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Herbs - p7 of the  Catalogue

SWEET CICELY (Myrrhis Odorata)
Perennial Height: 2’ — 3’
This is a very attractive herb with fern—like leaves. All parts of the plant are used and all are sweet, indeed, one of its main uses is in cooking to reduce the amount of sugar needed.

TANSY (Tanacetum vulgare crispum)
Perennial Height: 2’
Tansy is a very beautiful herb with green fern leaves and yellow button flowers. Also called ‘Poor Man’s Cinnamon’ it is regaining former popularity, especially in Tansy Cakes — traditionally served at Easter. It is also a useful insect repellant.

TARRAGON (Artemisia dracunculus)
Perennial Height: 2’
There are two type’ — French Tarragon and Russian Tarragon. The French Tarragon is the one for use in the kitchen, but it is not as hardy as the Russian, which survives both hotter and colder climates. The flavour of Russian Tarragon, which has a coarser flavour, improves the longer it grows in one place, whereas French Tarragon ideally should be divided and replanted every third year.

TREE ONION (Allium cepa proliferum)
Perennial Height: 2’
An interesting herb which produces small onions at the tips of the leaves. It gives a fresh onion flavour the whole year round.

VALERIAN (Valeriana officinalis)
Perennial Height: 3’
Nature’s own tranquilliser — long known to be a sedative and to have several other valuable medicinal properties but it should not be taken in large doses over an extended period of time so administration of Valerian as a drug is perhaps best left to professionals, however it is also a useful addition to pot—pourri.

VERVAIN (Verbena officinalis)
Perennial Height: approx 3’
Another old medicinal herb with many properties eg Roman soldiers used to carry it in their packs for protection and it was once believed to ward off the plague. lt is used to treat depression and, in conjunction with other remedies, to treat skin complaints. In general a tisane made with the leaves and sweetened with honey is good as a mild sedative.

Perennial Height: I’
An attractive plant vith glossy dark green leaves and small rosy flowers. It was once a popular medicinal plant but now it is apparently only used as an ingredient of liqueurs and tonic wines. It also makes a good edging plant.

WELSH ONION (Allium fistulosum)
Perennial Height: I’
Use as you do chives for a mild onion flavour but Welsh Onion is available all the year round whereas Chives die down for the winter.

WILD STRAWBERRY (Fragaria vesca)
Hardy evergreen Height: 10"
An attractive little plant with the miniature fruits appearing throughout summer and autumn. The fruits can be eaten fresh or used for jams, cakes, pies, syrups and cordials. The leaf can also be used for many purposes.

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