Herb Information Sheets

Szeschuan Buttons (Acmella oleracea)

Szeschuan Buttons (Acmella oleracea)

Szechuan buttons are also known as electric daisies, or toothache plant. They come from Brazil and are perennial in warmer climates, but die off in frost or very cold conditions. They are used as a medicinal remedy in various parts of the world, and have…

Lychnis (syn. Silene)

Lychnis (syn. Silene)

Rose Campion These beautiful little flowering plants – both the red rose campion (L. coronaria) and white rose campion (L. coronaria ‘Alba’) do well in almost any garden situation, but what makes them extra exciting is that they are useful as xeriscaping plants too as…

Okinawa spinach (Gynura bicolor)

Okinawa spinach (Gynura bicolor)

Okinawan Spinach Highly nutritious and medicinally said to lower cholesterol levels, this plant is a great addition to any herb or vegetable garden, as well as being a strikingly beautiful feature plant in the aesthetic garden. With its sprawling habit, you can easily let it grow as…

Chives (Allium spp)

Whether it is onion chives or garlic chives, every herb or vegetable garden can benefit from growing these flavoursome and companion plants.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Ah! Rosemary. One of the must-haves of the herb garden. Not only a delicious culinary herb, with its many medicinal and cosmetic uses, Rosemary is a very versatile herb plant indeed!

Chamomile

With various species and even cultivars in species, there are quite a number of plants that are sold as “Chamomile” German chamomile, sometimes preferred by medical herbalists and homeopaths, is annual and in botanical terms is known as Matricaria recutita, while Roman chamomile which is…

Hollyhock

Alcea rosea With its old world charm, this flower brings delight to any garden. Large flowers are borne on tall stalks, and eventhough it is classified as a biennial or short lived perennial, daughter plants spring up easily from spent mother plants and it also…

Lesser Calamint

Nepetha calaminta This beautifully fragrant plant with its semi glossy leaves on multibranched stems and white to light lilac flowers has historically been used as medicine, and for flavouring foods. DO not use when pregnant.

Thyme selections

Thyme selections

A recent discussion that ran on a Facebook page, and an article I wrote on growing footpath herbs, prompted me to do a post on the different Thymes we have at MeadowSweet. I do so love this common culinary (and medicinal herb), and am slowly but surely…

Radish pods

Radish pods

Did you know radish pods are edible? I never gave it a thought…till today, when I saw all the beautifully swollen green pods on my radishes (which I let go to flower so I could save some seed). The pods were just so … delectable looking!…