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Black Walnut

Botanical Name: Juglans nigra | Family: Juglandaceae | Similar: Junglans cinerea Common name(s): Black Walnut (nigra), Eastern Black Walnut, Butternut (cinerea) GROWING (profiling black walnut, not butternut) Deciduous tree | Zones 4-9 | 50 – 100+’ tall, when in the open it will grow wider with its branches closer to…

Lavender

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia, L. officianalus, and other varieties | Family: Lamiaceae Common name(s): Lavender, English Lavender, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Alhucema (Spanish) GROWING Perennial; woody subshrub | Zones 5-9, depending on the species | 24″ tall, varies per species, grows in mounds | Soft, fragrant leaves | Flowers can…

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…

Sassafras

Botanical Name: Sassafras Officianale / Sassafras Albidum / Sassafrass Varifolium | Family: Lauraceae Common name(s): Sassafras, Saxifras, Tea Tree, Mitten Tree, Cinnamonwood GROWING Tree, deciduous | zones 4-9 | full sun to light shade | 20 – 50′ Neutral to acidic soil HARVESTING Parts used: Root bark, root and leaves Harvest…

Dandelion

Botanical Name: Taraxacum Officianale | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Dandelion GROWING Perennial, herbaceous, broad-leaf | zones 3-9 | full sun to part shade | 8 – 24″ Found everywhere, lawns, gardens, roadsides, etc. Does best in fertile soil. HARVESTING Parts used: Roots, leaves, flowers Harvest leaves anytime, but spring leaves are…