Herb news, varieties, and discriptions
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7026 S. West Rd.
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Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum-
Attractive butterfly plant; produces abundant nectar which yields a light fragrant honey. Strongly anise-scented: delightful for tea or as culinary seasoning.
Artemisia, Silver King -
Arugula Slow Bolt -
Also known as "Rocket" these arrow shaped leaves add a wonderful flavor to salads and greens.
Bachelor Buttons Centaurea cyanus-
Ornamental, Hardy Perrenial, bright blue flowers, among the first to appear in spring.
Basil, Ararat Ocimum basilicum "Ararat"-
New! Lovely bicolor basil.
Unique appearance with mottled green and purple leaves. Mild, classic basil flavor. This versatile basil can be used as a garnish, a filler in fresh bouquets, or a dramatic focal point in ornamental gardens.
Basil, Bush Minette Ocimum basilicum Minette-
Pretty Enough to Edge the Garden, this Mini Basil is Also Delicious!
Basil, Cinnamon Ocimum basilicum-
Sweet cinnamon scent, popular in tea and potpourri, violet stems, lavender flowers.
Basil, Genovese Ocimum basilicum-
Popular semi savoyed, uniform and slow to bolt. A great favorite of chefs!
Basil, Holy red & green Ocimum basilicum-
Good ornamental and tea plant. Eye-catching red/green leaf contrast. Nice for borders and edging.
Basil, Italian Large Leaf Ocimum basilicum-
A sweeter pesto type, scent and taste are sweeter than Genovese, a little less clove-like.
Basil, Lemon Ocimum basilicum-
Strong lemon scent. Excellent for vinegars and use in fish and chicken dishes.
Basil, Lime Ocimum basilicum-
Distinct aroma of lime adds a unique citrus flavor.
Basil, Magical Michael Ocimum basilicum Magical Michael-
AAS winner, Long-lasting Creamy Blooms and Fragrant Foliage!
Basil, Mammoth Ocimum basilicum-
Produces an abundance of gigantic, thick, slightly crinkled glossy green leaves.
Basil, Minette Ocimum basilicum-
Perfect spherical miniature basil. Small leaved plants mature as bautiful compact spheres of absolute uniformity without pinching or pruning.
Basil, Mrs. Burns' Lemon Ocimum basilicum-
Most lemony of all basils, this heirloom variety has larger and very bright green leaves, intensly flavored and slower to bolt than other lemon basils.
Basil, Nufar Ocimum basilicum-
Genovese type, highly disease resistant, good flavor and form
Basil, Osmin Purple Ocimum basilicum-
Darkest purple leaves and stems. Glossy slightly ruffled purple leaves on a sturdy medium-sized plant.
Basil, Purple Ruffles Ocimum basilicum-
By request! Darkest purple leaves and stems, sweet scent.
Basil, Red Rubin Ocimum basilicum-
Purple version of Italian Large Leaf, with a similar sweet scent. Large flat leaves stand out, outstanding for color and culinary qualities.
Basil, Serata Ocimum basilicum-
New! Ruffled leaves with good basil flavor.
Great as a bouquet filler, in containers or as a flavorful plate garnish. Try pairing it with Purple Ruffles for great contrast!
Basil, Spicy globe Ocimum basilicum-
Slightly hot, spicy sweet basil, also known as Greek basil. Interplant with flowers, or grow in pots. Mush slower to bolt than some varieties.
Basil, Sweet Thai Ocimum basilicum-
Authentic Thai basil flavor.
Try it as a flavorful garnish for sweet dishes. Green, 2" long leaves have a spicy anise-clove flavor. Attractive purple stems and blooms. Called Horapha in its native country.
Basil, Thai Magic Ocimum basilicum-
Most robust Thai basil. Milder and sweeter the the others, bight, shiny green leaves are thick and succulent, up to 3" long, try steaming them for a delicious side dish. Striking ornamental.
Basil, Thai, Siam Queen Ocimum basilicum-
AAS winner, medium green leaves up to 2" long, intense aroma, later flowering.
Basil, True Red Osmin Ocimum basilicum-
Nearly 100% uniformity for deep burgundy red foliage. Pink flowers, classic basil flavor, mid-size leaf.
Basil, Valentino Ocimum basilicum-
This top tasting basil is a wonderfully fragrant, large leaved variety. Use fresh or dried.
Bee Balm, Lemon Monarda citriodora-
Great flavor for tea, you will want to add this scented monarda! Hummingbirds love this native. It prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. Once established, it should reseed itself.
Bergamot, wild Monarda fistulosa-
Lavender flowers; strong fragrance. Used for tea and for flavouring meat
Borage Borago officinalis-
Large plant with soft leaves bears tiny blue and pink flowers for garnishes and salads from late spring into fall.
Borage, White Borago officinalis-
Striking white blooms, with star shaped purple center, taste of cucumber.
Large plants bear hundreds of small, edible flowers. Mild cucumber flavor for salads and garnishes. Long harvest period.
Calendula, "Pacific Beauty" Calendula officinalis-
Edible flowers and bright color make this a popular choice in the herb or any other garden. Orange and yellow blossoms with dark centers.
Calendula, Triangle Flashback Calendula officinalis-
This new pot marigold will give lots of pizzaz in your garden with unique colorful blossoms, plentiful all season!
Cardoon Thornless White Cynara cardunculus-
Immense plants sport deeply notched foliage of silvery gray. This Italian variety offers spineless stems ahat are superb for eating.
Cardoon, Giant Cynara cardunculus Gigante-
Huge toothed silver gray leaves create an unusual looking plant!
Catmint Nepata mussinii-
Purplish-blue tubular flowers, excellent for edgings. Thrives in hot, dry conditions.
Catmint, Lemon Scented Nepeta cataria ssp. Citriodora-
White flowers, lemon scented leaves for tea. Great for borders, will tolerate hot dry conditions once established.
Chamomile, "Bona" Matricaria recutita-
Latin name means “capable of anything”, sturdy, spreading, lacy plant, makes a relaxing tea with a scent of apple and pineapple. Small daisy-like flowers in July and August.
Chamomille, Lutea Matricaria recutita-
New! Largest Blossoms. Extra wonderful fragrance, super tea!
Cherokee Purple Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum-
Great flavor, medium-large, flattened globe fruits as having "distinctly different color, dusky pink with darker pink/purple shoulders".
Chervil, Curled Anthriscus cerefolium-
Salad Chervil, leaves used in soups, salads and vinegars.
Chives, Fine Leaf Allium schoenoprasum-
Fine for fresh use, delicate fancy leaf, don't forget to use the blossoms!
Chives, Garlic Allium tuberosum-
Thin flat leaves with delicate garlic flavor. Attractive white flowers in mid summer.
Cilantro, Vietnamese Polygonum odoratum-
(Rau ram) This remarkable herb tastes much like cilantro, and can be grown indoors in a pot, and does not go to seed!
Cilantro,Pot Coriandrum sativum '99057'-
So many have asked to grow Cilantro in a pot, this new variety promises to do just that! First true cilantro developed for potted plant production.
Cilantro/Coriander Coriandrum sativum-
Spicy, indispensable ingredient in salsa and regional cooking. Cut often to insure growth, use seeds (coriander) after bolting.
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea-
True Clary Sage. Large, heart-shaped leaves form 10-12" rosettes the first year, tall flower spikes in pastel pink, lavender or blue second year.
Cramer's Yardstick Artemisia annua-
This SweetAnnie gets to market before the competition.
Cumin Uminum cyminum-
Feathery plant grown for its seed, invaluable in Indian, Mid Eastern, and Mexican Cooking.
Curry Helichrysum angus-
Beautiful gray plant, has sweet pleasant smell of curry.
Cutting celery Apium graveolens-
Easy-to-grow celery leaves with strong flavor. Customer favorite 2001, great for soups and salads!
Dill Anethm graveolens-
Easy to grow, dill provides both seeds and greens to flavor vinegars, pickling, and many different foods.
Elcampane Inula helenium-
Lovely Green leaves with golden flowers,make a lovely backdrop in gardens. Dried root preparations reportedly quiet coughing, stimulate digestion, and tone the stomach. Latin name come from Helen of Troy, from whose tears it is said to have sprung.
Epazote Chenopodium ambrosioides-
Widely used in Mexican chili sauces and bean dishes, also known as Mexican tea.
Estafiate Artemisia ludoviciana-
Accents Southwestern cuisine, its pleasantly sharp flavor contrasts well with sweet or fruity sauces. Use in moderation in cooking, or garnish to add flair to southwestern dishes. Popular ornamental and border plant, and also excellent for dried wreaths
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis-
Tall, broad bushy with delicate light yellow flowers. Edible taproot and young leaves.
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare-
Feathery leaves which have a sweet anise flavor. Use to flavor salads, fish, sauces, and vinegars. An interesting accent or border plant.
French Tarragon Artemisia dacunculus sativa-
Piece do resistance of all culinary herbs, dark green shiny leaves possess distinctive flavor.
Gomprhena, "Strawberry Fields" Gomphrena haageana-
First and best true red Gomphrena.
Brilliant flowers, 1 1/2" across, atop strong stems. Holds color exceptionally well when dried.
Granny Smith Tomato Vegetable-
The first hybrid fully green when ripespecifically bred to make unbeatable salsa.
Hyacinth Bean Dolichos lablab-
An Edible Ornamental! Lilac Blooms, Red Stems, and Delicious Ruby-Purple Beans! Tasty eaten whole in dips or salads. Both the young pods and the small, white, lima-like beans, which develop later, are prized in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis-
Biblical mint family plant with bright blue-violet flowers. Tea has soothing quality.
Joe Pye weed Eupatorium purpureum-
Graceful tall plant with pale pink-purple flowers, foliage releases a vanilla scent when crushed. Grows well in moist areas.
Lavender, Fern Leaf -
Lacey leaved lavender , fast growing with a profusion of blooms. Great in pots, not hardy.
Lavandula ,Hidcote Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote-
Lavender angustifolia is one of the richest in essential oils, meaning more fragrance power both fresh and dried. And this 'Hidcote Blue' cultivar has a more erect, compact habit and darker flowers, so its perfect for hedges.
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis-
Winter hardy, lemon scent adds zing to salads, and makes a calming tea.
Lemon Grass Cymbogon flexuosus-
Tropical lemon scented grass, used to glavor fish, soups curries and sauces.
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla-
Strong lemon scented foliage, at its best in early evening.
Licorice, Chinese Glycyrrhiza uralensis-
Pretty little plant, important in traditional chinese medicine.
Lovage Levisticum officinale
Leaves possess excellent flavouring qualities for soups, stews and casseroles. Flavour is reminiscent of celery, and of the famous yeast extract, Maggi. Can replace meat and bone stock in soups.
Malabar Spinach Basella alba Red Stem-
Heat-loving and vigorous, these attractive plants reach 6 feet or more if trained on a bean tower or trellis. Many people grow Red Stem for purely ornamental purposes, but there's a lot of good eating on this productive plant!
Marjoram, "Max" Origanum majorana-
New in 2000, High yielding and very uniform variety. High in essential oil second cutting continues high yield.
Marjoram, Sweet Origanum majorana-
Beautifully sweet, balsam-like aroma.
Marshmallow, "Erfurter" Althaea officinalis-
Tall ornamental plant with velvety leaves, pink flowers with purple-red anthers. Comforting tea.
Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida-
Aromatic leaves are a substitute for French Tarragon. Sweet licorice flavor brightens salads and main dishes. Pretty golden yellow flowers in flat topped clustes throughout the summer. Also known as Sweet Mace or Texas Tarragon. Hardy!
Mint, Apple Mentha suaveolens-
Soft gray-green round leaves have an apple-menthol fragrance. Delightful for tea. Grows well in Shade.
Mint, Banana Mentha arvensis 'Banana'-
This mint from France really smells of bananas! Squeeze the leaves and the remarkable scent bursts forth. The unexpected fruitiness inspires a creative gastronomic tangent. Dazzle friends and family with banana mint tea, muffins, and more!
Mint, Chocolate Mentha x piperita piperita-
Striking peppermint-patty scent, a real treat!
Mint, Corsican Mentha requienii-
Low carpet-forming mint with tiny leaves. Strongly scented like pennyroyal.
Mint, Ginger Mentha arvensis 'Varieagata'-
Gold-flecked leaves have a fruity fragrance and flavor with a hint of ginger.
Mint, Grapefruit Mentha sp.-
This beguiling mint has a spearmint flavour with a strong grapefruit overtone. Aggressive grower, great in pots.
Mint, Kentucky Colonel -
Mint, Lavender -
Mint, Lemon Monarda citrata-
Lemon scented mint is actually in the Monarda family, boasts a showy plumage of lavender flowers all summer.
Mint, Lime Mentha piperita citrata-
Clean fresh citrus aroma added to popular mint flavor adds punch to teas, fruit salads, chicken and baked goods.
Mint, Mountain Pycnanthemum pilosum-
Less invasive than true mint varieties. Needs staking in windy locations. Used in potpourri, incense, and as an ingredient in natural insect repellent formulas.
Mint, Orange Balsam Mentha aquatica 'Citrata'-
Treasured for its very special fragrance, its hint of citrus is tantalizing in fruit puches, teas, and grilled chicken and vegetable dishes.
Mint, Silver Mentha longifolia-
Attractive soft grey-green leaves with a refreshing spearmint odour.
Mint, Spearmint savoy Mentha spicata 'Crispa'-
Clean, crisp mint with curly leaves.
Mint, Varigated Pineapple Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'-
Sweet fruity scent with white and green leaves that vary with the season.
Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca-
Large palmate leaves with rough texture. Tiny pink flowers on leafy spires make this plant magnificent in full flower.
Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris-
Dream pillow ingredient. Grows to a big bush the first year, flowers late summer.
Nasturtium, Strawberries and Cream Tropoeolum majus-
A stunning collection of colors- a generous portion of rich peachy cream with four large strawberry blotches at the base of each petal.
Nasturtium, Whirlybird Mahogany Tropoeolum majus-
Deep colored blossoms with the popular whirlybird style. Great pot or raised bed plant!
Nicotiana- Avalon Bright Pink Nicotiana x sanderae Avalon Bright Pink-
This 2001 AAS winner is the Nicotiana gardeners have dreamed about! The big, bright pink blooms begin appearing all over these bushy, well-branched plants just 90 days from sowing, and they continue all summer long!
Oregano, Greek Origanum vulgare hirtum-
True Greek oregano dark green leaves with white flowers.
Oregano, Italian Origanum vulgare sp.-
Oregano favored by Italian Chefs, Proclaimed as "the Real deal", clean, fresh, aroamtic with great flavor!
Parsley, Forest Green Petroselinum crispum crispum-
Special combination double and triple curled market variety. Good flavor and productivity.
Parsley, Italian flat leaf Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum-
Zesty Italian taste, great for cooking or drying.
Patchouli Pogostemon patchouli-
One of the definitive perfumes of the Orient and of India in particular. Widely used in perfumes and soaps, and even to perfume India ink. Leaves are excellent in potpourris and sachets. Easy to grow.
Rosemary, ARP Rosmarinus officinalis 'ARP'-
Fine upright habit, hardier than some strains, same great flavor!
Rosemary, creeping Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus-
Fine trailing habit, floriferous variety with light blue flowers. Good producer makes lovely border, or hanging basket.
Rosemary, Gorizza -
Favorite of chefs, this large leafed rosemary is valued for its thick stems sometimes used as skewers. A fast-growing non-hardy variety.
Safflower (Zanzibar) Carthamus tinctorius-
New! Bright orange-red blooms for arrangements.Petals are edible and are sometimes used as a substitute for saffron.Flowers are easily air-dried for dried arrangements. Also known as Zanzibar.
Sage, Extrakta Salvia officinalis-
Handsome dusty green leaves, commonly used in dressings, poultry, sausage, nice base for floral or herbal wreaths. Showy in early summer, blanketed with tiny lavender flowers.
Sage, Pineapple Salvia elegans-
Fabulous pineapple scent, with brilliant showy red flowers, Use for drinks, chicken, cheese and in jams and jellies.
Sage, Tri-color Salvia officinalis triatrus-
Beautiful sage plant accented with splashes of purple, white and dark green; excellent color splashes for herb and traditional gardens.
Sage, White Salvia aplana-
Native American incense herb, used to make the smudge sticks common in Native ceremonies. Aromatic in the garden, light dusty gray-green leaves.
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor-
Cool cucumber flavor, great addition to salads, vinegars and tomato juice. Hardy, can remain green through mild winters!
Savory, summer Satureja hortensis-
Spirit-awakening, peppery flavor. A favorite herb for flavoring fresh and dry beans, soups, and a variety of culinary uses.
Savory, winter Satureja montana-
Perennial cousin to summer savory, flavor is more pungent. Good pepper substitute, great culinary herb.
Self Heal (heal All) Prunella vulgaris-
Highly regarded wound herb, this pretty sprawling plant should be added to your herb garden because of the beautiful unique coppery purple flowers on spikes.
Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides-
With a name only a mother could love, Soapwort will amaze you with its ultra-hardy nature and masses of delightful, bright-as-day pink blooms in late spring and early summer! Produces lather;soapwort thrives in hot sun and virtually any well-drained soil
Society garlic Tulbaghia violacea-
(Sweet garlic, Pink agapanthus) A more civil version of garlic can hardly be imagined: its lavender-pink flowers are sweet-scented like hyacinths, and are showy, and you don't get bad breath when you eat it! Actually a type of amaryllis.
Spilanthes Spilanthes oleracea-
"Toothache Plant" leaves impart a numbing senstation when chewed. Gold and red "gumball shaped" blossoms.
Spinach, Red Malibar -
Climbing spinach with waxy leaves and red stems. Tolerates heat, lovely accent plant, and edible leaves.
Sweet Annie Artemissia annua-
Sweetly aromatic everlasting. Large pyramid shaped plants have ferny dark green foliage. Fragrant branches are used in wreaths.
Tarragon, French Artemisia dacunculus sativa-
True French tarragon, favored by many. Treat as annual.
Tarragon, Texas Tagetes lucida-
Sweet-smelling leaves and flowers with a flavor very similar to tarragon; hardier and easy to grow. Golden yellow flowers.
Thyme, Caraway Thymus herba-barona-
Lovely hanging shower effect, with scent of caraway. Great for thyme lovers!
Thyme, Creeping Thymus vulgaris-
Low growing, creeping thyme, aromatic, good for borders, and as a culinary variety.
Thyme, Doone Valley Thymus pulegioides "DooneValley"-
Gold-variegated creeping form of lemon thyme. Great for rock gardens and paths. Protect in winter.
Thyme, English Thymus vulgaris-
Essential in bouquet garni, most common variety.
Thyme, German winter Thymus vulgarus-
Upright habit. Indispensable in the kitchen.
Thyme, Golden lemon Thymus x citriodorus 'Aureus'-
Scattered yellow edges on some leaves create an attractive foliage contrast.
Thyme, Hi-ho Silver (Silver Posey) Thymus vulgaris 'Argenteus'-
Green silver foliage with pinkish blooms. Seasoning, fragrant herb.
Thyme, Lavender Thymus thracicus-
Wonderful Lavender scent! Creeper forms dense furry mats, great for walk paths and rock gardens.
Thyme, Lime Thymus sp-
Something special! Citrus-lime flavor added to a great favorite.
Thyme, Mother of Thymus-
Clusters of flowers all summer. Fragrant Foliage can be used as seasoning or in potpourris.
Thyme, Oregano Thymus sp.-
Has a pleasant scent, with a hint of oregano. Good flavor. Creeper.
Thyme, Summer Thymus vulgarus-
New! A superb culinary thyme.
Toma Verde Physalis ixocarpa-
Early green tomatillo.
Early maturing, large, flat-round green fruits. Flesh is good quality, non-pithy when ripe.
Tomatillo, Purple Physalis ixocarpa-
Unique purple tomatillo will add great color and flavor to your fresh garden salsas.
Valerian Centranthus ruber-
Easy to grow, self seeding.
Vervain, Blue Verbena hastata-
Middle-age magicians used as a love potion, this highly ornamental herb has blue-violet glowers in pencil-like spikes. Blooms summer through fall.
Yarrow, Colorado Achillea millefolium-
Deeper color than "Summer Pastels" this hardy yarrow will give bursts of color year after year!
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