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Materia Medica

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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Materia Medica: Loquat

Published on March 6, 2017 under Garden
Loquat Fruit Tree Eriobotrya japonica Also know as Chinese Plum, this cold hardy fruit tree is widely grown as a garden ornamental and commercial fruit and herbal medicine. Generous annual fruit production, plus many valuable…
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Materia Medica: Arrowroot

Published on February 7, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Arrowroot
Maranta arundinaceae, commonly known as Arrowroot, is a beautiful herbal ally to grow here in sunny Central Florida. It loves our tropical weather and thrives in humid environments. The rhizomes of this plant have been…
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Materia Medica: Elder

Published on January 7, 2017 under Garden
Materia Medica: Elder
Plants that bring forth pollinators, grow in abundance, and provide food and medicine, are our favorite additions to a garden. One in particular comes to mind and that is Sambucus nigra, commonly known as Elderberry.…
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