Asteraceae (Compositae)

Arnica, common, Arnica Montana

Arnica ointment, which naturopath doesn't have it in her arsenal? I certainly do. I also had the pleasure of seeing this cheerful plant in real life in the Drents-Friese Wold.…
common arnica - arnica montana - flower

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Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

Who hasn't sat on a couch with a cup of chamomile tea in hand? Well, I for sure have. Although it is becoming more and more difficult to find chamomile,…
chamomile - matricaria recutita - flowers

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Chicory, Cichorium intybus L.

This beautiful plant with its lively lilac purple flowers is widely applicable. Chicory, Cichorium intybus, can be used for medicinal and magical purposes and is also edible. You can even…
cichory - cichorium intybus - flower

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Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Where to start when it comes to the dandelion, Taraxacum officinale? Due to the milder climate, this plant nowadays often blooms all year round and thus brightens up many lawn…
dandelion - taraxacum officinale - flower

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Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus

Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus, is also known here in the Netherlands as a so-called forgotten vegetable. To me, that's 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, gives us one last sun salutation before we go into winter. This cheerful plant bravely continues to flower until the moment that 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. With spring approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss this plant in detail. Many…
milk thistle - silybum marianum - bud

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Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

As you can see from her Latin name Artemisia vulgaris, mugwort is related to wormwood. In contrast to wormwood, mugwort contains only a little bit of thujone. This makes mugwort…
mugwort - artemisia vulgaris - leaves and inflorescence

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Wormwood, Artemisa absinthium L.

I personally think this is a beautiful plant with its fine grey-green mass of leaves, but many would not put this plant in their garden because it does not bloom…
woemwood - artemisia absinthium - dried herb

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Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a very common plant that you can spot on the roadsides everywhere. It is also a real powerhouse with a lot of uses, both in terms…
yarrow, achillea millefolium

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