Tree wormwood is indigenous to the Middle East were this very bitter herb is used tea, usually with mint. It was used in small doses for digestive upsets, but beware in larger doses it may have some hallucinogenic properties. Perennial, easy to grow plant, hardy, likes full sun. Prune to keep it looking nice. Common … Read more Wormwood: Tree Wormwood, Artemisia Arborescens, bare-rooted plant
Southernwood was a highly valued medicinal plant in the Middle Ages. It works similar to other wormwoods, is a bitter digestive herb which was used as an antiseptic, to treat the liver, the spleen and the stomach. It is said to kill intestinal worms. It is a powerful insect repellent and was placed in cupboards … Read more Wormwood: Southernwood, Artemisia abrotanum
Silver-grey foliage makes a striking display in any garden. Deciduous perennial to 2 m, full sun drought tolerant. Anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, pain-relieving. Colds, headaches, coughs, fever, earache, malaria, diabetes. Moth, insect and flea repellent.
Many Leptospermum species were used as a tea substitute by European settlers which believed it would help prevent diseases such as scurvey. The young shoots of Leptospermum were used for urinary disorders. Aboriginals used the leaves of Wooly Tea-Tree for the treatment of scabies and as a medicine for breathing difficulties. The wooly tea-tree is … Read more Wooly Tea-Tree, Leptospermum lanigerum, no online sales, nursery only!
Little sprawling plant for the woodland garden or shaded places. Very ornamental , it looks cute and dainty, especially when in flower. The flowers are white. Likes moisture, however, I never water mine. Wooddruff is mainly known for its use in ‘Maibowle’, were the herb is steeped in white wine together with strawberries or in … Read more Woodruff, Asperula odorata, pretty forest garden herb
Perennial to 2m, sun or semi-shade. Easy to grow, spreads. Antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, hypnotic, laxative and tonic used in the treatment of diarrhoea, mucous colitis and irritable bowel syndrome Prostate problems.
Wild Dagga is a bold, dramatic, easy to grow plant. It looks terrific in the background as an accent, adding a bold splash of colour anywhere you need it. It grows to a height of 3 metres. It is native to tropical Africa and southern India, in Latin America and the West Indies. Leonotis nepetifolia … Read more Wild Dagga, Klip Dagga, Lion’s Ear, Leonotis nepetifolia, bare rooted