Scented Geranium Peppermint, Pelargonium tomentosum

peppermint scented geraniim

My peppermint-scented geranium grew to two meters across in Katoomba. It has some shade but gets afternoon sun. The herb has a sprawling habit and looks nice cascading over stone walls. The soft-haired leaves smell deliciously of peppermint. Delightful in a potpourri for tea or in cooking. Can be grown in the garden, in a … Read more

Asphodeline lutea, King’s spear, Yellow asphodel

Asphodeline Lutea

What a pretty plant is that! It looks great in a rocky site similar to its natural habitat. I seriously run out of sunny sites otherwise I would plant a lot of them and try to cook the edible roots and shoots and flowers. The lore goes that the roots of the asphodel are best … Read more

Dan Shen, Salvia multiorrhiza

This is the classical Dan Shen herb of Chinese medicine. Cultivate as any other salvia, full sun, average soil, good drainage. Dan Shen is not as pretty as other sages, this one is grown for medicine. Danshen is used for heart and blood vessel health, cancer, and many other conditions.   Other names: Ch’ih Shen, … Read more

Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng

This is the famous adaptogen herb of the Ayurveda medicine. Ashwagandha is used for a myriad of issues from improving immune system as a potent adaptogen, aphrodisiac, for impotency, cancer, frequent miscarriage, uterine weakness, infertility, asthma, anemia, cancer, arthritis (osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis), anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD , cerebellar ataxia, diabetes, high cholesterol, infertility, Parkinson’s … Read more

Wilde Dagga, Leonotis leonurus

leonotis leonurus

Now available online at our Food Forest Plant nursery: Very decorative medicinal and ethnotbotanical plant. Dies back in Katoomba winter, but grows back in late spring.

Sage, Black, Salvia mellifera

Highly aromatic evergreen sage native in California. Likely supplied bare rooted Evergreen to 2m, light blue flowers, Likes sun, tolerates some shade Attractive to bees and butterflies. Aromatic leaves for tea or as food flavouring. Strong antimicrobial properties Leaves are cardiac and carminative. An infusion used for heart complaints.

Qin-Jiao, Gentiana dahurica

Easy to grow gentian Full sun to part shade Loose, semi-sprawling habit Perennial, 20 cm, sun to part-shade Bitter herb used for digestive system anti-inflammatory

Basil, Holy, Tulsi, Ocimum tenuiflorum (synonym Ocimum sanctum)


Holy basil, closely related to the plant you make pesto or toss over tomatos, is a very potent medicinal herb. It could be called an anti-everything herb, the uses include: anti- strees, anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-ulcer in short words a herbal must-have panacea. It has been proven to be very safe evn … Read more