Some years back , we had a large(16 acre) herb garden ,with many Natives and Medicinals. Here on the new place , our focus has been more on edibles – veggies and culinary herbs..
This year, we intend to begin to renew our love of the medicinal herbs . I have been gradually collecting starts and seeds and working on preparing beds for them . The early part of September the signs are right , so we will start prepping seeds and our rooted cuttings to go out- Happy Dance!
Please do check back on this post as I will be adding to it as the seeds germinate and all!
Please remember that these are medicinal and almost all can be very dangerous or even deadly if used improperly! This site is intended for information and pleasure only- please research thoroughly, consult reliable sources and use caution.
I have a completely separate area where I process any medicinal herbs. This is just common sense safety!
Here is a list of some the starts we have- and basic tips on growing them 🙂
Let’s start with ones for full sun or partial shade:
Likes partial shade best- and rich moist soil.
I usually soak the seeds in cool water , replacing daily for several weeks- frig if you have one- but be sure to keep isolated – highly poisonous!
Belladonna grows well from seed or root cuttings. Mulch it well and it will pop back up in the Spring. Seeds take 4-6 weeks to germinate
Belladonna’s medicinal properties are best after the third year. Be sure to us gloves when handling it for harvest-
Wiccan belief uses it in astral projection and healing, while the old yarb women use it for eye irritation. Women in Medieval times used the drops as a beauty aid to brighten their eyes. Planetary association is with Saturn
Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistuloa
We use this as a tea- love the orangey mint tang it gives when added to other blends.
Black Mandrake– mandragora autumnalis(White mandrake is var. vernalis)
A plant of Saturn , these are tender perennials here in our area- I usually plant them in a protected corner. It propagates best by root division. I loe their flowers – purple-ey with whitish stripes.
Borage – Borago officinalis
One of my favorite companion plants- it is a wonderful companion for strawberries., tomatoes and squash. They are usually tall, with striking blue blooms that are edible in salads and such.
Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis
Grows wild along creek banks here- it was endangered at one point , but has made a nice recovery- perhaps due to it’s popularity in native gardens lately. It likes rich soil and sun and enjoys closeness to water.
Elfwort – Inula helenium
Elfwort is one I haven’t grown before , so it and I are on a new adventure. It is supposed to smell like violets and camphor. and the flowers are supposedly a beautiful golden color. We’ll see 🙂
Purple Foxglove– Digitalis purpera
Deadly poison! it has been used in the past to treat cardiac arrhythmias, but is extremely poisonous. The flowers are beautiful- tall spikes of small glove like flowers ranged wn the stalk – definitely NOT a plant to have around toddlers.
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis
Often used in potpourri or in the old days as a strewing herb to fresh the floor reeds, hyssop has a sweet camphor like min smell. The flowers are edible.
Monkshood – Aconitum napellus
It’s blue flowers draw bumble bees. the plant is deadly poison- remember that all these plants are medicinals – grow and use them with an clear awareness of their dangers.
Stinging Nettle – Vrtica dioica
Ah, Mother Nettle!- source of iron and vitamins, one of the first greens of Spring, source of wonderful soup and healing. I love the green dye she makes.
Pennyroyal – Mentha pulegium
It can produce sweating, aid against seasickness, and is an insect repellant. It also causes liver damage in too high of a dosage , so use with caution.
Sweetgrass – Hierochole odorata
Very poor germinator for me… but grows well here once started. A native American standby- used for purification, woven baskets and rope making.
Woodland Tobacco – Nicotiana sylvestris
I use this is my moon gardens – the lovely white flowers have sweet scent -not a smoking tobacco in my book.
Wolfsbane – Aconitum vulparia
Needs rich, moist soil. Humble bumbles ove it , but again , it is poisonous.