Growing Herbs

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) Opening its pretty yellow blooms rapidly at twilight, often a spectacular visual, gives the delicately fragrant flower the name Evening primrose, or perhaps it is more because of their mysterious phosphorous emissions that make them seemingly glow in the dark. However the name may have […]

Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula officinalis is commonly known as pot marigold or just Calendula. The name comes from the Latin kalendae “first day of the month” in the Roman calendar, perhaps because it can be found flowering at the beginning of most months of the year. Description Calendula […]

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) “It is a principall herbe for all kinde of bleedings, and to heale up new and old ulcers and greene wounds. The plant Achilles is thought to be the very same, wherewith Achilles cured the wounds of his soldiers.” ~John Gerard, The Herball, 1597 […]

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum syn. A. anethiodora, Stachys foeniculum) Although they both belong to the mint family, Lamiaceae, anise hyssop or giant hyssop (A. foeniculum) should not be confused with true hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). Agastache is from the Greek agan, “very much” and stachys, “ear of wheat”, referring […]

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis)

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis)

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis edulis syn. P. peruviana) Not originally from the Cape (native to Peru), and not related to gooseberries at all, the Cape gooseberry belongs to nightshade family which includes tomatoes, aubergines and potatoes. The French name is “amour en cage” meaning “love in a cage” while […]

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Lemongrass oil can be used as a lure when trapping bee swarms. Description A densely clumping perennial grass with cane-like stems and linear arching leaves that can reach up to 1.8m in height. Greenish flowers with a red tinge are borne in clusters in […]

Black cumin (Nigella sativa)

Black cumin (Nigella sativa)

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) Of black cumin or ‘Habbat ul Sawda’, the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) is believed to have said: “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death.” (Sahih Bukhari).  Description Black cumin is a small (30cm) flowering annual with finely divided leaves and […]

Laksa

Laksa

  Our latest addition is Vietnamese Mint, or Laksa herb. Strongly pungent! Delicious in Thai cooking. Hope these cuttings root easily 🙂

Pink flowering sage

Pink flowering sage

Oh my! The sages in the garden at MeadowSweet is growing simply gorgeous – and all starting to flower. Much to my surprise I found that we had a pink flowering sage too! Happily going to make cuttings of this one, and save seed, so […]

Happy Heartsease

Happy Heartsease

What happy little flowers! I simply adore Johnny-jump-up(-and-kiss-me), or heartsease pansies. They are wonderful edible flowers, attract bees and butterflies, and can be used medicinally too. I’ve got many growing in between the mixed herb greens of my lettuce garden, so that I can always remember to […]



Please note that due to stock-take and a phenomenal start to the season, the MeadowSweet online shop will not fulfill orders for a few weeks (10 Nov - 20 Nov) . You can still catch me at the Orewa Farmers Market, or you are most welcome to send inquiries on plant availability. Thank you ! Minette - MeadowSweet Herbs Dismiss