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Licorice

Name: *Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Description: *deciduous perennial *grows up to 5 feet tall *best in zones 7-11 Parts used: *rhizomes/taproot, either fresh or dried Position: *Prefers rich, deep sandy loam *Needs full sun Propagation: *You can plant rhizome segments in the spring *You can also grow the plant by seed, though this is more difficult….

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Marsh Mallow

Name: *Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis) Description: *Perennial *Height of 3 to 4 feet *Pale pink flowers bloom up the stalk from mid to late summer *highly attractive to butterflies Parts Used: *roots, leaves, flowers, either fresh or dried Position: *well-drained, moist soil, preferably loamy soil *sun to partial sun Propagation: *Use the cold stratification technique…

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Peppermint

Name: *Peppermint (Mentha spicata piperita) Description: *Perennial *zones 5-9 are best *strew the leaves in cupboards and beds to deter ants and fleas Parts Used: *Leaves, both fresh and dried Position: *Moist, rich soil *Partial to full sun Propagation: *Easily propagate mint from cuttings or by dividing clumps. *It is best not to propagate by…

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Rosemary

Name: *Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Description: *evergreen perennial *best in zones 8-11 *many varieties that vary from bushes to hedges, etc. Parts Used: *Leaves, both fresh and dried *Flowering tops, both fresh and dried Position: *full sunlight *excellent drainage, though tolerant of any type of soil *In colder areas, grow plants in pots outdoors and take…

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Calendula

Name: *Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula is part of this beautiful wildflower seed mix. Description: *an annual plant *looks good in ground or in containers, though not a big fan of hanging baskets Parts Used: *Petals Position: *Full to part sun *fertile, well-drained soil Propagation: *grow from seed *In the fall, you can begin the seeds…

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Catnip

Name: *Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Description: *short-lived perennial *best for zones 4-8 *makes a great garden edging plant *you can easily make cat toys with catnip and some fabric Parts Used: *leaves and flowers Position: *well-drained soil *full sun to light shade Propagation: *grow catnip from seed *it is best started in seed trays, it germinates…

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Chervil

Name: *Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) Description: *culinary herb with a flavor between tarragon and parsley *best added to meals just before serving *annual plant Parts Used: *leaves and stems Position: *good drainage, moist and compost-enriched soil *light shade (full sun burns the leaves) Propagation: *scatter seed over soil, water regularly. *plants are ready for harvesting about…

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Fennel

Name: *Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Description: *There are both annual and perennial types *Can reach 5 feet tall *Aniseed-type taste Parts Used: *Leaves, flowers, seeds, stems, roots (all parts edible) Position: *light, well-drained, slightly alkaline soil *sunny position *tolerates cold *avoid clay soil Propagation: *All varieties work best if sown directly in the soil in the…

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Gotu kola

Name: *Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) Description: *tropical perennial plant *grows similar to strawberries *best in zone 8 or higher *happy in containers, very pretty in hanging baskets Parts Used: *whole plant, esp. leaves, fresh or dried Position: *natural habitat: damp places *also eaily grown in a large pot or a garden with well-drained sandy soil…