Friday, April 8, 2011
Spring is Sprung!
-Catnip - relaxing, good for digestion, and of course cats love it
-Motherwort - wonderful tonic herb; gentle regulater of the heart; mellowing effect
-Wild Bergamot - good in teas, refreshing as well as relaxing; beautiful flowers
-Roman Chamomile - soothes stomach, pineapple flavor in tea, soft and durable ground cover
-Blessed Thistle - leaves as well as roots are eaten from this interesting plant
-Milk Thistle - it is the seeds of this valuable medicinal that are potent for strengthening liver and kidneys
-Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum - leaves and flowers good in salads and stir-fries; Oriental heirloom
-Pennyroyal - wonderful aromatic fragrance, not taken internally these days, but good ground cover
-Maral Root - one of the most valuable medicinals; many benefits from this rare herb
-German Chamomile - the only annual in this list, but vigorous and showy, making wonderful tea
Stay tuned for more. Many other plants will be available in the next few weeks. The last pre-season Iowa City farmers market at Grant Wood will be on Saturday, April 23rd. Then there will be a plant sale to benefit Backyard Abundance at the recreation center on Saturday, April 30th, from 10-12:00.