Tagged: medicinal plant

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Catmint

Common Name: Catmint Scientific Name: Nepeta mussinii Family: Lamiaceae Uses Culinary herb: Good for baking, cooking, and tea Nectary for beneficial insects Medicinal Properties Stomach relief Pest repellant Stress relief Arthritis relief Cough suppressant...

Chickweed volunteers as a groundcover on the homestead. 0

Plant Inventory

At the Little House on Pine we try to identify every plant on our 1/4 acre lot. As we introduce new plants for food production and conservation landscaping, we prioritize with plants native to...

A young New Jersey Tea plant gets ready for winter. 0

New Jersey Tea

As a native nitrogen fixing shrub with diverse functions, New Jersey Tea ranks among my favorite permaculture plants to fill out the shrub layer. Common Name: New Jersey Tea Scientific Name: Ceanothus americanus Family:...

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden. 0

Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty. Common Name:...

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours. 0

Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra. Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour Scientific...

Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects. 0

Horehound

Horehound is a wonderfully aromatic herb that attracts the beneficial tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), which guards my pomegranate trees against the leaf-footed plant bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus). Common Name: Horehound Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare Family:...

With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators. 0

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme ranks high among my favorite groundcovers. An edible evergreen, it controls weed pressure and attracts pollinators to the garden. Common Name: Creeping Thyme Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum Family: Lamiaceae Uses Edible leaves...

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

A young elderberry can be identified by opposite compound leaves with veins that terminate in the tips of the serrated edge, rather than the notch. 0

Elderberry

The elderberry shrub grows quickly, produces bountiful edible fruit and flowers, offers shelter to wildlife, and works as a windbreak. Fast-growing and easy to propagate, elderberry is an outstanding multifunctional native plant for the...

Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker. 0

Feverfew

I adore the sunny charisma and herbal value of feverfew, but it can deter beneficial pollinators. Plant it far from flowering fruit trees, or use it to repel bees from outdoor living spaces. Common...