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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Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans, syn. Myristica off.) Other common names: Mace (outer husk of the seed, has similar medicinal properties to the kernel, or nutmeg), myristica, muskatbaum, nux moschata, Myristica aromata. The following […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Elecampane (Inula helenium) Other common names: Horse heal, yellow starwort, wild sunflower, elf dock, velvet dock, scabwort, marchalan (Welsh), aster helenium, echter alant or alantwurzel (German), horse elder The following information […]

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Other common names: Catmint, field balm, cat’s wort, catnep The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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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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Kava (Piper methysticum)

Kava (Piper methysticum) Other common names: Kava-kava, yongona, wurzelstock, kawa, long pepper, ava pepper, ava root, gi, gea, rauschpfeffer, sakau, tonga, waka, yaqona, yaquon, awa, maluk, malohu, intoxicating pepper. The following information may not […]

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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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Coffee (Coffea arabica)

Coffee (Coffea arabica) Other names: Java, caffea (There is another plant  that can be sold commercially as coffee, which is Coffea canephora – because of its high caffeine level it […]

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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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Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Dill (Anethum graveolens) Other common names: Fructus anethi, Lao coriander, dill weed, kapor (Hungary), marar (Romania) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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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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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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Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce) Other common names: Smallage, celery seed, selleriefruchte, garden celery The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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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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Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) Other common names: Garden beet, table beet, mangel wurzel, spinach beet The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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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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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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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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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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Castor bean (Ricinus communis)

Castor bean (Ricinus communis) Other common names: Castor oil plant, castor oil bush, palma christi The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis)

Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis) Other common name: Bishopswort 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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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Other common name: Rosemarine, garden rosemary The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via […]

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Arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica (Arnica montana) Other common names: Mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane 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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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, or Chrysanthemum parthenium)

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium , or Chrysanthemum parthenium) Other common names: bachelor’s buttons, Pyrethrum parthenium, featherfew, flirtwort, wild chamomile, Santa Maria The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published […]

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Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa)

Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) Other common names: Lettuce opium, bitter lettuce, Laitue vireuse, opium lettuce, poisonous lettuce, or Rakutu-Karyumu-So. *Use extreme caution when wild crafting this herb, as it looks nearly identical to several […]

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Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Other common names: Cocoanut, coconut palm. Family:  Arecaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via […]

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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Other common names: Mackerel mint, Mentha viridis, sage of Bethlehem, frauen munze, lamb mint. Family:  Lamiaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis). Note: This information also applies to the commonly grown L. stoechas, L. dentata, and L. multifida, although L. augustifolia tends to be the most […]

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Wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum, syn. Dipsacus sylvestris)

Wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum, syn. Dipsacus sylvestris) Other common names: Fuller’s teasel (wild species, as opposed to the cultivated species, which may also be called Fuller’s teasel…both varieties may also be referred […]

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Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica, or Archangelica officinalis)

Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica, or Archangelica officinalis) Other common names: Wild celery, Norwegian angelica, holy ghost, archangel, angelique. *Be aware that there are multiple species of angelica, some used medicinally […]

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