Jewels of Opar is a self-seeding plant that requires minimal care. Its leaves are edible and can be eaten raw in salads. The flower puts out stalks of pretty purple flowers without bolting. A pretty alternative for ground cover.

Mexican Mint Marigold has aromatic leaves which are often used as a substitute for French Tarragon. Sweet licorice flavor brightens salads and main dishes. The edible, pretty, golden-yellow flowers bloom all summer. Thrives in warmer climates where French tarragon will not grow. Also known as sweet mace or Mexican tarragon. […]

Malabar spinach is a hardy vine with edible leaves that taste like spinach when cooked. The leaves are high in protein, Vitamin A & C, iron and calcium and low in calories by volume. The plant comes in both red-stemmed and white-stemmed varieties. It will self-seed and needs full sun […]

This particular basil variety is from Johnny’s Seeds, where I purchase a number of my plant seeds. Although I’ve found this variety is less heat-tolerant than other basil varieties, the herb is more fragrant, evoking the scent one would expect of a typical Italian basil. As with all basil, be […]

Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. Their close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. This variety has white flowers and reproduces by bunching […]

Epazote (pronounced eh-pah-ZOH-teh) is an aromatic herb; both the fresh leaves and tender stems are used in cooking. The epazote plant is a leafy annual or short-lived perennial plant that can reach 4 feet in height. Its dark green, long, slender, jagged leaves end in a point. The flowers are green and […]

Rau ram, also known as Vietnamese Coriander or Vietnamese mint is well known in Vietnamese cooking. Often pronounced as ‘zow-zam’, it is used as a cilantro substitute. Rau ram can often be substituted for either cilantro or mint. In Malaysia, the plant is known as laksa and often served there […]

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