• Left column from top to bottom: R. damascena, R. rugosa, R. multiflora Middle column from top to bottom: R. damascena, R. canina Right column from top to bottom: R. damascena, R. virginiana, R. virginiana

    Plant Profile: Rose

    Several different species can be used, like R. damascena, R. canina, R. rugosa, R. virginiana, R. multiflora, R. gallica, R. centifolia, R. palustris, R. spinosissima, and a few others. It’s important to note that not all garden variety roses can be used, so be sure to verify your rose species before adding them to your herbal collection.

  • Plant Profile: Usnea

    Usnea's nickname, "lungs of the forest," comes from its sponge-like action to absorb airborne particulates. However, this means that it's susceptible to over-pollution. In fact, it's believed that when lichens like Usnea disappear, it's a warning that the air quality in the area is harmful. 

  • althaea officinalis marshmallow plant with green leaves and small purplish-white flowers

    Plant Profile: Marshmallow

    Native to Europe, it has also been naturalized in the Americas. As per its name, it grows in marshy habitats, the edges of wetlands, and disturbed areas. It is a perennial that grows 2-4 feet high and has several wooly stems. The leaves are usually 1-3 inches long and serrate; the flowers are purple in color and 1-2 inches in diameter.

  • goldenseal flower and leaves

    Plant Profile: Goldenseal

    Hydrastis candensis of the Ranunclulaceae family. Otherwise known as goldenseal, eyebalm, eyeroot, and yellow puccoon is happiest in rich, open, and hilly woods. It is native to southeastern Canada and the eastern United States.

  • dandelion bloom and leaves in herb garden bed

    Plant Profile: Dandelion

    Florida School of Holistic Living’s Plant of the Month for May 2022 when i was a little girl my mama said to me,what’s your favorite flower, darling? i’ll get you a seed.i said, dandelion! dandelion! that one’s so pretty!she said, child, that one’s not a flower; that one’s just a weed.i still loved those mellow yellow petals anyway.what that thing they say about a rose by any other name?then my fragile flower turned into a ball of gray,so i took a breath and made a wish and blew them all away. Gabbie Hanna, Dandelion

  • photo of Tradescantia ohiensis common name spiderwort

    Plant Profile: Spiderwort – April 2022

    Perennial native to the Americas and to Florida. It is easy to cultivate and takes root readily from cuttings. Often grown as ground cover in warmer climates, it can be found on roadsides, in Florida lawns, and prefers full sun to part shade.

  • passionflower bud and vine

    Passionflower – Plant of the Month, March 2022

    This perennial herbaceous climbing vine is native to Central Florida and the southeast United States—found growing mostly from Texas to Florida. It grows easily by cutting and is happy in sandy Florida soil, sunshine, and rain.

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