seeds. Can take a few years…

Ephedra

Botanical Name: Ephedra sinica, et al. | Family: Ephedraceae Common name(s): Ma Huang (Chinese species), Desert Tea, Joint Fir GROWING Perennial herb | Zones 4-9 | 2 feet | Produces male and female flower-like cones (each plant is either male or female) on stems Well-drained lighter to loamy soil | Full sun. Found in the dryer regions of…

Elecampane

Botanical Name: Inula helenium | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Scabwort, Elf dock, Horseheal GROWING Perennial | Zones 4 – 9 | 4 – 5 feet | Large golden yellow flowers in July – August Full sun to partial shade | Damp soil Sow from seed or propagation, in autumn, from a root with an bud/eye for each…

Cayenne

Botanical Name: Capsicum Annuum | Family: Solanaceae Common name(s): Cayenne GROWING Annual; herbaceous | 24 inches | White, star-shaped flowers early to midsummer followed by green fruit that turns red at maturity. Full sun. Prefers dryish soil. Sow seeds indoors in a bright, sunny location, they prefer warmth for germinating, which will happen in about a week. Transplant outside…