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Asteraceae (Compositae)

Arnica, common, Arnica Montana

Arnica ointment, which natural healer does not have it in their arsenal? I certainly do. I had the pleasure of seeing this cheerful plant in real life in the Drents-Friese…
common arnica - arnica montana - flower

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Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

I like sitting on my couch with a cup of chamomile tea in my hands. Although it is becoming increasingly difficult to find chamomile, Matricaria recutita, in the wild, it…
chamomile - matricaria recutita - flowers

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Chicory, Cichorium intybus L.

This beautiful plant with its lively lilac to purple flowers is versatile. Chicory, Cichorium intybus, can be used medicinally and magically and is edible. Its domesticated siblings, endive and the…
chicory - cichorium intybus - flower

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Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Where to start when it comes to dandelion, Taraxacum officinale? Due to the milder climate, this plant flowers almost all year round nowadays, brightening up many lawns. In addition to…
dandelion - taraxacum officinale - flower

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Goldenrod, Solidago virgaurea

European goldenrod, Solidago virgaurea, exuberantly brightens up many countries. With its numerous bright yellow flowers, you can hardly miss this plant. In our Dutch riverlands, you used to be able…
goldenrod - solidago virgaurea - flower and insect

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Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus

Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus, is known here in the Netherlands as a so-called forgotten vegetable. To me that is funny, because this plant came to us from North America and…
Jerusalem artichoke - helianthus tuberosus - flowers

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Marigold, Calendula officinalis

Marigold, Calendula officinalis, always gives us one last sun salutation before we head into winter. This cheerful plant continues to flower bravely until the moment night frost arrives. Marigold is…
marigold - calendula officinalis - flower and butterfly

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Milk thistle, Silybum marianum

Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, is a wild beauty found in rugged places. Everyone should read about this plant at the beginning of spring. At that time of the year, multitudes…
milk thistle - silybum marianum - bud

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Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

As you can see from the Latin name Artemisia vulgaris, mugwort is related to wormwood. Compared to wormwood, mugwort contains significantly less thujone. Therefore, this is a plant that is…
mugwort - artemisia vulgaris - leaves and inflorescence

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Wormwood, Artemisa absinthium L.

I personally think wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, is a beautiful plant with its fine grey-green mass of leaves. However, many people do not appreciate it in their garden because it does…
woemwood - artemisia absinthium - dried herb

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