EPAZOTE Chenopodium ambrosioides
A traditional herb used in chilli sauces and bean dishes in Mexico. A strong flavour with a mix of citrus, camphor and minty flavours. Said to aid digestion, prevent flatulence (hence its use with beans) and numerous other gastro-intestinal disorders. Annual. 250 seeds. Not to WA.
A perennial medicinal & culinary herb. The leaves are used in as a spice in soups, stews & flavouring beer. Used as a substitute for cloves with a hint of cinnamon. Reportedly herb Bennet has been used in UK & Europe since Roman times to treat inflammation, fever, as an antiseptic & to treat stomach & skin problems. Handles frost & a range of soils from alkaline to acid. 40 seeds.
An annual/biennial herb that grows to 40 cm high and has pretty purple-rose flowers with white streaks. An ancient herb that allegedly helps heal wounds, stops bleeding and aids skin irritations and bruises. Modern folklore alleges it’s a natural source of geranium, which can help cells absorb oxygen. Some research has also shown it can aid diabetes as the leaves have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels. A bee attractor. Self seeds. 25 seeds.
A versatile evergreen perennial that can be used in the ornamental garden while used as a culinary and medicinal herb. Leaves are aromatic and have a flavour like a sage-mint cross. Leaves can be eaten raw, used in salads and soups or to make a pleasant flavoured tea. Flowers can also be used in salads. Grows to 50cm, prefers well drained soil. A strong bee/insect attractor with blue flowers in summer. 100 seeds.
A perennial herb with strongly aromatic mint and licorice leaves that is a culinary and tea herb and also used in traditional Chinese medicine. The lavender-purple-rose flowers appear on spikes from mid-summer to autumn and are great bee attractants. They are a long lasting cut flower. Handles a wide range of conditions. Flowers in first year. 300 seeds.
A hardy herbaceous perennial that produces many golden starlike flower panicles in summer. Handles poor soils and seaside gardens. Grows to 30-60 cm. Obtained it name from the dried aromatic stems were used for stuffing pillows and mattresses to keep out bed bugs and fleas! The root makes a red dye and the flowering tops a yellow dye. Was also used to coagulate milk in cheese making. 150 seeds.
Native to the Mediterranean area this type of lavender is grown commercially for essential oils on huge fields in Tasmania. A very hardy, drought tolerant plant for sunny, hot positions and well drained soil. Excellent container plant. Cut back after flowering. 40 seeds
A frost hardy, perennial herb with a fragrant lemon taste and odour. Used in cooking with chicken and fish, fresh leaves can be tossed into salads. A great refreshing herbal tea, simply steep leaves in hot water (said to aid cold, flu, depression, headache and indigestion). Grows to 60 cm and small flowers spikes throughout summer. Easy to grow in well drained soil. 100 seeds.
Add the amazing flavours of Asia to your cooking (stem base). Leaf is used as herbal tea to treat digestion problems, fever an anti-inflammatory. As frost tender, in cooler areas grow in a pot & move indoors mid-autumn to early spring. A sturdy evergreen perennial grass. Prefers full sun & well drained soil. 150 seeds.
Reaching a height of 1.5 m the East Indian Lemon Grass grows taller and is slightly hardier than the West Indian species (C.citratus). Add the amazing flavours of Asia to your cooking (stem base). The leaf is used as herbal tea to treat digestion problems, fever and inflammation. As frost tender, in cooler areas do not cut back until frost has passed to protect the centre of the plant or grow in a pot & move indoors mid-autumn to early spring. A sturdy evergreen perennial grass. Prefers full sun & well drained soil. 100 seeds.