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Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

The first plant of this year is an big one! Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is so versatile, you simply have to get this plant into your garden. If not because of…
lavendel - lavandula angustifolia - hele plant

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Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis L.

When I think of lemon balm, the sun immediately starts to shine. Thing is, I like to put some leaves of this plant in water when the weather is nice,…
lemon balm - melissa officinalis - tea

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Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca

In this monograph we're discussing a plant that, although not native to the Netherlands, has been living here quite happily since at least the 7th century. I'm talking about motherwort,…
Motherwort - leonurus cardiaca - inflorescense

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Peppermint, Mentha piperita

Believe it or not, these days there are people who think that peppermint is nothing but a piece of candy. It is striking that many take that particular sweet right…
peppermint - mentha piperita - leaves in pot

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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, like thyme, is so common in our kitchen that we would almost forget that this beautiful, fragrant plant also has medicinal and magical superpowers. Flowering rosemary, with…
rosemary - rosmarinus officinalis - flower and bee

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Sage, common, Salvia officinalis L.

There are plants which are so versatile that you almost dread starting a monograph on it. Nettle is such a plant and today I am writing about another plant in…
sage - salvia officinalis - leaves

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Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris

A great plant that I often fail to find in herb books is the common selfheal, Prunella vulgaris. Weird, considering this plant that is also called heal-all. Maybe it's because…
self-heal - prunella vulgaris - flower

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Thyme, common, Thymus vulgaris L.

Some herbs are well-known¬† because they appear in every spice rack. Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is one of them. Originally humans mainly used this plant in the cuisines of the countries…
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