Seeds for plants use in Folk Medicine


Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

Featuring unusual folk medicine plant seeds for Herbalists and Gardeners.

Our seeds are fresh and ready for delivery.

The information listed with the seeds is for general information only and does not reflect any recommendations on the part of this business. Before using any medicinal plant, we strongly recommend you first consult a physician. Our information is based on published works dealing with herb plants, not medical publications. We shall in no way be held responsible for the actions of anyone using our seeds. Our sole responsibility/liability will be to replace seeds that do not germinate. We shall in no way be liable for the use/misuse of these seeds.

Terms:

Herb: Any plant used for making medicine, seasoning or scents.

Infusion: A tea made by pouring boiling water over the plant or parts of the plant. The most common method of preparing an infusion is to place herbs in a heat tolerant container that has a lid, and pour boiling water over the herbs ( a normal rule of thumb is to use a cup of green herbs per cup of boiling water applied, or a handful of dry herbs per cup of boiling water applied ). Cover the container and allow the herbs to steep in covered container for about 15 minutes. Your infusion is now ready to enjoy!

Decoction: A drink made by boiling the plant or parts of the plant in water and then straining. As a rule of thumb, place the herbs in water that has been brought to a boil, then reduce heat until the water is gently simmering. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then strain. The liquid is the decoction. Honey or an aromatic herb is usually added to improve the taste.

Aromatic. This refers to herbs that have a pleasant smell or taste. They are often used for potpourri or for adding to other herbs to improve the taste of a decoction. One part aromatic to three parts medicinal herb is usually sufficient.

Demulcent: An herb that possesses soothing, mucilaginous qualities which help to relieve any internal irritation such as arrowroot, coltsfoot, comfrey, sassafras pith, and slippery elm.

Liniment: A liniment is a topical solution applied to the skin. How to make a liniment: You will need a clean glass jar with lid, a pint size canning jar works fine, a cup of chopped fresh herbs from your garden or ¼ cup of dried herbs ( we recommend our tincture packs ) 1/2 pint of grain alcohol ( such as Everclear ) and 1/2 pint of distilled water.
Place the herb material into the jar and fill jar with equal parts grain alcohol and distilled water. Close lid tightly and label the jar with the ingredients and the date.
Store the jar in a dark, dry and cool place. Every 2 days, shake the jar vigorously.
After four to six weeks, strain the mixture through a screen or colander, catching the liquid in bowl, then take the herbs and wrap in a towel or pillowcase and squeeze as much liquid as possible from herbs, catching this liquid in the bowl as well.
The Strained liquid is your finished liniment. We recommend storing liniments in four ounce amber glass bottles. Be sure to label bottles correctly!

Herbal Lozenges: Herbal lozenges are a wonderful way to soothe a sore throat or relieve cold and flu conditions.
How to make Herbal Lozenges: You will need about 4 ounces of your favorite herbal decoction, we recommend Blue Vervain, Echinacea or Sage.
Pour decoction into a bowl and add powdered Marsh Mallow root until you have a thick, paste like solution. Add 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil to mix.
Make small lozenges by pinching small amounts of the mix between your fingers and shaping to size. Place lozenges on wax paper and allow to dry for a few hours, then store in covered container in refrigerator.
Lozenges should keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Suck on a lozenge whenever you have a sore throat.

Tincture: A preparation made by soaking an herb in alcohol until the alcohol absorbs the beneficial ingredients of the plant. This process is known as maceration.
How to make a tincture: You will need a clean glass jar with lid, a pint size canning jar works fine, a cup of chopped fresh herbs from your garden or ¼ cup of dried herbs ( we recommend our tincture packs ) and 1 pint of vodka. The vodka is usually about 80-85 proof, do not use 100 proof vodka.
Place the herb material into the jar and fill jar with vodka. Close lid tightly and label the jar with the ingredients and the date.
Store the jar in a dark, dry and cool place. Every 2 days, shake the jar vigorously.
After four to six weeks, strain the mixture through a screen or colander, catching the liquid in bowl, then take the herbs and wrap in a towel or pillowcase and squeeze as much liquid as possible from herbs, catching this liquid in the bowl as well.
The Strained liquid is your finished tincture. We recommend storing tinctures in four ounce amber glass bottles, and keeping smaller one ounce amber glass bottles with droppers in your medicine cabinet, re-filling the smaller bottles as needed. Be sure to label bottles correctly!

Tinctures made from at least 25% alcohol ( 80 proof vodka is 40% ) can be stored indefinitely, tinctures you do not use can be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Compresses and Poultices: A compress is basically a cloth soaked in herbal decoction or infusion that is applied to painful areas. Use Comfrey for sports type injuries, Plantain for insect bits and bee stings, St. John's Wort and Rosemary for pain relief and Chamomile for cramp relief. A poultice is made by placing a cup of the chosen herb in a heat tolerant bowl, pouring boiling water over the herbs and allowing to steep until the herbs have cooled enough to be tolerated by the skin.
Place a clean cotton cloth over the infected area, then place the warm/semi hot herbs on top of the cloth and cover with another piece of cotton cloth. Keep the poultice in place until the herbs have cooled down completely. Discard the herbs and wash the poultice cloths before reusing. Best results are obtained when poultices are applied 3 times a day.


Suppositories and Boluses
You can make a natural suppository using powdered herbs and cocoa butter. To make a suppository should warm cocoa butter to a liquid state in a double boiler and stir in the powdered herbs as it cools. When it is mixed well put into the refrigerator to harden. Roll this out to be about 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut into 3/4 of an inch strips. These are used in the rectum and the vagina to treat infections and irritations. They can also be used for tumors in these areas.
Generally the herbs used in suppositories are astringents such as white oak bark or bayberry bark; and demulcent healing herbs like comfrey root or slippery elm; and antibiotic herbs like garlic and Goldenseal. Goldenseal is really a great one for this as it combines astringent, tissue healing, and antibiotic qualities all in one.
Do not use more than 6 suppositories in a day, or for more than a week at a time. If condition has not cleared up in this time, you should consult your physician.


Our List of Seeds


H901 Wattle Bark Acacia decurrens
The bark of this beautiful tree is used to make a decoction that is useful for diarrhea, sore throats and as a gargle. Even without its medical properties, this tree should be in everyone's yard for its ornamental value.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D9640 Gum Arabic
Acacia Senegal
The latex from the bark of this plant is used medicinally in the preparation of emulsions. Also used as a mild stimulant and to impede absorption. Has been used to treat catarrh and diarrhea. Used in veterinary medicine for mild diarrhea in small animals, foals and calves.
Few people know that this tree produces the flavoring for most popular soda pops including the top two sellers. Besides that, it is a beautiful tree with a flatten crown and attractive grey-green foliage. Will grow to 30' outside or can be container raised inside. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
  Package of 3 seeds $2.50
H204 Devil's Nettle Achillea var. m.
A beautiful flower plant for the rock garden. A tea made from this herb is useful for stomach ailments. The tea is also good for severe colds and a decoction of the whole plant is good for bleeding piles. The tea is made by boiling 1 ounce of dried leaves with one pint of water and sweetening with honey. A hardy perennial for zones 5-10.
  Package of 12 seeds $1.95
ISO005 Aconite Aconitum napellus
A hardy perennial forzones 2-9, grows in most places. Also known as Monkshood and Wolfsbane.
Striking bright blue flower spikes. Recognized as a poison since antiquity, especially to poison arrows. Contains aconitine, a useful sedative for many conditions.Poisonous! Not to be used without medical supervision.
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TRM154 Calamus Acorus calamus americanus
Perennial hardy in zones 3-9. Also known as Sweet flag. Medicinally useful for flatulent colic, gastritis and dyspepsia. This is the North American variety which lacks the carcinogen, cis-isoasarone, found in European varieties. Root powder is valuable as a fixative in potpourris. Esteemed in India as a vermifuge and insecticide, especially for fleas.
Sweet flag makes a striking statement at the shallow end of a pool, in a bog garden, or in a marshy woodland area. Great plant for a wet area. Needs to grow in water less than 9 inches deep or in very moist soil. Full sun. Plant in containers to control spread if desired.
 10 seeds $2.95
NAP002 Doll's Eyes Actaea pachypoda
A hardy perennial for zones 4-8. Also called White Baneberry, Doll's Eyes were named for the distinctive dark "pupil" mark on the ends of their white berries. Persisting for four to six weeks in late summer to early fall, the berries extend from the stem on thick, reddish stalks. Although there are historical accounts of use in medicinal teas, Baneberry plants are poisonous; all parts may cause gastrointestinal inflammation or skin blisters. The berries are highly poisonous, and the entire plant is considered poisonous to humans. The berries contain cardiogenic toxins which can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle tissue, and are the most poisonous part of the plant. Ingestion of the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The berries are harmless to birds, the plant's primary seed dispersers. Both Native American and settlers made tea out of the roots for relieving pain of childbirth. Settlers also used the plant to improve circulation and to cure headache or eyestrain.
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3370 Red Baneberry Actaea rubra
Red Baneberry is a lovely woodland native growing 18-24 inches tall with fine-textured foliage and a light and airy texture. Its lacy leaves resemble those of Astilbe and its similar needs make it a great native substitute.
In late spring and early summer lightly scented, delicate white flowers appear above the foliage. Flowers give way to clusters of bright red berries in late summer that are attractive to mammals and many songbirds. Planted in groups, it is a lovely groundcover and it combines well with other woodland natives such as Wild Ginger and Wood Ferns.
Grow Actaea rubra in part or full shade and moist, rich soils. It will be happy in the shade of conifers or deciduous trees, but will have more flowers if morning or afternoon sun is available.
Birds that are attracted to Actaea Fruit include Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, American Robin, Gray Cheeked Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, and Grouse.
Native Americans used the juice from the fruits of various baneberry species to poison arrows, and used the root as a herbal remedy for menstrual problems. The root of this species has been used as a strong alternative to Black Cohosh, (Cimicifuga racemosa) for menstrual cramping and menopausal discomfort.
All parts of Actaea rubra are poisonous, but the taste of the berries and leaves is extremely bitter so a toxic dose is unlikely.
A perennial plant for zones 3-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
H005 Agrimony Agrimonia odorata
The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and on all waste places. In Scotland it is much more local and does not penetrate very far northward. Agrimony has an old reputation as a popular, domestic medicinal herb, being a simple well known to all country-folk. It belongs to the Rose order of plants, and its slender spikes of yellow flowers, which are in bloom from June to early September, and the singularly beautiful form of its much-cut-into leaves, make it one of the most graceful of our smaller herbs.
A fast growing perennial to 3-5 feet tall with yellow flowers on long slender spikes. Grows in zones 3-8. Taken as a tea, it is useful for liver, kidney and bladder problems. It is also a healing herb for mucous membranes and it's astringent properties help stop bleeding. The plant also produces a yellow/gold dye.
 500mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $3.95
2255 Lady's Mantle Alchemilla mollis
A must-have for the perennial garden. Beautiful, large, rounded blue-green leaves and long-lasting small yellow flowers. Medicinal: Leaves are used to treat menstrual pain, irregularities.
 20mg Package of about 40-50 seeds $2.45
TRM086 Alisma Alisma orientale
Also known as Asian water plantain; Ze xie. Aquatic herb found growing throughout the marshlands of Asia. The rhizomes are diuretic and antibacterial and are commonly used for urinary tract infections, cystitis, painful urination, and kidney stones. In Chinese herbal medicine it removes "damp heat." It thrives along water edges or in shallow water up to 25cm/10" deep, in full or partial sun. Creamy white, pale rose flowers appear July-Sept. Height 60-90cm/2-3ft. Said to be hardy to zone 6. Can be grown indoors in a pot with in muddy soil. Seeds germinate in as few as 2 weeks, but commonly take longer. Seeds should be pressed into soil surface, in a container that can be kept wet and soggy. A perennial hardy to zone 6.
 10 seeds $2.95
H102 Cape Aloe Aloe ferox
An attractive succulent plant from South Africa that can be grown in the home or greenhouse. Used to make the popular "Swedish Bitters" in Europe. A pharmaceutical source of aloe used as a purgative.
  Package of 6 seeds $1.95
H521 Marsh Mallow Althaea officinalis
This plant is commonly used throughout France as a remedy for sore throats and as a laxative. An ointment made from the root will help heal any type of sore. It is believed that an infusion made from the leaves will benefit sufferers of cystitis and urinary tract infections. The raw root can be pared and chewed to relieve sore throat and coughs. The leaves and roots can be cooked and eaten and are said to be a immune system stimulant. The plant is a hardy perennial that bears lovely one inch wide flowers that are edible.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
H061 Bishop's Flower Ammi majus
An interesting wildflower that resembles a carrot. The root was chewed by North African caravaners to protect themselves fm the sun. It contains 8-methoxypsoralen which stimulates pigment production in skin exposed from ultraviolet light. An annual for all zones.
  Package of 25 seeds $1.95
SF077 Alkanet Anchusa officinalis
Also know as Bugloss. A biennial hardy for zones 4-9, bringing beautiful clear purple-blue flowers to the garden in June and July. It has been used as a diuretic, and to induce perspiration. The root decoction was thought to have blood cleansing action. Said to be effective when applied topically for ulcers and injuries to the skin. The plant is a biennial, preferring dry, sandy soil and full sun. Hardy through a wide range of zones and generously self-seeding, an individual plant can produce 900 seeds. Although sometimes an unwanted volunteer in hayfields, it is indispensable in hummingbird and bee gardens, where the lovely trumpet-shaped flowers will easily attract these busy visitors. Cannot ship to OR.
 100mg ( about 25 seeds ) $2.95
3400 Andrographis Andrographis paniculata
An annual plant that is very easy to grow. In Scandinavia this is the main herb used to fight the common cold, flu, and upper respiratory infections. Clinical trials have shown that this herb really works and many believe that it is better than echinacea. Like echinacea, it works by boosting the immune system, helping the body to battle infections and to prevent them from reoccurring in the future. But it does more: it has adaptogen-like properties, it has anticancer activity, it is a bitter tonic, and it is an antioxidant that has been shown to protect the liver. In China and India the plant is commonly used to treat a wide range of infections such as gastrointestinal complaints, hepatitis, herpes, and throat infections. In short this is one amazing medicinal herb! Easy to grow annual and easy to use.
 100mg pack ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.95
HR310 Angelica
Angelica archangelica
Although angelica is common in meadows and pastures throughout the country, the only one with medicinal values is archangelica. It is very hard to tell this plant apart from its cousin, so be careful where you acquire your source. It is a beautiful garden plant with purple-green leaves and white and pink flowers. Grows in zones 4-9. An infusion can be made by pouring a pint of water over an ounce of the bruised root. In folk medicine, it is said to create an aversion to alcohol. It also relieves flatulence. It has been said to help in cases of delayed menstruation.
  250mg package ( about 30 seeds $1.95 )
3446 Bai Zhi Angelica dahurica
Root used in Chinese medicine to treat toothache and headache and externally for mastitis and infected wounds. Has antipyretic, analgesic and antibacterial action. A perennial hardy in zones 5-8.
 75mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
TRM140 Dong Quai Angelica polymorpha sinensis
Also known as Dang gui, Chinese angelica. This is the most important herb in China, used more often and in larger quantities then even ginseng or licorice. The thick root lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart, increases coronary flow, moderates arythmia and improves circulation. It is strongly antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, and it is used widely to regulate menstruation, to treat hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver, shingles and to relieve the pain of rheumatism. No herb has so many documented medicinal uses! Bittersweet, aromatic relative of the European angelica (A. archangelica) reaching 1m/3ft high.
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SF068 Custard Apple Annona reticulata
Custard-apple originated in the Caribbean and Central America. It is cultivated and occasionally naturalized in tropical areas worldwide, including Florida in the U.S., Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India, Australia, and West Africa.
The custard-apple fruit varies from heart-shaped to cylindrical or spherical, is beige to brownish red when ripe, and may weigh 2 pounds or more. The flesh is white and creamy, and is used to make beverages, juice, and ice cream.
Unripe fruit and leaves are anthelmintic (kills intestinal worms and parasites), and the seeds and leaves have insecticidal properties and may be somewhat toxic if consumed. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine: a poultice from crushed leaves is used to treat boils, abscesses and ulcers; dried unripe fruit and bark are used as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. The bark is very astringent and the decoction is taken as a tonic and also as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery; root bark fragments may be placed on gums for toothaches; and a tea made from roots is used to treat fevers (Morton 1987). Easily grown container plant, or zone 10 outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
8SER47 Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
Chamaemelum nobile (synonym: Anthemis nobilis), commonly known as chamomile (also spelled camomile), Roman chamomile, English chamomile, garden chamomile, ground apple, low chamomile, or whig plant.
A very pretty wildflower with stems that creep along the surface. They root wherever they touch the ground, forming loose clusters. It is often referred to as Earth Apple because of its apple scent. A tea made from the leaves is very good for digestion. It has long been used as a cure for children's diarrhea. The pleasant smelling tea also makes a great insect repellent. Simply splash some on before going outside and the bugs will leave you alone. A perennial for zones 5-9.
 5,000 seeds per pack $9.95
W206 German Chamomile ( Matricaria recutita )
An easy to grow annual with pretty daisy like flowers, the flowers are scented, and only the flowers are used for making tea.
If you want to harvest flowers for making Chamomile tea, it is best to collect flowers on a sunny day (ensuring that the flowers are fully open), then dry them in the sun. Discard the stems and leaves and store the chamomile flowers in an air tight container.
German Chamomile is most often used for medicinal purposes, and is usually administered as a tea. It can also be administered as a compress for external healing and as a bath for babies. Here are a few uses:
Soothes and relaxes at bedtime.
Relieves restlessness, teething problems, and colic in children.
Relieves allergies, much as an antihistamine would.
Aids digestion when taken as a tea after meals.
Relieves morning sickness during pregnancy.
Speeds healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns.
Treats gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
Other Uses
Makes a relaxing bath or footbath.
Lightens fair hair and conditions complexion. Make a rinse by simmering 2 teaspoons dried flowers in 8 ounces of water for 15 minutes.
Potpourri (dry flowers face down.)
Parts of plant to use for tea: Flowers only. Taste: A rather pleasant taste, made very nice with a little bit of honey.
  50mg Package ( couple of hundred seeds or more ) $2.15
E3128 Devil's Walking Stick
Aralia spinosa
Also know as Prickly elder, Angelica tree, Hercules' club, Toothache bush or tree.
The Aralia spinosa is a small tree, growing to about 30 feet. Best suited for zones 4-9. The leaves are very large and long, often 3 to 6 feet in length, prickly, bipinnate, and borne on long, prickly petioles. The flowers are white, and disposed in numerous umbels, forming a very large panicle. The involucres are small and few-leaved. The fruit consists of blackish, juicy berries.
The aralia spinosa inhabits the United States in various parts, from Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and westward to Missouri, growing in damp and rich woods and fields. The thin, ash-colored bark is the part used, although other parts of the plant possess medicinal properties; it has a peculiar, somewhat fragrant odor, and a slightly bitter, biting taste; alcohol or water extracts its properties. It is frequently grown in the Northern States for ornamentation. It blooms in August and September.
Medicinal Uses ( as listed in A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve )
Fresh bark causes/vomiting and purging, but dried is a stimulating alterative. A tincture made from the bark is used for rheumatism, skin diseases and syphilis. The berries in tincture form, lull pain in decayed teeth and in other parts of the body, violent colic and rheumatism, useful in cholera when a cathartic is required in the following compound: 1 drachm compound powdered Jalap, 1 drachm Aralia spinosa, 2 drachms compound rhubarb powder or infused in 1/2, pint boiling water and when cold taken in tablespoonful doses every half-hour. This does not produce choleric discharges. Also a powerful sialogogue and valuable in diseases where mouth and throat get dry, and for sore throat; will relieve difficult breathing and produce moisture if given in very small doses of the powder. The bark, root, and berries can all be utilized.
  Package of 25 seeds $2.50
H855 Strawberry Tree Arbutus
A beautiful evergreen tree that is very attractive. The strawberry shaped fruits make a stimulating wine.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TRM083 Bai Zhu Atractylodes macrocephala
Chinese medicinal herb noted for strengthening the spleen and building chi energy. Rhizomes are used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite and vomiting related to deficiencies of spleen or stomach. Animal studies suggest it strengthens endurance. Also used as a diuretic and to reduce excessive sweating. Purple flowers; grows up to 60cm/2 ft high. A perennial hardy in zones 5-8.
 10 seeds $2.95
H039 Bearberry Arctostaphylos urva ursi
A perennial that can be grown in zones 2-8. A small evergreen shrub found in the U.S. and Europe. The leaves of the plant have been used in the past as: Astringent, Diuretic and Tonic. A tea made from the leaves was used for bronchitis, nephritis and kidney stones. It is said to help where bedwetting is a problem. It should be used in moderation as excessive use can lead to stomach distress and eventually chronic poisoning.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
3401 American Arnica Arnica chamissonis
Easy to grow perennial herb for zones 5-8. Same medicinal qualities as European Arnica below, but said to much easier to germinate.
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3459 European Arnica Arnica montana
Easy to grow ( once germinated ) perennial herb for zones 6-9. Famous Swiss herb used externally for bruises, burns and inflammations. A hardy alpine perennial, it enjoys a cool climate and good drainage in acid soil, making it well suited to rock gardens and raised beds. Seeds are difficult to germinate, and propagation by division is easiest. The starry golden yellow flowers that bloom throughout the summer are very attractive to bees. Foliage is aromatic. Arnica is has strong analgesic and antiseptic effects. Applied externally in the form of salves or rubs, it is considered one of the best remedies for wounds available to modern herbalists; however internal use is no longer recommended on account of a cardiac action. Now a protected herb in Germany due to overcollection of plants in the wild.
 10mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
H780 Sage Brush Artemisia
This is the sage brush you have seen in the western movies. A rounded shrub bearing very aromatic leaves. Has several medicinal attributes.
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FB163 Sweet Annie Artemisa annua
An excellent multi use herb for all gardens. A graceful and sweetly fragrant annual with tall stems 4'-7' tall, with fine bright green ferny foliage. Though most often grown for fresh and dried arrangements and wreath making (it holds color and fragrance very well) it also makes a graceful accent in the back of a flowerbed or a pretty quick screen, especially behind other container plantings. "Sweet Annie" has a wide variety of uses both medicinal and for handcrafting and makes a nice addition to potpourri and sachets.
This is a tall ferny green plant that grows to over seven feet high and four feet wide in one year! Excellent for back borders or any area that you want to give a tropical look and feel. Sweet Annie has thick strong woody stems and branches out like a shrub. The flowers are tiny and olive green and can't really be seen unless you look hard. However sweet Annie is grown for it's foliage and mostly for it's lovely aromatic scent which can fill the whole garden when the breeze rustles it branches. It has been used for centuries in it's dried form in wreaths and other aroma projects.
Sweet Annie is one of the best natural air fresheners around. Have a aroma you want to get rid of? Just wave a spring of Sweet Annie in the air and it freshens the whole area with a sweet appealing smell illuminating anything else. Don't use air fresheners with unknown chemical ingredients use a natural herb to do the work for you. The plant dries very well and the will last for years all you have to do is gently move a piece and the aroma bursts forth. It is excellent for use in wreaths and other aroma projects.
  15mg pack ( over 200 seeds ) $2.50
D3505 Yomogi Artemisia princeps
A Perennial for zones 4-9, also a good container plant. Also known as Japanese mugwort, Kui hao. The Japanese make delicious rice dumplings called yomogi mochi with this herb. Young leaves are boiled slightly and then pounded into dumplings made with gelatinous rice, adding distinctive and delightful colour, aroma and flavor. Young leaves and seedlings are used in soups and salads also. Medicinally, the leaves are used for moxa in Japan and to treat eczema, itchy skin and excessive womb bleeding in China. Also used to dye cotton and silk. Prefers full or partial sun and well-drained soil. Ht. 1m/3ft.
  Package of about 50 tiny seeds $3.50
H595 Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris
A tall growing plant reaching 3 ft. or more. Often used to flavor drinks. An infusion made from dried roots at a rate of 1 ounce of herb to one pint of water makes a stimulating tonic for tired blood. Doses should be 1/2 teaspoon while still warm. The infusion is also helpful for palsy, fits and epileptic affections.
 10mg Package of about 100 seeds $1.95
H088 Blood Flower Asclepias currassavica
A cousin to the Swamp milkweed plant. The stem produces a milky substance that when used as a poultice is said to be effective in removing warts. A perennial for zones 2-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.00
H643 Pleurisy Root, Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa
A handsome fleshy-rooted plant growing to 2 ft. high. The root is powdered to make and infusion that relieves pleurisy, colic and indigestion. It is also helpful with diarrhea, dysentery and acuterheumatism. The infusion is made using 1 teaspoon powder to one cup of water.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
H116 Chinese Milkvetch Astragalus
One of the most often used Chinese medicinals. It fortifies the spleen, kidneys, liver and endocrine system. It is said to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. A perennial for zones 5-8.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRM290 False Indigo Baptisia australis
Showy American native with blue-violet flower spikes and majestic, upright growth habit. Used by Amerindians as a purgative, emetic, and anti-inflammatory. Under study as a potential booster of the immune system. A perennial plant for zones 3-9. Nice border plant. Caution! Parts of the plant can be poisonous!
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
H045 Belladonna Atropa
An annual best grown in zones 4-9 or can be grown as a perennial in zones 6-9. A powerful herb with many medicinal benefits. Most parts of the plants are considered poisonous and should only be used by trained persons. The plant has been used as a surgical anesthetic and for treating asthma and cardiac disease.
Source of atropine, valuable in treating eye diseases and spasms. Externa applications lessen local inflammation and pain. Do not use without medical supervision. Germination is difficult; usually slow and sporatic. Stratification at 5°C/40°F for 4-12 weeks or gibberrelic acid pre-treatment is reported to speed germination.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TRM134 Upland Cress Barbarea verna
A biennial plant for zones 4-9. Also known as Winter cress or Land cress. Upland cress is a fast-growing alternative to watercress. It is delicious like watercress in sandwiches and salads but does not require damp growing conditions as watercress does. Easy to grow indoors or out, upland cress thrives in most zones, in sun or shade, moist or dry. Germination is quick in warm weather, and plants self-seed if allowed. Harvest when plants are 10 cm (4") tall or more. The peppery leaves add a spicy spin when boiled in stews or soups or tossed fresh in salads. Preliminary research released in 2010 found that upland cress is the best source of phenethylisothiocyanate, a compound found to be effective against chronic inflammation of the bowel.
 25 seeds $2.95
8SER39 English Daisy Pomponette Mix ( Bellis perennis )
The name Bellis is Greek for "pretty," and these charming flowers live up to their name. Easy to grow, with a long flowering season, the numerous button flowers appear from early spring until late autumn.
Trouble-free, with few pests or diseases, it is an excellent choice for mixed borders in a well-drained location with sun or part shade.
Deadheading will prolong flowering, and the plant is usually treated as a biennial. The young leaves and petals can be added to salads. Flower buds can be pickled in vinegar and used in place of capers. English Daisy has a long history as a calmative for inflamed skin and for stomach and intestinal problems. John Gerard's Herball, or Generall Historie of Plants, (1633) advises "The daisies do mitigate all kinde of paines", and directs those suffering from gout to apply them to painful joints with butter. According to Gerard, the daisy was once known as bruisewort, for its ability to soothe bruises when the leaves were applied externally. Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 6 inches tall.
  1,000 Seeds per pack. Price per pack: $9.95
RHM146 Lipstick Tree Bixa ornella
Large, five-petaled rose, pink or white flowers with yellow stamens, followed by striking, maroon to vivid scarlet 2" spiny pods. Amazon Basin. For millennia Amazonian Indians have used the red dye obtained from the seedcoat as face and body paint. Cultivated throughout the tropics for food coloring and dye for cheese, soap, cloth, paint, lipstick, margarine, etc. A few seeds can be added to rice, soups, or to flavor chocolate and meats. Seeds eaten cooked in butter. Bark provides fiber. Good hedge and honey plant. Used medicinally. Good in the far South or in the greenhouse.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
TRM249 Bushman's Toliet Paper Plant ( Rangiora ) Brachyglottis repanda
Quite the conversation plant, this is a small bushy tree or large shrub to 15 feet tall in the daisy and sunflower family (Asteraceae) native to New Zealand that produces very large leaves about 20 inches long and 12 inches wide with furry undersides. It has a number of applications in traditional New Zealand medicine. The leaves are apparently also effective as a natural bathroom tissue, thus the name. It is fast and easy to grow from seed and best suited to warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and 10. This form has particularly large leaves. Fragrant creamy flowers are abundant in spring.
This also makes a wonderful pot plant for the patio.
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JF421 Showy Calaminth ( Calamintha grandiflora )
Calamints are close cousins to the garden mint and are native to Europe and the Middle East. Pleasantly fragrant. Rose-pink flowers are studded on short spikes among the leaves in midsummer. This will slowly spread to form a small patch. Attractive to butterflies. Useful towards the front of the border, in a woodland setting among Hosta or ferns. Also attractive in mixed containers.
A perennial plant that has many uses. Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 16" apart each way they form spreading clumps. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Flowers attract and are pollinated by butterflies and bees. Plants are noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use as a flavoring. The tea has a pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavor.
Medicinal Folklore: The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains. Other Uses Grows 32 inches tall, hardy to zone 5.
  100 Seed Nursery Trade Package $9.95
TRM157 Caper Bush Capparis spinosa inermis
A perennial hardy to zone 9. Capers, a fixture of Mediterranean cuisine for 2000 years, are made from the unopened flower buds of this plant. The buds are pickled in strongly salted wine vinegar to develop their characteristic aromatic pungent flavour used to such advantage in French mayonnaise-based sauces, vinaigrette, and savoury butters. Capers tend to reduce oiliness in foods, and possess a natural affinity for garlic and lemon.
A straggly, slow growing shrub of dry, rocky areas of the Mediterranean and North Africa. Raising caper bush from seed is not for the novice; germination is slow and typically less than 30%. For best results, freeze seeds in moist sand for 2 weeks, then sow and keep moist and dark.
 5 seeds $2.95
JF411 Celandine Poppy Chelidonium majus
Also known as Greater Celandine, it is a member of the poppy family (Papaveraceae). A hardy perennial, surviving down to -15 degrees F.
A very nice plant for the edge of the woods as it likes shade, with slightly downy stems and leaves with bright yellow flowers. Acrid orange latex, most concentrated in root, used topically against warts.
Many traditional anticancer regimens utilize fresh Celandine plant and root. Also, the dried herb is used as a penetrating alterative ingredient in hand and foot baths, for treating debilitating disease. Low dose botanical.
Plant prefers shade to part sun and very fast-draining soil. The seeds germinate best when planted in the shade. Plant grows and prospers in the cooler parts of the year. Cover seed lightly and keep evenly moist until germination. Sow in the fall or early spring. Space plants 18 inches apart. Flowers to 2 feet.
For zones 4-8.
  250 seed Nursery Trade Pack $9.95
H475 Lamb's Quarters, Dirty Dick, Pigweed, Fat Hen Chenopodium album
An annual that can grow to 10 ft. It is often raised as greens. The green leaves contain 10,000 I.U. of vitamin A per 100 grams. Cannot ship to MN
  Package of 100 seeds $1.95
HT108 Good King Henry Chenopodium bonus-henricus
A wholesome pot herb, young shoots are harvested, peeled, cooked and eaten like asparagus. Young leaves and eaten like spinach. An excellent remedy for indigestion. Also very high in minerals and vitamins.
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H271 Feverfew
Chrysanthemum parthenium
This plant is a must for anyone suffering from migraine headaches. It will not cure migraines, but as long as the herb is taken regularly it will keep them from coming back. Fever few inhibit blood clotting and is beneficial for persons with cardiovascular diseases. Take after consulting with a physician. Make a tea by boiling two teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of water and let steep for 15 minutes. A perennial plant for zones 5-9.
 15mg Package ( about 40-50 seeds ) $1.95
H071 Black Cohosh, Black Snakeroot Cimicifuga racemosa
A magnificent plant with white flowers in wand-like racemes that will rise up to 6 ft. above the shiny green leaves. The root is valued for its medicinal properties as an astringent, emmenagogue, diuretic. antidote to poisons, snakebites, etc. A perennial for zones 3-8.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.00
RLP065 Possum Grape Vine Cissus verticillata
Also known as Princess Vine, Season Vine, Monkey Liana. Fast growing tropical ornamental vine with woody stems and waxy dark green leaves. Black grape-like fruit are very showy in fall. Medicinal plant popularly known in Brazil as cipo-puca, insulina. The plant is used in several diseases, including rheumatism, epilepsy, stroke and also in the treatment of diabetes. Leaf decoctions of Cissus sicyoides are taken widely as a popular remedy for diabetes mellitus in Brazil, where its common name is vegetal insulin.
For warm climates, or can be grown inside in tubs. Fruits are not for fresh eating.
 5 seeds $2.95
3211 Blue Pea Vine ( Clitoria ternatea )
One of our favorite plants for hanging baskets, blooms in only 6 weeks from seed. A fast growing climber with beautiful blue and sometimes white flowers. It can be grown in baskets and containers, and blooms all year, or it can be grown outside on trellis or fence. A drought hardy plant which can be used as a fast growing screen along fences. Attracts butterflies. Produces a small pea type seed which is used as food in the Phillipines.
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TRM077 Wild Basil Clinopodium vulgare
Perennial (hardy in zones 4-9). Has a faint thyme-like aroma. Infusion of leaves makes a pleasant cordial tea. Helps overcome stomach weakness. New research shows it is a good skin and wound remedy.
 10 tiny seeds $2.95
TRM137 Cnidium Cnidium monnieri
Annual. Also known as She chuang. Chinese stimulant and aphrodisiac used to treat impotency. Also used as a vaginal wash against trichomoniasis, and to treat scabies and fungal diseases.
 25 seeds $2.95
TRM136 Codonopsis Codonopsis pilosula
Perennial for zones 5-8. Also known as Dang shen. Important Chinese medicinal herb similar in action to ginseng. Sweet tasting roots have been shown to boost red cell and hemoglobin counts in rabbits. Used as a tonic in anemia, fatigue, shallow and strained breathing, poor appetite, dyspepsia, and diabetes. Unusual violet-streaked green bell-shaped flowers.
 25 seeds $2.95
RLP107 Fragrant Manjack, Glue Berry Cordia dichotoma
Common names include fragrant manjack, snotty gobbles, glue berry, pink pearl, bird lime tree, and Indian cherry.
The fruit of this tree has long been valued for its sticky mucilaginous pulp, which is eaten to suppress coughs and chest complaints, and to treat sore throats. The pulp is also applied as an emollient to abscesses, to calm rheumatic pain, and to purge parasitic intestinal worms. In Tanzania the fruit pulp is applied to ringworm. In Mali and the Côte d’Ivoire the leaves are applied to wounds and ulcers. A macerate of the leaves is taken to treat the effects of tsetse fly bites, and also applied to the bites externally.
The sticky pulp, especially from the unripe fruits, has widespread use as bird lime. Ripe fruits are eaten raw, while tender young fruits are eaten fresh or pickled as a vegetable. Mashed fruits enter into the preparation of sorghum beer. The kernel is also edible. In India the leaves are prepared as a vegetable. In Burkina Faso the ash obtained by burning young branches is used to make soap. In South-East Asia the leaves are used as cattle fodder.
Cordia dichotoma is a small to moderate-sized deciduous tree with a short bole and spreading crown. The stem bark is greyish brown, smooth or longitudinally wrinkled. Flowers are short-stalked, bisexual, white in colour which open only at night. The fruit is a yellow or pinkish-yellow shining globose which turns black on ripening and the pulp gets viscid.
The immature fruits are pickled and are also used as a vegetable fodder. The leaves also yield good fodder. The seed kernel has medicinal properties. It is often cultivated for its fruits throughout the range of its natural distribution. In Burma, the Pa-O people grow the tree (called "thanapet") for its edible leaves.
The natural distribution of this small to moderate-sized, dry deciduous tree includes most of tropical Asia and Australasia, where its grows in a variety of drier habitats. It is popularly cultivated throughout its range for the immature fruits which are usually pickled.
Tropical, for zone 10 and higher.
  5 seeds $2.95
TRM526 Pig's Ears Cotyledon orbiculata
(Plakkies) Excellent wart remedy, widely recommended even by medical doctors, in South Africa. Works on pets too. Thick, fleshy, grey-green leaves are sliced lengthwise and placed cut side on the wart for 8-12 hours daily. Eventually warts soften and drop or rub off. Succulent shrub with showy coral flowers on a stem up to 60 cm/2 ft. Very easy to grow. Perennial ( hardy in zones 7-10 ).
 1mg pack ( about 25 or more very tiny seeds ) $2.95
RLP041 Forest Fever-berry Croton sylvaticus
An attractive, medium sized tree to about 30 ft. with glossy green leaves and racemes of small, white flowers. It is widespread in tropical and southern Africa. It makes an pretty ornamental tree and has a variety of medicinal uses.
The growth rate of the forest fever tree is very fast, about sevent feet per year. Prefers deep shade conditions but can even survive full sunlight. The tree is vulnerable to cold wind, if planted in cold areas young plants must be protected against cold winds and frost for the first two seasons. Transplanting should normally be done at the 2-leaf stage.
The fruits are very popular with birds and can be promising as poultry feed.
The wood is excellent fuel, burning even when green. Wood yellowish-white, streaked, soft, light and easily worked.
The bark is used as fish poison. Medicine uses: The root is a remedy for indigestion whereas the bark is used for chest problems and rheumatism. Leaves made into a poultice to treat pleurisy. In Kenya tree parts are used to treat malaria.
A beautiful shade tree suitable for avenues, parks and gardens.
Cold hardy to low 30's.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM430 Mitsuba
Cryptotaenia japonica
(Japanese parsley) Unique flavour of leaves and leafstalks, either fresh or blanched, is pleasing in soups, salads, and fried foods. Of easiest culture; prefers moist, partly shady locations.
Very easy to grow. Can be container grown.
Perennial hardy to zone 4-9, but usually grown as an annual.
  42mg pack ( about 25 ) Seeds $2.95
TRM297 Buffalo Gourd Cucurbita foetidissima

A perennial vine, widely distributed from the northwestern and north-central US to the north of Mexico, where it thrives in disturbed locations. It grows long, prostrate stems, triangular grey-green leaves with an unpleasant smell when crushed. The bell-shaped, yellow flowers are followed by a round yellow fruit that contain edible seeds. Native Indians used Cucurbita foetidissima in traditional medicine and for soap-making. It also is a very adaptable, drought-tolerant ornamental, hardy to USDA Zone 5.
The fruit is consumed by humans and animals. When the fruit is mature, a stage marked by increasing desiccation of vine, leaves, fruit-stem, and fruit itself, it begins its final gourd stage.
The fresh young gourd can be eaten like squash. When the fruit is mature its not edible anymore due to bitter compounds.
Starch is mainly located in the tap root which get formed after the first year of growth. The starch content in the dried root is between 47.5 and 56 percent. The central tap root can weight up to 72 kg. A four-year-old root grown under cultivation can reach a fresh weight of 45 kg and a length of 2.5 meters.
Fresh leafs or the whole plants can be used as animal food.
Biodiesel can be produced from the oil in the seeds. But the main interest to produce renewable fuels is to produce biofuel with the carbohydrates who are located in the tap root.
 5 seeds $3.95
IP101 Styrian Pumpkin "Naked Seed Pumpkin"
( Cucurbita pepo styriaca )
This is the famous Styrian Hulless Seed Pumpkin of Austria that is grown for it's nutritious seeds. These pumpkins have a seed that is encased only in a thin membrane, which may be consumed along with the seed.
The seeds can be lightly toasted with a little salt or eaten raw and uncooked. This is a convenient protein source, a good snack or addition to smoothies, salads or salad dressing.
Seeds are very tasty, rich in unsaturated fat, an immune tonic and tonic to the reproductive organs of both females and males. Consumption of the seed is a specific for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) as well as prostate cancer. The flesh of the pumpkin is thin, bright yellow, coarse textured, tasty, and sugary, 120 days.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
HT114 Lemon Grass, East Indian
Cymbopogon flexuosus
Source of lemongrass oil used to flavor teas, candies, chewing gum, etc. A tropical annual that can be grown as an annual in the US. Many uses, crushing a few leaves in your hands will release lemony fragrance that repels mosquitoes. Essential oil contains large amounts of citral and geraniol which are used in flavorings and perfumes. Medicinal: Tea used to treat digestive problems and fever. Anti-inflammatory. Lemon Grass is also a beautiful addition to mixed containers and flower borders.
  200mg Package ( overpacked due to low 40% germination rate, about 200 per pack, expect about 75-80 to germinate ) $2.50
HT117 Palmarosa Grass Cymbopogon martinii motia
Also know as geranium grass and rosha grass. It is a tropical perennial that is grown as an annual in the US. Wonderfully scented grass from India whose leaves emit a pleasing rose geranium fragrance when crushed. Grown as a commercial crop for it's very important geraniol oil. Oil used in medicines for lumbago, skin problems and mosquito repellents.
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H411 Hound's Tongue Cynoglossum
A biennial weed found in sandy, rocky soil. Grows to 3 ft. high with basil leaves that are somewhat shaped like a dog's tongue. An infusion of the plant made from 1tablespoon of dried root to 1 cup of water is very good for diarrhea. A poultice from the plant is good for burns and bruises. Cannot ship to CO, WY, OR, SD
  40mg Package ( about 8-10 seeds ) $1.95
H460 Jimsonweed, Thornapple Datura stramonium
A hardy annual to 4 ft. with beautiful trumpet shaped flowers. Most of the plant is poisonous, but has great medicinal value. Its use should be limited to those with experience in this field of medicine. Cannot ship to MN, MI, PA, PR
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
AW35 Illinois Bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis
Used in meadows, roadsides, and tall grass prairie plantings. Good for xeriscaping. Produces fruit in the form of dark-brown clusters of pods. Due to it being high in protein, it is readily eaten by livestock and wildlife. Fixes high amounts of nitrogen in the soil and can rejuvenate worn-out soil. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds.
Illinois bundleflower is rated by some authorities as our most important native legume and is included in range revegetation programs since the species is readily eaten by livestock. The lenticular seeds contain 38 percent protein on a dry weight basis, which compares favorably with soybeans.
Seeds are desirable for wild birds. The plant is considered a nutritious and palatable browse for wildlife.
Pawnee Indians used leaf tea as wash for itching. Hopi used seeds placed in eye for conjunctivitis.
A perennial growing to 3-6 ft. tall with cream colored flowers. Hardy to zone 5. The primary attraction of Illinois Bundleflower is the refined appearance of its fern-like foliage. The subleaflets of the compound leaves fold together at night, and they close partially during hot sunny days in order to reduce moisture loss. During the morning and evening, when sunlight is less intense, the compound leaves orient themselves in the direction of the sun in order to maximize the reception of its light.
 4g package ( hundreds of seeds ) $2.25
TRM161 Yellow Foxglove Digitalis grandiflora
This pretty perennial plant is well suited for zones 3-8 and is a shorter variety of the purple foxglove, with soft creamy yellow blooms netted with brown. A favourite of cottage gardeners for its charming, unfussy contribution to the billowing colours of the mixed border, yellow foxglove is a biennial, perennial in some zones, blooming the second summer after it is seeded. It prefers a loamy, well-drained soil, and sun or part shade. It dislikes the wet and may develop crown rot if planted in an area with poor drainage. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, blooming from early to mid-summer, and if faded blooms are cut down, it will rebloom. Children may be tempted to wear the buttery little cups on their fingers, but beware: Yellow foxglove is poisonous in all its parts, containing powerful cardioactive glycosides that are toxic when ingested even in tiny amounts. Best to look and not touch when admiring this lovely garden dweller!
Poisonous! Not to be used without medical supervision.
 20 seeds $2.95
TRM438 African Ebony Tree Diospyros Mespliformis
The African Ebony tree is found throughout Africa, from Senegal and the Sudan to Mamibia and the northern Transvaal. It is most commonly found on savannas or savanna woodlands where it can be found growing on termite mounds. In heavy soils the termite mounds provide the tree with aerated soil, and a source of moisture. The roots provide protection for the termites, who don't eat the living wood. African Ebony wood is almost termite-resistant after it has been cut down.
The African Ebony tree can grow very tall, up to 80 feet, with a trunk circumference of 16 feet. Most trees don't grow that tall, however, and heights of 15 to 18 feet are more usual.
The fruit of the African Ebony tree is a favorite of many animals. The fleshy fruit is oval, almost round in shape and about 1 inch in diameter and yellow or yellow-green in color. Five sepals of the calyx of the flower remain on the bottom of the fruit, their tips curling backwards. Two to six wrinkled seeds can be found inside the fruit. The skin is tough but the edible fruit has a chalky, floury consistency with a lemon-sweet flavor. They can be eaten fresh or preserved. They are also dried and ground into flour. A beer and brandy is also brewed from them. When the African Ebony fruit is fully ripe, it turns purple, but one hardly ever sees it this color since it is eaten by various animals long before it can get that ripe. Animals such as kukus, nyalas, impalas, warthogs, baboons, parrots, and hornbills, to name a few, love to eat the fruit of the African Ebony. It got its name because the African Ebony seeds are also found in the dung of jackals. The leaves are eaten by elephants, rhinos, giraffes, buffaloes, and kudus. The larvae of the bushveld emperor butterfly also eat the leaves of this tree.
The African Ebony tree is part of the Ebenaceae family, and is also known as African ebony. Wood from the tree is hard, heavy and very strong, and almost completely resistant against termites. The heartwood is fine-grained and good for floors, high quality furniture and pestels. It varies in color from light, reddish brown to almost black. The trunks are used to make canoes.
It is also traditionally used for medical purposes. Tanin is contained in the leaves, bark and roots, and acts as an astringent that helps stop bleeding. The tree is also supposed to have antibiotic substances that help heal wounds. A mixture made from the roots is used get rid of parasites like ring worm, and dysentery and fever. It is also considered a remedy for leprosy.
For warm climates, USDA zone not established.
 5 seeds $3.95
RLP091 Large Leaf Dragon Tree ( Dracaena aletriformis )
This relatively fast-growing, beautiful plant requires deep, rich soil and shade. So plant it in fertile, well-drained, compost-enriched soil and keep out of direct sunlight, or the leaves will burn. It requires consistent watering during the growing season and less during winter. It is frost and drought sensitive therefore in colder gardens it will need a very protected position. Due to its tolerance for fairly poor light conditions it makes an exceptional container plant for indoors or for a shady patio providing a bold and attractive focal point.
In Eastern Cape, the root of Dracaena aletriformis is crushed and used as a wash to drive away evil spirits.
In the Canary Islands, the red, resinous, blood-like sap of D. draco has long been used magically, medicinally as well as practically, e.g. it is used as a wash to promote healing and stop bleeding, internally to treat chest pains, internal traumas, post-partum bleeding and menstrual irregularities; it is regarded as a herb of protection, purification and energy; and is also used in mummification, and as a colouring agent in furniture polish, varnish, paint and plaster. It was well known as the source for the varnish used by 18th century Italian violin makers.
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H217 Dragonhead Dracocephallum
A beautiful plant with fragrant flowers and scented leaves. Used widely in Chinese medicine. An annual suitable for most zones.
  Package of 20 seeds. $1.95
H075 Black Sampson Coneflower Echinacea
This plant is said to have strong antibiotic and immune stimulating properties. The Chinese believe that it is an excellent prevention medicine for severe immune disorders. It has been used for centuries to treat measles, mumps, arthritis, chicken pox, blood poisoning, scarlet fever, ulcers, colds, bladder infections and other infections. Make a decoction by boiling two teaspoons of dried root in a cup of water. Drink a cup twice a day. A perennial for zones 3-10.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
ISO004 Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus
Perennial for zones 3-8. Also known as Eleuthero ginseng; Ci wu jia. Species used by Russian cosmonauts and athletes to improve endurance. Possesses powerful tonic and restorative properties and was found to relieve the effects of mental and physical stress.
Its action differs from that of true ginseng as it does not cause insomnia in large doses. Very hardy shrub; requires shade.
Germination takes 1-2 years.
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3454 Mu Zei Ma Huang Ephedra equisetina
(Chinese ephedra) In Chinese medicine this species is considered equivalent to Ephedra sinica and is used for the same purposes. Has higher total saponins, including the various forms of ephedrine. It is taller and woodier than E. sinica. Native of dry, rocky regions of Central Asia, Tibet, China and Mongolia. Requires full sun and well drained, sandy loam. Ht. 1m/3ft. Perennial (hardy in zones 6-8).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM109 Zhong Ma Huang Ephedra intermedia
(Chinese ephedra) Properties and uses are similar to those of E. sinica but contains the additional anti-inflammatory compound, ephedroxane. Saponin content is somewhat lower than E. equisetina. Native of dry grasslands of Central Asia, Tibet, China and Mongolia. Prefers dry, well-drained sandy loam. Ht. 75cm/30in. Perennial (hardy in zones 6-8).
 10 seeds $2.95
H240 Ephedra/Mormon's Tea Ephedra nevadensis
A striking plant with foliage resembling the horsetail plant. Makes a wonderful tasting tea that contains traces of ephedrine, a nerve stimulant resembling adrenaline. Can be used as a tonic as it improves kidney action and is said to relieve asthma. A perennial plant for zones 4-9
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
3453 Ma Huang Ephedra sinica
(Chinese ephedra; Cao ma huang) A long time holy grail for Richters, we are very pleased finally to be able to offer seeds of the true Ma huang from Inner Mongolia. Ma huang is a powerful stimulant herb containing the alkaloid ephedrine, the main inspiration for today?s popular over-the-counter antihistamine drugs. Purified ephedrine is very potent, and a common North American practice of adding it to diet formulas is potentially dangerous because ephedrine can raise blood pressure if used over a long period, and can even cause cardiac arrythmias. However, when used in its native, non-purified form, the dried herb is much safer and very popular in traditional Chinese medicine for dispersing conditions characterized by wind and cold, such as chills, fever, headache, cough and wheezing. Very hardy; prefers dry, well-drained location with full sun exposure. Ht. 30cm/12in. Perennial (hardy in zones 5-8).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM110 Green Ephedra Ephedra viridis
(Mormon tea; Desert tea; Joint-fir) Reported to contain some ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, both potent central nervous system stimulants. Indigeneous folk remedy for colds and headache, and for urinary and venereal diseases. California Indians so cherished the tea for general use that it was always available. Pleasant thirst-quenching tea. Perennial (hardy in zones 4-7).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM402 Fireweed Epilobium Angustifolium
A versatile perennial that offers beauty as well as value as a medicinal herb. The perennial has slender upright spikes of flowers in shades of rosy pink in the months of June to September. It gets its name from the fact that it is often the first weed to colonize in an area that has been destroyed by fire.
Other common names include: Willow Herb, Rosebay Willowherb, and Yanagiran. Native Americans used the Willowherb plant as a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Medicinally, the herb seeds can also be grown to relieve inflammation, draw out infection in wounds, and to treat burns.
Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies, and Fireweed honey has become quite sought after. Fireweed seeds do best with a cold/moist treatment for 4 weeks prior to planting, or directly sow the herb seeds outdoors in the fall.
 1mg ( over 100 seeds ) $2.95
H423 Indian Arrowroot Euonymus
A small tree growing to 6 ft. with smooth bark and purple tinged leaves and purple flowers. A decoction made from the bark will stimulate the appetite and flow of gastric juices. Also good for liver disorders. To make the decoction, use one ounce dry crushed bark per pint of water.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
3377 Gopher Spurge Euphorbia latyrus
It is an erect biennial plant growing about 3-4 feet tall, with a glaucous blue-green stem. The leaves are arranged in decussate opposite pairs, and are lanceolate, glaucous blue-green with a waxy texture and pale greenish-white midrib and veins. The flowers are green to yellow-green, with no petals. The seeds are green ripening brown or grey, produced in globular clusters.
It grows in partial shade to full sun in USDA zones 5–9. The Mole Plant is sold by some nurseries as it is believed to repel moles.
It is used in folk medicine as a poison, antiseptic, and a purgative. It is used as a folk remedy for cancer, corns, and warts.
All parts of the plant, including the seeds and roots are poisonous. Handling may cause skin irritation as the plant produces latex. While poisonous to humans and most livestock, goats sometimes eat it and are immune to the toxin. However, the toxin can be passed through the goat's milk.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
H540 Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria
An herbal answer to aspirin that will not upset the stomach. An infusion made by steeping two teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes can relieve discomfort due to fever, respiratory problems and arthritis. This infusion should not be given to children. The plant has very fragrant leaves that made a delicious herbal tea that is good for headaches. A hardy perennial that grows 4-6 ft.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
TRM131 Dropwort Filpendula vulgaris
A perennial plant for zone 4-9. Charmingly informal white flowers decorate the dropwort from late spring to mid-summer. A relative of meadowsweet, it is more tolerant of dry conditions than other members of its family, preferring a well-drained site in full sun. It is a favourite of gardeners for its ferny leaves and clusters of bloom, mixing well with other unfussy perennial blooms in cottage and meadow gardens. Deer will generally leave it alone, as will other pests. It is sometimes bothered by powdery mildew, but in general is a healthy plant. According to Culpeper, the root powder in white wine is a good remedy for kidney afflictions. Dyers can use a copper mordant to derive a black dye from the roots, and the flowers and leaves can be dried to use in potpourris.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM247 Monument Plant Frasera speciosa
Also known as Deer’s Ears. A stunning, large perennial, native to the North American continent where it grows in moist regions in the western USA and northern Mexico. It produces a large rosette of oval, keeled leaves to 50 cm long for several years before eventually developing a tall inflorescence with beautiful green-white flowers.
The plant is known for having a variety of applications in traditional medicine and makes an outstanding ornamental for temperate regions in USDA Zones 3 and above.
 5m package ( about 20-25 seeds ) $4.95

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TRM138 Clivers Galium aparine
Annual. Also known as Cleavers. Fresh juice or infusion is applied to skin diseases and eruptions with good success. Said to remove freckles. Roots produce a red dye.
 5 seeds $2.95
HR215 Sweet Woodruff Galium odratum
Zone 6-8. Sweet woodruff is a mat-forming perennial that is most often grown as a ground cover in shady areas. Plants typically grow 8-12" tall and feature fragrant, lance-shaped, dark green leaves in whorls of 6-8 along square stems. Small, fragrant, 4-petaled, white flowers appear in loose cymes in spring. Plants emit a strong odor of freshly mown hay when foliage is crushed or cut. Aromatic intensity of the foliage increases when dried, thus dried leaves are popularly used in sachets or potpourris. Plants have also been used commercially in perfumes. Leaves are sometimes used to flavor teas and cold fruit drinks. Leaves are also used to make May wine, a punch made from white wine flavored with woodruff, orange and pineapple. Woodruff comes from Old English meaning wood that unravels, in probable reference to the creeping rootstock of the plant. Formerly known as Asperula odorata.
 20 seeds $2.15
 250 seeds $14.95
TRM085 Yellow Bedstraw Galium verum
Also known as Lady's Bedstraw. Tops and roots are sources of yellow and red dyes. Decoction is useful for bladder and kidney complaints, and has the ability to curdle milk (hence its other name, cheese rennet). A perennial hardy in zones 3-8.
 20 seeds $2.95
TRM076 Dyer's Broom Genista tinctoria
Perennial (hardy in zones 4-7 ). The Dyer's Broom (Genista tinctoria, Linn.) is a small shrubby plant with narrow, pointed leaves and yellow flowers, growing in meadows, pastures and heaths and on the borders of fields, not uncommon in England but rare in Scotland. It is wild throughout Europe and established on barren hills and on roadsides in the eastern states of North America. It is also cultivated in greenhouses in the United States, on account of its profusion of yellow papilionaceous flowers.
All parts of the plant, but especially the flowering tops, yield a good yellow dye, and from the earliest times have been used by dyers for producing this colour, especially for wool; combined with woad, an excellent green is yielded, the colour being fixed with alum, cream of tartar and sulphate of lime. In some parts of England, the plant used to be collected in large quantities by the poor and sold to the dyers.
Tournefort (1708) describes the process of dyeing linen, woollen, cloth or leather by the use of this plant, which he saw in the island of Samos. It is still applied to the same purpose in some of the Grecian islands. The Romans employed it for dyeing, and it is described by several of their writers.
The plant is called in French Genet des Teinturiers and in German Farberginster. Its English name in the fourteenth century was Wede-wixin, or Woud-wix, which later became Woad Waxen. We find it also called Green Weed and Dyer's Weed.
It has diuretic, cathartic and emetic properties and both flower tops and seeds have been used medicinally, though it has never been an official drug.
The powdered seeds operate as a mild purgative, and a decoction of the plant has been used medicinally as a remedy in dropsy and is stated to have proved effective in gout and rheumatism, being taken in wineglassful doses three or four times a day.
The ashes form an alkaline salt, which has also been used as a remedy in dropsy and other diseases.
In the fourteenth century it was used, as well as Broom, to make an ointment called Unguentum geneste, ''goud for alle could goutes', etc. The seed was also used in a plaster for broken limbs.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM401 Spotted Gentian Gentiana Punctata
This unique herb is known for its bitter root. The herb has a long medicinal use in the treatment of digestive disorders. The clumping perennial has yellow flowers that are freckled and veined and without stalks. Bees and butterflies are pollinators that enjoy the Spotted Gentian herb. Typically, Spotted Gentian will bloom in late summer and will die back in winter.
Gentian herb plants are not picky about soil type, but they do require a moist but well-drained soil. Spotted Gentian grows better in the north where temperatures are more moderate in the summer. In areas with hot summers, partial shade is needed.
How To Grow Spotted Gentian Plants: Gentian seeds require some patience in getting them to germinate. There are two recommended methods for starting the seed. First method, in the spring, mix the herb seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for two months. Second method, in the fall place the Gentian seeds in starter trays with seed starter mix that has been moistened. Cover the trays with glass or plastic to help keep the moisture in. Place the trays in a cold frame outdoors or place the flat in a protected area outdoors. Gentian seedlings can be transplanted into their permanent place either in spring or fall. Gentian plants require moist, humus soil that drains well.
 10 seeds $2.95
3421 Avens Geum urbanum
A perennial for zones 5-9. Once known as the herba benedicta, the blessed herb. In the Middle Ages the plant was thought to evoke the presence of Christ and offer protection against evil influence. It appears as a decorative feature in the stonework and stained glass of Medieval cathedrals, the three leaves symbolizing the Trinity, and the five-petalled flowers the five wounds of the crucifixion. Medicinally it is thought to be beneficial against stomach upset, and as an external application to wounds. It contains tannins that give it an astringent, anti-inflammatory effect. Native to Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean, it is a perennial with small yellow flowers borne on thin wiry stems, preferring rich moist soil in shade. The root has a clove scent, and was much prized as a flavouring for ale and stews. Medieval gardeners would only harvest the root on March 25, and only under certain conditions, but for modern usage the root can be harvested anytime in the spring and used fresh or dried.
 150mg ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
H775 Russian Licorice Glycyrrhiza echinata
This plant is the source of the famous Russian Licorice. It has far too many medicinal values to be listed in these pages. Consult a good herbal book for uses.
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TRM421 Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra
A perennial for zones 7-10. The source of most commercial licorice used in the making of candy, liquor, and as a sweetner for herb tea. Extracts flavour tobacco, beer, soft drinks and pharmaceutical products. Powerful anti-inflammatory properties effective for arthritis, gastritis, canker sores. Also a mild laxative. 3 year old roots are harvested in the autumn.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
TRM420 Chinese Licorice Glycyrrhiza uralensis
A perennial for zones 9-10. (Gan-cao) The most commonly used Chinese medicinal herb,occuring in almost all prescriptions, its use being associated with longevity. The sweet tonic herb is an expectorant, neutralizes toxins and balances blood sugar levels.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
TRM234 Wild Cotton ( Gomphocarpus cancellatus )
This is an elegant bush, which in the sterile state resembles a protea bush. The flowers are accumulated in dense spherical balls making it an attractive accent plant for any garden or as a nice patio plant in containers. The flowers produce plentiful amounts of nectar which will attract a lot of butterflys.
An easy to grow plant that can be grown as an annual, biennial or perennial depending on zone. The leaves are broadly egg-shaped, rounded at the base with a sharp point, slightly fleshy or leathery and with a shiny surface. The branches, stems and leaves vary from glabrous to velvety-hairy. Up to 30 flowers are carried in dense, ball-shaped inflorescences. The flower petals are pale mauve, green or grayish on the outside and cream to white on the inside. The center of the flower carries the five ivory-colored, boat-shaped coronal lobes.
The long-lasting follicles (fruit) have also found their way into the floral industry and are widely used in floral arrangements. It has potential for cultivation for the cut-flower industry, for its fruit, and as greenery. For zones 8-11 outside.
Despite the numerous common names, very little about the traditional use of Gomphocarpus cancellatus is known. The plants contain an alkaloid which has been regarded as a substitute for quinine. The roots are used as a medicine for various stomach ailments.
Gomphocarpus and the closely related genus, Asclepias, are well known in their use as muthi (indigenous medicine). The ground leaves of G. fruticosus and G. physocarpus are used for a snuff to treat headaches. It is also used in the treatment of tuberculosis and as an emetic to strengthen the body. G. fruticosus is used to relieve stomach pains and general pains throughout the body. Powdered infusions of Asclepias syrica and A. tuberosa have been used in Europe and the US for relief of asthma, typhus fever, coughs and pain.
The possibility of using the milky latex for rubber-making has been proposed but has not received any further investigation.
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3388 Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
A decidious Shrub growing to 16 feet by 15 feet at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower from Sep to November, making it one of the last woody plants to flower, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September.
Flowers have a spicy scent, the clear yellow fall leaf color is a nice touch in lawns. Ornamental Uses: Good for borders, naturalistic areas, for late fall bloom effect and fragrance, shady areas, and for fall color of foliage.
Medicinal Uses: Witch hazel bark is a traditional herb of the North American Indians who used it to heal wounds. The bark and leaves were used by native Americans in the treatment of external inflammations. Pond's Extract was a popular distillation of the bark in dilute alcohol.
 10 seeds $2.95
3463 Italian Everlasting ( Curry Plant ) Helichrysum italicum
As the name suggests, the narrow, silvery-grey leaves of this splendid, dense, dwarf sub-shrub smell strongly of curry. Though the leaves are edible, it is really not used for cooking, rather for it's ornamental appeal and the essential oil derived from the plant.
An easy to care for perennial that prefers poor soil and will thrive in rock gardens and xeriscapes. Helichrysum italicum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide.
It is hardy to zone 8 and is not frost tender. It features silver gray leaves, yellow blooms, fragrant foliage, heat and drought tolerant qualities.
It is the source for the famouse Helichrysum Essential Oil.
Plants live on average for 4-6 years, does well in zones 8-11.

Herbal Uses: Helichrysum offers powerful tissue regeneration properties, and aids in the formation of scar tissue. European researchers have found that the helichrysum oil can reduce tissue pain, improve overall skin conditions, increase circulatory function, reduce cholesterol, stimulate liver cell activity, and reduce skin discoloration and scarring. It is a known mucolytic, antifungal, expectorant, anticoagulant, antispasmodic and anticatarrhal.

Essential Oil Uses: Extensive use as an essential for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Particularly used for the treatment of skin conditions and liver ailments. The essential oil has known antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, cholagogue, cicatrizant, astringent, diuretic, hepatic, nervine and stimulant properties.

  1mg Package ( about 25-40 seeds ) $2.25
TRM155 Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens
No Victorian home or garden was complete without a smattering of heliotrope plants. They were probably charmed by its habit of always turning to face the sun; east to west during the day, and back to the east during the night so that it can meet the dawn when it comes. Both the Greek name heliotrope (helios for sun, and tropein, to turn) and the old English name turnsole refer to this tendency.
Well loved for their sweet scented violet-blue flowers, they are still favourites as pot plants or outdoor bedding plants. They are cultivated for perfumery and for scenting bath waters. In the past it has been used for "clergyman's sore throat" according to Mrs. Grieve in The Modern Herbal (1931); however, the plant contains potent alkaloids that render it difficult to use safely. Native to Peru, heliotrope prefers a rich, well-drained soil in full sun. It is attractive to butterflies and bees.
The plant requires a moist soil, but should not be overwatered, which weakens the scent. Ideal for windowboxes or hanging baskets; anywhere the lovely vanilla and cherry scent can be best appreciated!
Jim's Note: Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11. In cooler zones, grow as a summer bedding annual, in containers or as a houseplant. Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants appreciate some afternoon shade in hot summer climates however. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Start seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost date. Set out plants after last frost date. Pinch back stems to encourage bushy growth. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Bedding plants can be allowed to die each fall, with new plants raised from seed each spring. Larger potted or container plants may be overwintered in bright cool (50s) locations. Cuttings can be taken from garden plants in late summer for overwintering if desired.
 25 seeds $2.95
ISO001 Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis
Hardy in zones 4-8, somewhat difficult to germinate, but a must have plant for your medicinal garden. North American woodplant plant becoming increasingly rare due to its popularity for many internal and external conditions. Contains the alkaloid hydrastine which acts on the mucous membranes to alleviate catarrhal conditions such as sore gums, gastritis, nasal congestion, etc. Difficult to raise from seeds; best sown outdoors in autumn. Germination is typically low, and often takes 2 winters to complete.
Intense golden-yellow root is used for its astringent, cleansing qualities. Fights infection. General tonic.
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H848 St. John's Wort Hypericum
A beautiful herbaceous perennial growing 1-3 ft. in almost any type soil. Has bright, cheerful flowers from June to August. Has been used medicinally for treatment of urine problems, diarrhea, hysteria, depression, hemorrhages, jaundice and more. Cannot ship to NV, OR, CA, CO, MT, HI, ID, MO
  Package of 100 seeds $2.50
H048 Bitter Candyturf Iberis amara
A very attractive annual fo the garden. Its very bitter parts have long been used in homeopathy. Has been used in the past for gout, dropsy, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis and much more.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
3338 Yerba Mate Ilex paraguayensis
Grow you own Yerba Mate and enjoy this popular South American tea as an alternative beverage to coffee. In Latin America, Yerba Mate is the beverage of choice and has a smoother taste than green tea, plus it?s loaded with antioxidants. The plant itself makes a wonderful potted plant for its graceful full-leafed branches. Under warm temperatures, it grows throughout the year, even in the north as a potted plant with flowers arriving during the winter/spring months. The leaves can be harvested once the plant is established. Grow in full sun with temperature above 65° for fastest growth. Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors. Yerba mate was has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay. In the early 16th century, Juan de Solís, a Spanish explorer of South America's famed La Plata River, reported that the Guarani Indians of Paraguay brewed a leaf tea that "produced exhilaration and relief from fatigue." The Spaniards tried the beverage and liked it. Their subsequent demand for the tea led the Jesuits to develop plantations of the wild species in Paraguay and yerba mate became known as "Jesuits' tea" or "Paraguay tea." Methods of leaf preparation for the traditional tea beverage vary then and now: in one method, the branches are cut, then held over an open fire (to fire-cure the leaves). This deactivates the enzymes in the leaves (making them more brittle) and the green color of the leaves is retained in the subsequent drying process (with charred bits often found in the resulting tea product, which lends to a smoky flavor). Other methods include a brief par-blanching of the leaves in boiling water (to deactivate the leaf enzymes and soften its leathery texture). They then are toasted dry in large pans over a fire or inside a brick oven-resulting in a finished brown-leaf tea. The wild plant has a distinct aroma and taste that has not been matched by plantation cultivation. In South America yerba mate is considered a national drink in several countries; in Europe, it is called "the green gold of the Indios." In Brazil and Paraguay (leading exporters of mate), some production still comes from wild stands-most of which is found in the humid depressions of the foothills. It is not unusual for one wild tree to yield 30-40 kg of dried leaves annually. In wild harvesting, mate gatherers, called tarrafeiros or yebateros, travel through the jungle searching for a stand of trees (called a mancha). Harvesting is done between May and October, when the tree is in full leaf. Leaves are picked from the same tree only every third year, which protects it for subsequent crops. Most of the mate in commerce today, however, comes from large cultivation projects in Paraguay and Uruguay. The word mate is Spanish for "gourd," and refers to the small gourd cup in which the tea beverage traditionally is served throughout South America. It is also served with a metal drinking straw or tube, called a bombilla, which has a filter attached to the lower end to strain out leaf fragments. The bottom third of the gourd is filled with fire-burned or toasted leaves, and hot water is added. Burnt sugar, lemon juice, and/or milk often is used to flavor the refreshing tea, which occupies a position rivaling that of coffee in the United States. Mate bars are as prevalent in South America as coffee bars are in North America and Europe; mate drinking has deep cultural roots. In addition to its standing as a popular beverage, yerba mate is used as a tonic, diuretic, and as a stimulant to reduce fatigue, suppress appetite, and aid gastric function in herbal medicine systems throughout South America. It also has been used as a depurative (to promote cleansing and excretion of waste). In Brazil, mate is said to stimulate the nervous and muscular systems and is used for digestive problems, renal colic, nerve pain, depression, fatigue, and obesity. A poultice of the leaves also is applied topically to anthrax skin ulcers (for which mate's tannin content - highly astringent - may be the reasoning behind this use).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM292 Indigo Indigofera tinctoria
Ancient dyeplant known for the clarity and fastness of the blue produced. Leaves contain indican which must be oxidized by fermentation to produce the dye. Fresh herbage (strongest when in flower) is steeped in water for 12-48 hours with frequent stirring. A blue sediment will form which is the dye. Needs long growing season. Annual plant.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RHC233 Purple Deadnettle ( Lamium purpureum )
(Purple archangel) Useful frontal plant, pinky purple flowers, will overun borders in early spring with color, grows 12 inches tall, hardy to zone 4.
Attractive beeplant and medicinal herb with purple-tinged foliage and purple-red flowers. Unlike its nasty distant cousin, the stinging nettle, this nettle does not sting which explains the name. Flowers and foliage stop hemorrhages; tea is useful against chills as it acts on the kidneys and induces sweating.
  250 Seed Package $9.95
H181 Creosote Bush
Larrea tridentata
Also known as Chaparral. A perennial for zones 7-9. A deep green resinous shrub that is aromatic. The buds of the plant can be pickled like capers and a valuable medicinal tea is made from the leaves.
  250mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $1.95
HR154 Lavender Lady Lavandula angustifolia
Perennial plants flower in first season. Use for bedding plants, borders in containers or in rock gardens. Delightful lavender fragrance. Lavender has been used to treat lung, sinus and vaginal infections, including candida. It is an excellent treatment for laryngitis and asthma. It relieves muscle pain, headaches, insect bites, cystitis and other inflammation. It also treats digestive disturbances, including colic, and helps boost immunity
  Package of 20 seeds $1.75
2259 Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca
Perennial. Traditional female tonic from puberty to menopause. Tiny pink flowers on leafy spires make this plant magnificent in full flower. Medicinal: Flowering tops are used to regulate menstruation and treat functional infertility. Emotional balancer, stress reliever.
 50mg Package ( about 40-50 ) seeds $2.25
TRM431 Chinese Motherwort
Leonurus japonicus
(Yi mu cao) One of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. As its name suggests it is an invaluable aid to mothers, helping to regulate menstruation, ease post-partum pain and bleeding, and to help to eject the placenta.
It is used as an emmenagogue (increases milk flow) and helps to relieve PMS. It is also considered the number one herb in Chinese medicine for the treatment of infertility. A tall annual or biennial, easy to grow from seeds.
  3mg pack ( about 10 ) Seeds $2.95
TRM422 Lespedeza
Lespedeza capitata
A hardy perennial for zones 5-10. Also known as Round-headed bush clover. Medical evidence shows plant has antitumour activity and lowers blood cholesterol. Amerindians burned dried stems on skin to relieve neuralgia and rheumatism.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
TRM423 Manuka
Leptospermum scoparium
A perennial for zones 9-10 or inside in warm greenhouses. Attractive New Zealand shrub called the Tea Plant by Captain Cook because of the agreeably bitter tea his men made from the leaves. Traditional Maori remedy for kidney and bladder complaints, and to combat the miseries of the common cold.
  8mg ( over a hundred tiny seeds ) Package $3.50
JF216 Cancer Bush Lessertia frutescens
A perennial plant for zone 11, or can be grown inside in large tubs. South African shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves used to treat cancer. Currently in clinical trials for cancer and AIDS. Infusion made from the leaves is a traditional remedy for fever, chicken pox, flu, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, and stomach and liver problems. Also makes an excellent wash for wounds. Red-orange flowers appear in spring. Seed capsules resemble balloons; attractive for dried flower arrangements. Soak seeds 3 hours before sowing to soften hard seed coat. Requires full sun, sandy loam. Grows about 5 feet tall.
 Package of 5 seeds $3.95
H119 Chinese Wolfberry Lycium barbatum
A graceful shrub that bears large edible berries. The leaves are also edible when fresh and used in salads. A wine is made from the fruit that is said to prolong life. A perennial for zones 5-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
RLP073 White Kunzea Kunzea ambigua
Kunzea ambigua, commonly known as the White Kunzea, Poverty Bush or Tick Bush, is a common shrub of the myrtaceae family found mainly on sandstone soils in eastern Australia. Growing up to 5 m (16 ft) high and wide, it bears small white flowers in spring. Used in native gardening, it attracts native insects. It is also used in amenities planting and sand dune stabilization.
Under cultivation K. ambigua grows into a handsome shrub which attracts numerous birds and bees when in flower. It adapts to many situations and may be used as a background shrub, for screening or as a feature plant.
Makes a colorful hedge plant or background specimen. Hardy for zones 8-10.
Native animals are said to be often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites - hence its popular name of "tick bush".
Kunzea Essential Oil is made from this plant. Over recent years, a good number of anecdotal reports have been reported relative to the therapeutic benefits of Kunzea essential oil in a variety of common complaints.
This has led to Kunzea oil having been listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration for the following approved therapeutic claims:
For the temporary relief of the pain of arthritis and rheumatism; relief of the symptoms of influenza; relief of muscular aches and pains; helps relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety.
 150mg pack ( hundreds of tiny seeds ) $2.95
TRM427 Maralroot
Leuzea carthamoides
Siberian perennial with remarkable metabolic and tonic effects. Has been studied by Russian scientists used in the Russian athletic training program for decades. A potent "adaptogen" that helps athletes increases endurance, reflexes an concentration, and helps them to recover faster from exertion.
Studies show that the root extract greatly increases the work capacity of muscles and normalizes blood sugar levels quickly after exertion, and improves memory and learning. Contains ecdysteroids which have anabolic-like growth promoting effects without the side effects associated with drugs.
Violet flowers appear in the second year, reaching 30-60in in height. Grows in deep, well-drained fertile soil in full sun. Very hardy.
Perennial (hardy in zones 2-7)
  10 Seeds $2.95
D1717 Osage Orange ( Maclura )
A fast growing shrub often grown as a hedge. Pretty foliage with greenish flowers. Good as a background or border plant.
Recent research suggests that elemol, another component extractable from the fruit, shows promise as a mosquito repellent with similar activity to DEET in contact and residual repellency. Notes:The Osage-orange is commonly used as a tree row windbreak in prairie states, which gives it one of its colloquial names, "hedge apple". It was one of the primary trees used in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Great Plains Shelterbelt" WPA project, which was launched in 1934 as an ambitious plan to modify weather and prevent soil erosion in the Great Plains states, and by 1942 resulted in the planting of 30,233 shelterbelts containing 220 million trees that stretched for 18,600 miles (29,900 km). The sharp-thorned trees were also planted as cattle-deterring hedges before the introduction of barbed wire and afterward became an important source of fence posts. The heavy, close-grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, treenails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally stable wood that withstands rot. Straight-grained osage timber (most is knotty and twisted) makes very good bows. In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket. Additionally, a yellow-orange dye can be extracted from the wood, which can be used as a substitute for fustic and aniline dyes. When dried, the wood has the highest BTU content of any wood, and burns long and hot. Today, the fruit is sometimes used to deter spiders, cockroaches, boxelder bugs, crickets, fleas, and other arthropods.
Leaves turn bright yellow in fall, thorny branches, bears inedible round fruit 3-5" in diameter. The fruit is prized for it's ability to repel insects and spiders when scattered around home foundations. The crushed fruits of this plant are said to attract and kill cockroaches. Can be raised as container plant in northern states.
The wood is sought after for recurve bow making. Both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The ratio of male/female plants the seeds produce is up to mother nature, but a pack of 10 seeds always produces a mix of male/female plants in all of our previous field trials. Can be grown in zones 4-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.45
H530 Mayweed Matricaria chamomilla
A gorgeous plant with fern-like foliage and white daisy-like flowers. The leaves make a relaxing bed-time tea.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
TRM429 Chinese Mallow
Malva verticillata
(Ye kui) Edible plant with traditional use as a medicinal herb. The leaves are tender and make a very nice alternative to lettuce in salads. The flavour is mild and very pleasant. Compared to lettuce, a plant like this with abundant leaves for the taking makes a lot more sense for gardens.
The seeds too are edible; when green and immature they have a nice nutty taste and can be cooked or eaten raw though they are a bit of a chore to harvest. Medicinally, the plant contains mucilage and is used for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and laxative properties.
Perennial hardy to zone 6.
  5 Seeds $2.95
1A009 Medico Alfalfa Medicago sativa
This strain of alfalfa can be made into a tea by placing two teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water and soaking for 15 minutes. This tea is used to treat arthritis, boils, digestive disorders, urinary tract infections and bowel disorders. The chlorophyll in this brew will also dispatch of bad breath. Eating the sprouts in salads is also very beneficial.
  Small pack. $1.95
H870 Sweet Clover Melilotus officinalis
Used medicinally to prevent blood clotting and for poultices and salves. Also said to useful in treating arthritis and rheumatism.
 1.5g Package ( about 200 seeds )$2.00
H575 Mentha piperita and viridis
The familiar spearmint and peppermint are derived from these herbs. A much preferred aromatic. A tea is prepared by pouring boiling water over fresh or dried leaves and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. Let steep for 15 minutes. It will relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, indigestion and rheumatic pains. The plants are a hardy perennial.
  Package of 25 seeds $1.95
TRM285 Wild Squill, Blue Squill Merwilla plumbea
An exquisite perennial that produces an upright rosette of large, broad, slightly keeled leaves from a large, underground bulb. The solitary inflorescence grows to about 3 feet tall and holds countless, star-shaped, scented, blue flowers.
A highly sought after species that has been exploited over most of its range for medicinal use. Individuals are long-lived, the average age of mature individuals is suspected to be 25 years.
Merwilla plumbea is native to southern Africa where it is found in a variety of usually moister habitats. In cultivation it adapts well to most warm temperate climates. Seeds germinate quickly but seedlings resent disturbance. Can be container grown in cooler climates, but always start in 2-3 gallon size tubs to allow room for bulb to grow.
Merwilla plumbea has shown itself to be selectively toxic to mammals. It is said to be poisonous to stock, particularly when the young leaves appear in spring. Experiments on sheep, using fresh bulb as a drench, proved fatal to the sheep, yet it has been proven an ineffective rat poison. It is apparently toxic to man when raw, even the sap is reported to burn the skin, and for any preparations taken internally the plant must first be heated. This plant should be treated with extreme caution, as taking any part of it internally is potentially fatal. The bulb is used medicinally in South Africa and is one of the most popularly traded muthi (meaning traditional medicine and pronounced moo-tea) items in KwaZulu-Natal. Warmed fresh bulb scales, slightly burned bulb scales and decoctions of the bulb are used externally as ointments for wound-healing, to treat sprains, fractures, boils and sores and to draw abscesses. The ash from a burnt plant, and the bulb in powdered form, is rubbed into cuts and scratches, and over sprains and fractures. Decoctions are taken as enemas for female infertility and to enhance male potency and libido. It is also known to be used as a purgative, a laxative and for internal tumours, and is used in conjunction with other ingredients in infusions taken during pregnancy to facilitate delivery and in treatments for chest pain and kidney troubles. It is also an ingredient in a medicinal preparation for cattle suffering from lung sickness. It has magical properties for the Tswana who rub the powdered bulb into the back, joints and other body parts to increase their strength and resistance to witchcraft. The plant appears to have significant analgesic and antimicrobial activity, and phytochemical studies have found that it contains compounds known to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic properties which would support its use for the treatment of strains, sprains and cancers. Although its effect on sheep appears similar to that caused by cardiac glycoside poisoning, whether or not it contains the same heart glycosides found in the closely related genera of Drimia and Urginea remains to be determined.
In habitat, Merwilla is increasingly threatened by large scale collection of the bulbs for traditional medicine. It appears to be hardy to Zone 7, the foliage will die after frost, but grow back from mature bulb the following spring.
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2249 Bee Balm Panorama Mix Monarda didyma
Eye-catching edible blooms. Popular in perennial flower gardens. Medicinal: Aerial parts in infusions to improve digestion. Leaves and blooms contain thymol-related antibiotic-antiseptic compounds. Citrus-scented leaves and flowers make a pleasant, soothing tisane. Young leaf tips and flowers improve appearance and taste of salads. A a showy mixture of scarlet, pink, salmon and crimson colors.
  15mg Package ( about 40 seeds ) $2.45
TRM166 Wild Bitter Melon Momordica charantia
A tropical vine with long, slender shoots, deeply lobed leaves and warty, oblong fruits that are edible when young and green but turn very bitter when mature and yellow. When fully ripe, the fruits break open to reveal seeds covered in soft, bright red and edible, sweet pulp. The plant has a wide array of medicinal properties and studies show that it could be effective against diabetes, cancer, HIV and malaria. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
2256 Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa
Perennial. Bright lavender blooms with a spicy scent. Used by Native Americans to soothe bronchial complaints and ease colds
  Package of 50+ seeds $2.45
H757 Russian Mulberry Morus
A handsome tree growing to 30 ft. with loads of delicious berries. Fresh fruits are said to be good for afflictions of the mouth. A strong wine made from the fruits is very good for the blood.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
TRM426 Greek Myrtle
Myrtus communis
An evergreen perennial that is hardy in zones 8-10, it is often grown in containers as a houseplant or patio plant.
This classic evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean. Fragrant white flowers and leaves are used in potpourri. Spicy leaves can be used in cooking like bay leaf. Essential oil is used for fragrance. Lovely house plant.
A broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. It typically grows to 5-6' tall ( smaller in containers ), but may reach 15-20' over time. Pointed, glossy dark green leaves to 2" long are strongly aromatic when bruised.
White aromatic flowers (3/4") with many yellow tipped stamens bloom in late spring/summer (May-July). Flowers are followed by blue-black berries.
Berries are edible and may be eaten raw, but are at best moderately tasteful. Dried flowers, leaves and fruits are used to flavor foods. Leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for bay leaves. Fresh flowers may be added to salads. Wood and leaves are added to charcoal to flavor grilled meats.
Dormant seeds are a bit more difficult than other seeds, but follow instructions on seed packet and you should have no problems.
  10 Seeds $2.95
H612 Nutmeg Flower, Black Cumin Nigella sativa
A very pretty and aromatic plant with large blue flowers. Has a lemon-carrot scent and is placed among clothes to repel insects. Has many medicinal uses.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
H251 Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis
A biennial plant for zones 4-8, found in dry meadows and along roadsides. Has lemon scented yellow flowers. An infusion of the plant has stimulating effect on the liver, spleen and digestive system. Has often been used to treat mental depression.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
ISO003 Asiatic Ginseng Panax ginseng
Perennial in zones 4-8. Also known as Korean ginseng. The true ginseng of the Orient. Unlike the American species, which dissipates heat, and strengthens yin, Asiatic ginseng warms and strengthens the chi. It is usually prescribed to the elderly, mentally or physically exhausted, or to convalescents, while American ginseng is given to younger people.
The panoply of beneficial effects attributed to Asiatic ginseng includes: vitalizes organs, calms the nerves, stops anxiety palpitations, brightens vision, increases intellect, and prolongs life. Steaming the roots produces the red form favoured by the Koreans; the Chinese prefer the white form preserved in syrup or simply dried. Hardy perennial cultivated like American ginseng except it does not like added fertilizer which turns the roots red.

Note: These are fresh seeds and will need to be cold stratified before sowing.

  Package of 10 seeds $4.95
ISO002 American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius
Perennial hardy in zones 4-8. Famous invigorating, rejunvenating tonic. Native of cool hardwood forests throughout eastern and central North America. It has become extinct in many areas and is now cultivated to a large extent in British Columbia, Ontario and Wisconsin. Seeds are planted in hardwood forests or in specially prepared beds anytime from Sept. until the ground freezes. The following spring, the seedlings appear, and in 3 to 6 years they mature.
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TRM525 Wild Quinine Parthenium integrifolium
American prairie native used medicinally by Indians. Diuretic for kidney and bladder complaints, and for gonorrhea. There is evidence it may have immune- enhancing properties like echinacea (to which it is a common adulterant).
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM080 Butterbur Petasites hybridus
A perennial hardy in zones 4-9. Clinical studies show that it significantly reduces the risk of migraine attack, and relieves asthma and chronic bronchitis. New research shows that it relieves the symptoms of hay fever and other seasonal allergies without the drowsiness that antihistamine drugs cause. Traditionally used since the Middle Ages for whooping cough and as a mucus-reducing cough remedy. Prefers wet locations. Purple-rose flowers in spring. Ht. 1m/3ft.
 20 seeds $2.95
TRM424 Chinese Lantern
Physalis alkekengi
An easy to grow perennial that is normally grown as an annual as it re-seeds easily. Edible berries are borne inside fascinating orange chinese lantern-like calyces. Berries are eaten raw, or in preserves and pies. Recommended for fevers and gout.
  5 Seeds $2.75
TRM238 South African Camel Foot Piliostigma thonningii
This is a deciduous tree suitable for a large garden. It has large 2-lobed leathery leaves.
The bark is dark brownish grey with a rough surface. A conspicuous feature of the tree is its large, simple, two-lobed, leathery leaves which resemble a camel's foot and account for the common name.
It is widely distributed from Sudan to South Africa. In Mpumalanga it is restricted to the northeastern part but it is more abundant in Limpopo Province in open woodland vegetation.
The fresh leaves and flowers of this tree can be chewed to reduce thirst. Bark infusions are used to treat diarrhoea. Bark fibres of the fresh branches can be used to make ropes used for tying thatch roof structures and to make whips for herding goats and cattle. Bark consists of 18-20% tannin which is used to produce red-brown dye. There is evidence that this plant is used in most African countries by traditional medical practitioners for treating a variety of ailments like ulcers, and gastric and heart pains. Pods and seeds have been used as source of food during famine periods. A powder can be made from the dry pods for making nutritious porridge. Unripe pods can be used as a substitute for soap. Dry pods are roasted and ground into powder, and mixed with tobacco powder and ashes of the red-leaf Amaranthus to make cooking soda (alternative to bicarbonate of soda). This is used for cooking indigenous leafy vegetables such as Corchorus sp., Urera tenax, Pouzolzia mixta and Grewia occidentalis. It is also used as fire wood. It is an excellent shade tree in the savanna woodland areas.
 5 seeds $3.95
H931 Wild Anise Pimpinella anisum
A tea made from crushed anise seeds is said to help respiratory problems such as bronchitis by clearing mucus from the air passages. It is also believed to promote milk production in nursing mothers. The seeds also contain the chemical photanethole which is similar to the female hormone estrogen. The effects of this chemical helps relieve the discomfort of menopause. To make the tea, crush one teaspoon of seeds and place in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes.
 300mg Package ( about 80-100 seeds ) $1.95
TRM082 Burnet Saxifrage Pimpinella saxifraga
Usually grown as an annual, it is really a biennial for zones 6-8. Also known as lesser burnet. A tea made from the root and sweetened with honey was recommended for the bubonic plague! Used for stomach and intestinal inflammations, catarrh, cough and asthma. Produces white flower umbels July to October. Grows best in dry alkaline soil.
 20 seeds $2.95
TRM274 Santiago Leaf Piper peltatum
Sometimes listed as Pothomorphe peltata. This is a large-leaved perennial related to the pepper plant. Highly respected as a medicine plant in Belize for its ability to relieve pain (muscle spasm, headache, and stomachache). Grown for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. As an ornamental, it it can be a beautiful follage plant and makes a great backdrop for any garden. Easily grown from seeds in warm zones 10 and above, can be grown in tubs inside warm greenhouses.
 1mg ( about 10 very small seeds ) $3.95
HT101 Indian Psyllium Plantago ovata
Grow you own tummy relief!
A low growing annual with soft, grass like, hairy leaves. The famous Metamucil laxative is made from the seeds. Used in remedies for constipation and bowel problems.
Mucilaginous seed coats, lubricate and cleanse the intestines, also acting as a mild laxative.
Seed has property of mucilage formation on extraction of moisture.
Psyllium seeds are cooling, laxative, soothing, antiacidic, anti diuretic and demulcent.
Grows well in almost any garden soil.
Industrially used as basic stabilizer in ice-cream, sizing in chocolate, seed mucilage are also used in cosmetics.
  500mg package ( over 100 seeds ) $2.25
FA08 Double Blue Balloon Flower ( Platycodon grandiflorus)
Interesting profuse blue flowers resemble balloons just before opening. Important herb of the Orient, cough remedy is prepared from the roots, the wholesome young foliage added to salads.
Double violet blue flowers, upright stems, summer, sun, great for cutting material, grows about 36" tall, perennial hardy to zone 3.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.95
TRM293 Jacob's Ladder Polemonium caeruleum
A hardy perennial in zones 3-9. Sow seeds Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall.
Leaflets are assembled in ladder form giving the plant it's name. The plant produces cup-shaped, lavender-coloured or white flowers. It is native to temperate regions of Europe. It is also known as Greek Valerian.
The plant was first used as a medicinal herb in ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks used the root to treat dysentery, toothaches and animal bites. The plant was also found in a few European pharmacies during the nineteenth century and was used as an antisyphilitic agent and to treat rabies. Today, the plant is not usually used medically.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRM139 Cinquefoil Potentilla recta
Perennial for zones 4-8. Rhizomes are rich in tannin. Ideal for diarrhea and as a soothing application to burns. Sulphur yellow flowers. Thrives in dry open areas.
Cannot ship to OR.
 25 seeds $2.95
H684 Psyllium Plantago psyllium
A popular remedy for constipation. The mucilaginous seed coat lubricate and cleanse the intestines, acting as a mild laxative.
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TRM527 Papalo Porophyllum ruderale ssp. macrocephalum
Annual. Fabulous herb from Mexico. This is really a type of coriander, only stronger. Leaves possess huge oil glands which give papalo its potent flavour and scent. The flavor gets stronger the older the leaves get. Grows up to 2m (8ft) high, but can be harvested at a much smaller stage when the flavor is milder. In Mexico, used fresh with soups and stews, grilled meats, beans and salads, much like cilantro. Papalo is not cooked, only used fresh or added at the last moment. If you are a cilantro aficionado, this is a must!
 3mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
TRM528 Oxlip Primula elatior
Charming European yellow wildflower similar to cowslip but larger. Root tea stops catarrh and acts to expel phlegm. Attracts butterflies. Excellent for colds and coughs. Perennial (hardy in zones 5-8).
 4mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
TRM135 Cowslip Primula veris
Perennial for zones 5-9. A most attractive English wildflower with bright yellow sweet-smelling, drooping blossoms in early spring. Tea made from any part of the plant was once a common remedy for pain and insomnia.
 25 seeds $2.95
H011 AllHeal Prunella vulgaris
An easy to grow herb for zones 4-9. Grows only 8" tall with beautiful violet blue flower spikes on upright plants.
An infusion is effective medicine for most internal ailments. Also good for external wounds.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
2253 Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum pilosum
Perennial growing 24-36 inches tall. Mint flavor and aroma in abundance. Unlike true mints, Mountain Mint remains true-to-type when grown from seed. While not nearly as invasive as true mint varieties, Mountain Mint will spread. Needs staking in windy locations. Used in potpourri, incense, and as an ingredient in natural insect pest repellent formulas. Medicinal: In tea for indigestion, fevers, and to regulate the menstrual cycle.
  Package of 100+ tiny seeds $2.95
TRM132 Curled Dock Rumex crispus
(Yellow dock) A perennial for zones 4-9. Ointment for skin eruptions and itchy skin is made by boiling roots in vinegar, then mixing softened pulp with lard or petroleum jelly. Various plant parts used with mordants yield yellow, green, gold and tan dyes.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM133 Bloody Dock Rumex sanguineus
(Red-veined dock; Bloodwort) A perennial for zones 4-9. A British native with rosettes of striking light green leaves marked with bright maroon-coloured veins. Very interesting new salad green! Young leaves are used like spinach, fresh in salads or blanched a few seconds in boiling water. Has been used medicinally for cancer and for various blood diseases.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM106 Lyreleaf Sage Salvia lyrata
(Cancerweed) Attractive purple-blue flowers and cleft, dandelion-like leaves. An American folk remedy for cancer, hence its alias "cancerweed." Indians used the roots for sores, and the tea has been used for colds, coughs, nervous conditions. Hardy in zones 6-9, perennial.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM107 Purple Volcano Sage Salvia lyrata "Purple Volcano"
(Cancerweed) Medicinal herb with impressive horticultural potential! Its rich bronze-purple foliage can be used for season-long contrast in virtually any garden setting. Try it in low borders or flower beds next to green or grey plants. Tolerates partial shade well. Used like lyreleaf sage for cancer and other conditions Hardy in zones 5-8, perennial.
 5 seeds $2.95
H135 Clary
Salvia sclarea
The seeds soaked in water will produce a mucilaginous eye bath that will safely remove particles. An attractive plant for the flower garden, it has beautiful, fragrant flowers. Has also been used as a potpourri fixative. A perennial for zones 5-8. Cannot ship to WA
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
H078 Black Elder Sambucus nigra
This herb has long been used to heal hemorrhoid problems. It gives immediate relief. To make a compress, mix the flowers of elder and honeysuckle together and pour boiling milk over them. Let the mixture steep for about 20 minutes. Dip a towel into the mixture and apply to the area of pain. An ointment can be made from the green leaves that is also beneficial to hemorrhoids. Apply the ointment while it is still hot. A perennial for zones 6-8.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
ISO006 Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
A Perennial for zones 3-8. One of our most beautiful woodland wildflowers. Conspicuous white flowers, 2 inches across, appear in early spring. Important dyeplant: roots yield red-orange colour for dyeing wool. Indians dyed their bodies and clothes with bloodroot.
Poisonous! Not to be used without medical supervision.
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NB62 Soapwort Saponaria
A perennial plant for zones 8-10, but can be raised as an annual elsewhere. Excellent shampoos, skin rinses and washes for delicate fabrics can be made by steeping roots in water. Lathers like soap when agitated. Cannot ship to CO
  60mg package of about 40 seeds $2.95
TRM428 Laserwort
Saposhnikovia divaricata
(Fang feng) Important Chinese remedy for colds, fevers and sinus problems, especially those of a persistent "wind-moist" nature. The roots which can be 1" thick are analgesic, antipyretic, and antibacterial. Also used to harmonize the spleen and liver, and to treat migraine and rheumatoid arthritis. Close relative to parsley; aromatic leaves are eaten as a pot-herb in northern China. Grows 12-30" tall.
Perennial (hardy in zones 4-8 )
  10 Seeds $2.95
H760 Scullcap Scutellaria lateriflora
A hardy perennial from Ireland growing to 18" with profusions of violet blue flowers. It is an important Chinese medicine that is prescribe for fevers, colds, hypertension, insomnia, headaches, hepatitis, diphtheira, shingles and more.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
JF215 Live-Forever Plant Sedum telephium
A perennial plant for zones 5-9. Also known as Orpine stonecrop. Fleshy leaves boiled in milk are used to stimulate the kidneys. Also used for diarrhea, piles, hemorrhages, and has a reputation as an anti-cancer herb. The juice mixed with vegetable oil has been used to heal burns. A neat fleshy plant for dry areas and rock gardens; bluish-green leaves and showy crimson flowers.
 Package of 25 seeds $3.95
D8566 Cassabanana Sicana odorifera
Needs hot weather to set fruit, best grown in higher zones. The vine is perennial, herbaceous, fast-growing, heavy, requiring a strong trellis; climbing trees to 50 ft (15 m) or more by means of 4-parted tendrils equipped with adhesive discs that can adhere tightly to the smoothest surface. Young stems are hairy. The leaves are gray-hairy, rounded-cordate or rounded kidney-shaped, to 1 ft wide, deeply indented at the base, 3-lobed, with wavy or toothed margins, on petioles 1 1/2 to 4 3/4 in (4-12 cm) long. Flowers are white or yellow, urn-shaped, 5-lobed, solitary, the male 3/4 in (2 cm) long, the female about 2 in (5 cm) long. Renowned for its strong, sweet, agreeable, melon-like odor, the striking fruit is ellipsoid or nearly cylindrical, sometimes slightly curved; 12 to 24 in (30-60 cm) in length, 2 3/4 to 4 1/2 in (7-11.25 cm) thick, hard-shelled, orange-red, maroon, dark-purple with tinges of violet, or entirely jet-black; smooth and glossy when ripe, with firm, orange-yellow or yellow, cantaloupe-like, tough, juicy flesh, 3/4 in (2 cm) thick. In the central cavity, there is softer pulp, a soft, fleshy core, and numerous flat, oval seeds, 5/8 in (16 mm) long and 1/4 in (6 mm) wide, light-brown bordered with a dark-brown stripe, in tightly-packed rows extending the entire length of the fruit.
The cassabanana is believed native to Brazil but it has been spread throughout tropical America. Historians have evidence that it was cultivated in Ecuador in pre-Hispanic times. It was first mentioned by European writers in 1658 as cultivated and popular in Peru. It is grown near sea-level in Central America but the fruit is carried to markets even up in the highlands. Venezuelans and Brazilians are partial to the vine as an ornamental, but in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico it is grown for the usefulness of the fruit.

In 1903, O.F. Cook saw one fruit in a market in Washington, D.C. The United States Department of Agriculture received seeds from C.A. Miller, the American Consul in Tampico, Mexico, in 1913 (S.P.I. #35136). H.M. Curran collected seeds in Brazil in 1915 (S.P.I. #41665). Wilson Popenoe introduced seeds from Guatemala in 1916 (S.P.I. #43427). The author brought seeds from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, to the Agricultural Research and Education Center, Homestead, in 1951. A resulting vine grew to large size but produced a single 2 ft (60 cm) fruit. Dr. John Thieret, formerly Professor of Botany at Southwestern Louisiana University, says that the Cajuns in the southern part of that state grow the cassabanana for making preserves. Verrill stated in 1937, "The fruit is now on sale in New York markets."
Fenzi says that the cassabanana is grown from seeds or cuttings. A high temperature during the fruiting season is needed to assure perfect ripening. Brazilians train the vine to grow over arbors or they may plant it close to a tree. However, if it is allowed to climb too high up the tree there is the risk that it may smother and kill it. The cassabanana remains in good condition for several months if kept dry and out of the sun.
The fruit has high market value in Puerto Rico. It is cut up and sold by the piece, the price being determined by weight.
The ripe flesh, sliced thin, is eaten raw, especially in the summer when it is appreciated as cooling and refreshing. However, it is mainly used in the kitchen for making jam or other preserves. The immature fruit is cooked as a vegetable or in soup and stews.
People like to keep the fruit around the house, and especially in linen- and clothes-closets, because of its long-lasting fragrance, and they believe that it repels moths. It is also placed on church altars during Holy Week.
Medicinal Uses: In Puerto Rico, the flesh is cut up and steeped in water, with added sugar, overnight at room temperature so that it will ferment slightly. The resultant liquor is sipped frequently and strips of the flesh are eaten, too, to relieve sore throat. It is believed beneficial also to, at the same time, wear a necklace of the seeds around the neck.
The seed infusion is taken in Brazil as a febrifuge, vermifuge, purgative and emmenagogue. The leaves are employed in treating uterine hemorrhages and venereal diseases. In Yucatan, a decoction of leaves and flowers (2 g in 180cc water) is prescribed as a laxative, emmenagogue and vermifuge, with a warning not to make a stronger preparation inasmuch as the seeds and flowers yield a certain amount of hydrocyanic acid.

  Package of 2 seeds $2.00
TRM159 Greek Mountain Tea Sideritis syriaca
Also known as Ironwort, this is a perennial plant hardy for zones 8-10. Traditional tea consumed throughout Greece to treat the common cold. Sold in dried form in most Greek markets worldwide. Sideritis species have proven anti-inflammatory properties; research into anti-arthritic and antimicrobial uses is ongoing. In the wild, plants thrive on sunny, rocky, dry hillsides growing to 50cm/20? with attractive grey-woolly leaves.
 5 seeds $2.95
H842 St. Mary's Milk Thistle Silybum marianum
The boiled flower heads of this plant are said to increase milk supply in nursing mothers. Cannot ship to AR, OR, WA
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TRM529 Indian Nightshade Solanum khasianum
Berries are important commercial source of the glycoalkaloid solasodine, a raw material used for the production of steroidal drugs. Studies on rabbits show it can prevent ovulation. Related species have traditional use for stomach pain and night blindness in rural India. Prickly bush; easy to grow. Perennial hardy in zones 10 and higher, but normally grown as an annual.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM294 Kantikari Solanum xanthocarpum
Annual plant, sow seeds in early spring.
Also known as Yellow-berried nightshade. Spiny, diffuse herb found throughout India. Root is an expectorant; used in Ayurvedic medicine for for cough, asthma, chest pain. Also used for flatulence, sore throat, and toothache. Has high concentration of solasodine, a starting material for the manufacture of cortisone and sex hormones. Bitter fruits are used in Indian curries.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.95
2258 Toothache Plant Spilanthes oleracea
Annual. Lots of small round lemon yellow blooms, glossy leaf, very dainty and fun. The leaves impart a pungent flavor to salads and stimulate the salivary glands. Also known as Toothache plant. Medicinal: Chewing on a leaf numbs the mouth; used for toothaches.
  8mg pack of about 30 seeds $2.95
IM082 Lamb's Ear Stachys lanata
Beautiful silvery-grey felt-like foliage and tiny purplish flowers. A favorite in Heritage Farm's perennial border. Used by settlers to bandage wounds because leaves are absorbent. Cut off stalks when blossoms fade for a second bloom in late summer. Grows 18-24" tall. Perennial in zones 4-9.
  75mg Package ( about 40 seeds ) $1.95
H111 Chickweed Stellaria media
A plant whose leaves are boiled and eaten like spinach. Very high in vitamin C. The infusion from this plant is used for sores, skin affections and blood disorders. Grow as an annual, can be invasive in warm, tropical settings.
  50mg Package ( about 100 seeds ) $2.50
3354 Cancer Bush Sutherlandia frutescens
Sutherlandia frutescens, is a much-respected and long-used medicinal plant that is also an attractive garden plant, and has been cultivated in gardens for many years, for its fine form, striking colour and luminous flowers.Sutherlandia is an attractive small, soft wooded shrublet, 0.5 to 1 m in height.
The leaves are pinnately compound. The leaflets are 4-10 mm long, grey-green in colour, giving the bush a silvery appearance. They have a very bitter taste.
The flowers are orange-red, up to 35 mm long, and are carried in short racemes in the leaf axils at the tips of the branches in spring to mid-summer (September - December). The flowers are not typical 'pea' flowers, the wing petals are very small and are concealed in the calyx, and the standard petal is much shorter than the keel.
The fruit is a large, bladder-like, papery inflated pod and is almost transparent. It can be used in dry flower arrangements as it dries well, maintaining its colour and form.
Sutherlandia is fast growing and easy to grow, but short-lived as a garden subject. It is a tough, hardy plant that does well in full sun and tolerates all soil types. It occurs both in summer and winter rainfall regions, and is quite drought tolerant so does not require much watering. When growing it in containers, make sure that it is well drained and don't over-water. The plant is also quite pest resistant. Plants seed themselves readily, so that as the older plants start to look past their best they can be removed.
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Luckily for us who live in the temperate north, this plant does reasonably well in containerized culture and tends to not get too big. In the wild, the plant can become quite woody and reaches a height of 3 feet. With its loose sprays of compound, gray-green leaves and large, showy, bright scarlet flowers followed by bladder-like inflated seedpods, Cancer Bush is in high demand as a horticultural oddity and decorative garden plant.
 5 seeds $2.95
3449 Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Perennial for zones 3-8. Variety known and used for centuries. Purple, rose or white flowers. Considered by some herbalist's to be the most powerful healing agent in the world. It is an attractive plant that grows to four ft. and prefers damp soil. Comfrey ointment heals almost any kind of sore, bruise or abrasion. A tincture made of Comfrey works just as well. Powdered comfrey root is used in healing fractures. Also very helpful in healing burns. A tea made from dry leaves is helpful for internal ailments.
 5 seeds $2.95
2252 Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida
Tender Perennial, hardy to zone 8. Aromatic leaves are a substitute for French Tarragon. Pretty, golden yellow flowers bloom in flat-topped clusters throughout the summer. Dry the flowers and slender leaves to make a delicious tea popular in Latin America or use fresh leaves in recipes calling for tarragon. Thrives in warmer climates where French tarragon will not grow. Can be potted and wintered over indoors in cool climates. Medicinal: Stimulant and diuretic. Improves digestion. 80-90 days to harvest when started indoors.
  10mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.45
HT107 Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
This familiar weed is also a very useful herb. Can be eaten as a potherb, it has been used for bile secretion, lowering blood pressure, urinary infections, loss of appetite and dyspeptic complaints. A perennial plant for zones 3-8.
  Package of 50 seeds $2.50
TRZ016 Bedda Nut Tree Terminalia bellirica
A large, dry deciduous tree to 30 m tall, native to southern Asia where it is a popular ornamental and widely used in traditional medicine. The large seeds have a high oil content and narcotic properties.
It is considered a good fodder for cattle. Terminalia bellirica seeds have an oil content of 40%, whose fatty-acid methyl ester meets all of the major biodiesel requirements in the USA (ASTM D 6751-02, ASTM PS 121-99), Germany (DIN V 51606) and European Union (EN 14214). The seeds are called bedda nuts. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Beleric is known as "Bibhitaki" in its fruit form it is used in the popular Indian herbal rasayana treatment triphala.
According to Dymock, Warden, Hooper: Pharmacographia Indica 1890 :
"This tree, in Sanskrit Vibhita and Vibhitaka (fearless), is avoided by the Hindus of Northern India, who will not sit in its shade, as it is supposed to be inhabited by demons. The pulp of the fruit is considered by Hindu physicians to be astringent and laxative, and is prescribed with salt and long pepper in affections of the throat and chest. As a constituent of the triphala (three fruits), i.e., emblic, beleric and chebulic myrobalans, it is employed in a great number of diseases, and the kernel is sometimes used as an external application to inflamed parts. On account of its medicinal properties the tree bears the Sanskrit synonym of Anila-ghnaka, or "wind-killing." According to the Nighantus the kernels are narcotic."
This kernels are eaten by the Lodha people of the Indian subcontinent for their mind-altering qualities.

A perennial plant for zones 9 and higher.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP127 African Umbrella Tree Terminalia brownii
A small deciduous tropical tree rarely taller than 50 feet, native to savanna and gallery forest in tropical East Africa between 2000 and 6600 feet. The relatively large leaves are crowded at the tips of the branches.
They are dark green above and covered with fine white hairs below and turn bright red before falling. The durable, termite resistant wood is a good choice for construction. Bark and fruits are high in tannins.
The tree is popular for agroforestry and also an interesting ornamental for the drier tropics. Germination can be lengthy and recommended seed treatments are brief burning or clipping off the ends of the hard seed shells.

Local Name: Kuuku, Mukhonje (Luhya), Muuku (Kamba), Mururuku (Meru)
Folklore: Juice from chewing its pholem fibres is swallowed to treat jaundice and yellow fever especially in children, A decoction made from its bark is drunk for relief from stomach aches, body pains and to increase fertility in women. A decoction made from boiling its leaves in water is taken to induce abortion. A decoction made from boiling its roots is taken as a treatment for allergies. A solution made from soaking its pounded fruits in water is given to livestock to treat wounds.

A decoction made from boiling its leaves. A decoction made from boiling its roots. The juice from chewing it pholem fibres. The bark decoction. The pounded fruits soaked in water decoction.
A tropical perennial plant for zones 10 and higher, but can be tub raised when young.

References: Kareru, P. G., Kenji, G. M., Gachanja, A. N., Keriko, J. M., Mungai, G. (2007). Traditional medicines among the Embu and Meru peoples of Kenya. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, 4(1): pp. 75-86. Prof.J.O.Kokwaro. (2009). Medicinal Plants of East Africa: Third Edition. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press. 478 Pp.
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H188 Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum
A small relative of the Thyme plant. A tonic from this plant is good for the stomach and nerves. A decoction added to bath water stimulates the flow of blood to the surface and relieves nervous tension. An infusion is said to relieve the pains and headaches of a hangover. A perennial plant for zones 4-8.
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2251 Summer Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Annual. Superb culinary thyme. Spicier, more pungent flavor than German Winter in a smaller plant. Grow as an annual in zones colder than 6.
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1A008 Red Clover Trifolium pratense
The plant contains large amounts of tocopherol, a potent antioxidant form of vitamin E that has been shown to prevent tumor formation in animal studies. It may also provide effective relief for menopausal symptoms as elements of the plant behave like estrogen. A tea can be made by boiling three teaspoons of dried flower tops per cup of water and steeping 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day.
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H264 Fenugreek Trigonella foenum
An annual plant suitable for most zones that is widely cultivated for its medicinal properties. A decoction made from the seeds is give to strengthen those suffering from tuberculosis or recovering from an illness. Also used as an aphrodisiac. As a poultice, it has many uses.
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ISO009 Chinese Cucumber Trichosanthes kirilowii
Annual plant. Also known as Gua lou, Tien hua fen and Chinese snake gourd. Source of anti-HIV agent, Compound Q (GLQ223), extracted from the root. Laboratory studies with Compound Q showed great promise for AIDS treatment because it selectively kills only infected cells, leaving healthy cells untouched; but clinical trials were not conclusive, however. Used in China to treat angina pectoris, to reduce phlegm, and to induce abortions.
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TRM142 Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Perennial for zones 3-7. Popular remedy for coughs, colds, hoarseness, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Also useful in herbal smoking mixtures designed for the relief of asthma and bronchitis. Seeds can be slow to germinate. Flowers and leaves in combination with mordants yield yellow, gold, tan, grey and taupe dyes.
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H225 Dwarf Stinging Nettle Urtica unens
A perennial plant for zones 3-10, found growing wild all over the world. Grows from 2-7 ft. tall. The bristly hairs of the plant act as a hypodermic, injecting an irritant substance under the skin when touched. A decoction of the root makes an external treatment that when applied to the scalp is said to treat baldness. A decoction of the plant is good for diarrhea. Dwarf Nettle is said to be helpful for rheumatic problems and colds.
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2257 Mullein Verbascum thapsus
Dramatic spire of yellow flowers. Gray-green foliage covered with down. Medicinal: Flowers are used in infused oil for earache, rheumatism. Respiratory ailments. Relaxing expectorant. Cannot ship to CO, HI, SD
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H880 Valerian Valeriana off.
A beautiful garden plant, it has medicinal qualities used to relieve pain, nervous conditions, migraines, and insomnia. The roots of the plant are ground and used as medicine.
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H883 Vitex Vitex negundo
A magnificent garden plant, it blooms profusely all summer attracting bees and butterflies. The plants can achieve a height of 10 ft. or more. Plants are used medicinally to relieve headaches, dizziness, colds and mental problems.
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FB131 Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper ( Vitex agnus-castus }
A small tree growing to 20 ft. or so with spikes of fragrant lilic flowers that are strongly aromatic. Hardy to at least zone 6. Seeds were once used by monks for seasoning as they were said to lessen sexual desire, thus the name. A very attractive lawn bush for warm areas.
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HT104 Ashwagandha
Withania somnifera
Ayurvedic medicine herb used to make a "cure all" tonic for treatment of insomnia, infertility, impotence, mental problems, rheumatism, etc. An annual plant that is easy to grow in all zones. Plant can be toxic! For sale only to those experienced with it's use.
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ISO008 Siberian Cocklebur Xanthium sibiricum
Chinese herb used traditionally to treat headache and to nasal congestion. Also used for pain of the extremities, sciatic neuralgia, ezcema and itching. Thorn-covered berries harvested in autumn all over China. Pungent, bitter flavour. Can be toxic if improperly used.
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