Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) Other common names: Sourweed, sour grass, field sorrel, red sorrel. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Other common name(s): Thoroughwort, feverwort, crosswort, sweat-plant, agueweed *Not to be confused with Eupatorium purpureum, AKA purple-flowered boneset, or gravel root. The following information may not […]

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Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia)

Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia, syn. Ribes uva-crispa) Other common names: Carberry, groseille, krusbaar, deberries, feabes, feverberry, feaberry, goosegogs, honeyblobs, garden gooseberry. *Note: Not to be confused with Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) The following […]

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Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Other common name: Garden asparagus *Note: May be confused with unrelated plant species that are also referred to as “asparagus,” such as Ornithogalum pyrenaicum (AKA Prussian asparagus). Purple […]

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Chrysanthemum spp.

Chrysanthemum spp.  Other common names: Mums, chrysanths, golden flower, Yao Jiu Ha, Ye Ju Hua, florist’s chrysanthemum, garden mums. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron)

Poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron, syn. Toxicodendron radicans) ~ Warning: Toxic – this profile is for botanical interest only. This plant is not recommended for self-administered medicinal or culinary use. ~ The following information may […]

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Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula)

Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula) Other common names: Jamaican dogwood, fishfudle, fish poison bark, chijol, jabin, West Indian Dogwood. *NOT to be confused with other species of dogwood, some of which […]

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Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia sacra) Other common names: Olibanum, Ru Xiang, salai guggal, Indian frankincense, Arabic frankincense.  The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis)

Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) Other common names: Pestilenzkraut, Galega patula, Galega bicolor, Galegae officinalis, geissrautenkraut, Italian fitch, French lilac *Not to be confused with regular rue (Ruta graveolens). The following information may […]

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Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Other common names: Euphrasia herb, augentrostkraut, oculara, euphrasy *Note: There are several medicinal species in the euphrasia genus, many of which have hybridized with each other over time. […]

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St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Other common names: Demon chaser, klamath weed, amber, chase-devil, goatweed, rosin rose, tipton’s weed The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission […]

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Dead nettles (Lamium spp.)

Dead nettles (Lamium spp.) Other common names: Archangel, henbit, blind nettle, bee nettle, deaf nettle *Note: This entry covers the three most widely used dead nettle species – white (Lamium album), […]

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Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) Other common names: Common jasmine *There are several other species of jasmine, some of which used for similar purposes, particularly in aromatherapy. The following information may not be […]

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Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) Other common names: Common fireweed, great willow herb, rose bay willow herb, wicopy, blooming Sally, wild asparagus, purple rocket, perennial fireweed *Note that there are several unrelated species with the common […]

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) Other common names: Tall nasturtium, wasserkresse *Not to be confused with Tropaeolum majus, aka Indian cress, or “garden nasturtium.” The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) Other common names: Evening primrose oil, sundrop, fever plant, common evening primrose, scabish, night candle, night willow, wild beet The following information may not be re-posted, copied […]

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Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) Other common names: Calamintha hortensis (syn.), bean herb The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris)

True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) Other common names: Venus hair, Southern maidenhair, five- finger fern, black maidenhair fern, rock fern. *Not to be confused with the maidenhair tree, or common maidenhair (Asplenium […]

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) Other common names: Succory, blue daisy, blue weed, hendibeh The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum)

Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum) Other common names: Pyrethrum officinarum (syn.), Pyrethri radix (syn.), Anthemis pyrethrum (syn.), Matricaria pyrethrum (syn.), pellitory of Spain, Spanish chamomile, Akkal-Kara/Akarkara. *Not to be confused with Pellitory-of-the-wall, […]

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Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)  Other common names: syn. C. stolonifera, Swida sericea, red willow, red stem dogwood, Western dogwood, American dogwood, creek dogwood, box tree. The following information may not be re-posted, copied […]

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Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Other common names: Armenian plum, abricot, Armeniaca vulgaris (syn.), damasco The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me […]

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Uva-ursi (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi)

Uva-ursi (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) syn. Arbutus Uva-Ursi Other common names: Bearberry, arberry, bear grape, kinnikinnik, hogberry, mountain cranberry, rockberry, sandberry, mountain box, manzanita The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission […]

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Peony (Paeonia officinalis)

Peony (Paeonia officinalis) syn. Paeonia Corallina Other common names: Paeony, peony root, common peony, farmers peony, chi shao, moutan, udsalam *In herbal journals, there are references to a “male peony” and “female peony”…these are […]

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Sweet almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus)

Sweet almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus) Other names: Amygdalus communis, Amygdalus dulcis, Prunus dulcis var. dulcis *Note: This plant is different from its relative, bitter almond (var. amara), mostly in that it has no […]

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Yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea)

Yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea) Other names: Great yellow gentian, gall weed, bitterwort, bitter root, pale gentian, felwort *Note that there are many other species of gentian that are also used medicinally. […]

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Tulsi basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Tulsi basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Other names: Ocimum sanctum, holy basil, tulasī The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Other common names: Licorice mint, blue giant hyssop, Agastache anisata, Stachys foeniculum (not closely related to regular hyssop, although they are in the same family) The following […]

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Star anise (Illicium verum)

Star anise (Illicium verum) Other common names: Chinese anise, Chinese star anise, eight-horned anise, eight horns, badiana. *Not to be confused with “anise” or “Japanese anise” (Illicium anisatum), the latter of which […]

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Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Other common names: Aniseed, Anisum vulgare, Anisum officinalis *NOT to be confused with the similar but unrelated herb called star anise. The following information may not be […]

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Other common names: English marigold, Scottish marigold, ruddes, pot marigold, oculus christi, solis sponsa, bride of the sun, ringelblume, butterwort, kings cup *Not to be confused with […]

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Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax (Linum usitatissimum) Other common names: Linseed, common flaxseed, flax meal, brown flaxseed The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) Other common names: Chasteberry, chaste tree, monk’s pepper, Abraham’s balm, hemp tree, agnocasto The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Other common names: Common nettle The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Papaya (Carica papaya)

Papaya (Carica papaya) Other common names: Papaw, pawpaw, Papaya vulgaris, mamaeire, melon tree The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Other names: M. balsamea, brandy mint The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Violet, Sweet (Viola odorata)

Violet, Sweet (Viola odorata) Other common names: Garden violet, common violet, wood violet, English violet The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) Other common names: Cultivars include white cabbage (capitata var. alba), red cabbage (capitata f. rubra) and Savoy cabbage (capitata var.sabauda) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Pine (Pinus spp.)

Pine (Pinus spp.) Other common names: Balsam fir, white pine, Pinus sylvestrus, and others (various species). The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Apple (Malus communis)

Apple (Malus communis) Other names: Malus domestica, Malus pumila, Pyrus malus The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Birch, Common (Betula alba)

Birch, Common (Betula alba) Other common names: Monoecia triandria, white birch, Betula pendula alba, B. pubescens, B. verrucosa The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Lemon (Citrus limonum)

Lemon (Citrus limonum) Other common names: Citrus medica, limone, Citrus limon Family: Rutaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Other common names: Common yarrow, soldier’s woundwort, staunch weed, yarroway, devil’s plaything, herbe militaris, old man’s pepper, nose bleed plant, sanguinary, thousand-leaf, garawa The following information may […]

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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Other common names: Licorice root, liquorice, sweet root, Liquiritia officinalis, lycorys, lacrisse The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Other common names: Corona solis, marigold of Peru, Chrysanthemum perunianum The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Other common names: Snake grass, bottle-brush, shave grass, field horsetail, puzzle grass, pewter wort The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Blueberry/Bilberry (Vaccinium spp.)

Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) Other common names: Vaccinium corymbosum (North America’s most common blueberry variety), Vaccinium myrtillus (known in Europe as bilberry) and other species under the same common names, whortleberry, high bush […]

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Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) Other common names: Old field juniper, mountain juniper, prostrate juniper, dwarf juniper, gemeiner wachholder (German), hackmatack The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) Other common names: American skunk cabbage, swamp lantern, yellow skunk cabbage The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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