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Plant Facts


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Celery

Celery is quite different from other vegetables. The first bite delivers an amazing crunch but it doesn't have that much flavour. However ...

Taro

Dubbed as the potato's hairy and unfortunate‐looking cousin, Taro is a culinary favourite in many cultures around world. In Hawaii ...


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African Blue Basil

The rare African Blue Basil is a perennial that grows well in sun or shade and once established ...

Aloe Vera

Aloes are members of the Lily family and relatives of such common plants as tulips, Easter lilies, and ...

Amaranth

Cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago and still a native crop in Peru, Amaranth is a true ...

Arnica

Arnica is one of the best known homeopathic remedies. It has been used in several trials to ...

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine ...

Beans

Beans grow as bushes or vines. Bush beans do not need any support, and don't need a ton of space ...

Black Cumin

Black cumin has been described as a miracle herb and its name in old Latin is Panacea meaning ...

Burdock

Burdock is a large biennial that looks like rhubarb. Common Burdock grows three to five feet tall ...

Calla Lilly

The Calla Lily originates from the southern parts of Africa, namely South Africa up to Malawi, which is within the northern border of the ...

Cassava

Cassava has amazing properties, so this sweet, starchy and nut‐flavoured tuber may become ...

Chilli

One of the new factors in European cuisine are chillies and they are becoming ever more ...

Coriander

Coriander grows wild over a wide area of Western Asia and southern Europe, prompting the comment ...

Cucumbers

Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin and watermelon. They are made up of ...

The Dandelion

The dandelion is rich in vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as minerals such as iron, potassium ...

Elderberries

Sometimes propagated as an ornamental shrub, the elderberry bush is a member of the ...

Gardenia

Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family native to the tropical and ...

Garlic the Wonder Drug

Many a person is against using garlic because of its odour. Garlic is possibly the most effective form of ...

Geraniums

The Geranium, as it is commonly known, is of the species ‘Pelargonium’. Geranium is the correct botanical name of the ...

Ginger

Although it originated in Asia the medicinal uses of ginger have been known and valued for ...

Goosegrass, Cleavers, Bedstraw

You don’t find Goosegrass. It finds you! Covered with a multitude of small hooks ...

Graviola

Graviola, also known as Soursop, is widely used by many indigenous cultures for a variety of ...

Hemp (Marijuana)

Hemp (Marijuana) is a much maligned plant which has been made illegal in modern times despite it ...

Horny Goat Weed

First mentioned in traditional Chinese medicine texts 2,000 years ago, horny goat weed was given the ...

Jackfruit

The jackfruit has played a significant role in Indian agriculture for centuries. Archaeological findings in India have revealed that ...

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica) was first brought to the UK by the Victorians as an ...

Leeks

Leeks originate from the Mediterranean basin where dried specimens and drawings found in ...

Lemons

There are two main varieties of lemons, acid and sweet. Learn about growing them, their health ...

Lobelia

Lobelia, or Indian tobacco, is a flowering herb that is named after the Belgian botanist, Matthias de l’Obel. It was formerly used as ...

Mangosteens

If you've never tried this delectable fruit, try mangosteen segments in your next garden salad. You might ...

Moringa Oleifera

Already highly esteemed by people in the tropics and sub‐tropics for the many ways it is ...

Mushroom Facts

Mushrooms represent a largely unexplored world especially in the Western hemisphere. They are not ...

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are neither plant nor animal; they are fungi and have been valued for their ...

Nasturtiums

Most people don’t give nasturtiums a second look. They’re sometimes regarded as ...

Olives

lives are one of those wonders of nature that are easy to take for granted, yet deserve special ...

Onions

As one of the oldest cultivated plants, onions do not disappoint in terms of nutrition. They are a ...

Orange Mint and Lemon Mint

The citrus flavour of orange and lemon mint is a bright alternative to regular mints and works ...

Pansy

A popular bedding plant and easily grown in the UK climate, the pansy is not only beautiful but also ...

Parsnip

Parsnip is a biennial plant, which means that it blooms on its second year and then dies afterwards. It is a member of the ...

Peace Lily

During the winter months we all like to brighten our homes as much as possible so use plants to ...

Pelican Flower

Pelican flower produces enormous trumpet‐shaped flowers, which smell of rotting meat and ...

Pruning Wisteria

Wisteria needs regular pruning to keep the growth and size under control, but it will also improve the ...

Purslane ‐ Health Boosting Plant

Considered a common weed, Purslane should be elevated from weed status to a health boosting ...

Saffron

The domesticated saffron crocus is an autumn flowering perennial plant unknown in the wild. Its ...

Spirulina

Imagine a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of the protein you need to live, help prevent ...

Sugar Beet

Haemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. Whilst you ...

Tamarind

Deliciously tangy and one of the most highly prized natural foods in South Asia, the tamarind is ...

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are possibly the most grown plant in the world and therefore the most popular. They can ...

Turmeric

Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is beautiful and large leafed. It will grow three feet and ...

Turnips

Turnips, like rutabaga and kohlrabi are tasty root vegetables that add heartiness and ...

Wasabi

Fans of Japanese cuisine crave the taste of wasabi. It is consumed fresh, in green paste form for ...

Water Chestnut

Water chestnuts are perennials from a family of plants called sedge, a type of marshy grass with the ...

Yarrow

Certain plants have always been extremely valuable to us. Yarrow is one such plant and is steeped in ...

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