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February Plant of the Month: Spearmint

Published on January 1, 2019 under Garden
February Plant of the Month: Spearmint
Latin name: Mentha spicata (aka M. viridis or M. sativa) Common name: Spearmint, gardenmint Usage: There are hundreds of varieties of cultivars within the mint family, many of which are used for their pleasant taste…
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December Plant of the Month: Hibiscus

Published on December 1, 2018 under Garden
December Plant of the Month: Hibiscus
Latin name: Hibiscus sabdariffa, H. acetosella, Malvaceae Common names: H. sabdariffa: Hibiscus, Jamaica, Roselle, Florida Cranberry, native to India and Malaysia H. acetosella: Cranberry Hibiscus, Red Maple Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow Hibiscus,…
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November Plant of the Month: Dagga

Published on November 1, 2018 under Garden
Latin name: Leonotis nepetifolia Common names: Dagga, Klip dagga, Lion's ear, Shandilay Growth: Erect, loosely branched annual that can get 8 ft tall. The stems are starkly square and leaves are smooth, with toothed margins,…
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October Plant of the Month: Scorpion Tail

Published on October 1, 2018 under Garden
October Plant of the Month: Scorpion Tail
Latin name: Heliotropium angiospermum, Boraginaceae Common names: Scorpion-Tail, Heliotrope Growth: About 2 feet in height, native to the Central East Coast of Florida, and South Florida, as well as the Caribbean and Central America. In…
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August Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha

Published on August 1, 2018 under Garden
August Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha
August's Plant of the Month: Ashwagandha Latin name: Withania somnifera, Solanaceae¬† Common names: Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng* Growth: About 2 feet in height, native to India. In Central Florida Ashwagandha is a nice herbaceous…
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July Plant of the Month: Yarrow

Published on July 1, 2018 under Garden
July Plant of the Month: Yarrow
Achillea millefolium Latin name: Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae Common names: Yarrow, Milfoil Growth: In Central Florida can be used as a ground cover, the bipinnate leaves grow low to the ground and appear almost fern like,…
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Materia Medica: Chaya

Published on July 6, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Chaya
I cringe when I hear the word "superfood" uttered in a mixed crowd. Between GOOP and Dr Oz, health and nutrition fads fill up my Facebook feed daily, and they fade into distant memory as…
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Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida

Published on June 23, 2017 under Garden
Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida
See notes and slides from Emily's presentation at this link. Herbalist Emily Ruff presented "Swamp Medicine: Healing Plants of Central Florida" at the 2017 International Herb Symposium, highlighting medicinal plants growing in the subtropical climate…
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Materia Medica: Spiral Ginger

Published on May 6, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Spiral Ginger
Insulin plant (Costus pictus) is the subject of numerous studies from the National Institute of Health for its effects on - you guessed it - hyperglycemia and diabetes. It has a history of use in…
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