Birch, silver, Betula pendula

There are many species of birch on earth. Where I come from you'll mainly find the silver birch, Betula pendula, and the downy birch, Betula pubescens and mixtures of the…
birch - betula pendula - trees

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Comfrey, Symphytum officinale

Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, and I go back a loooong time. We have had many adventures together. Like the time, way, way back, when we dug out a beautiful specimen in…
comfrey - symphytum officinale - flower

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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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Nettle, stinging, Urtica dioica L

Everyone has had a run in with the stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, at some point and knows that he lives up to his name. After touching this plant, your skin…
stinging nettle - urtica dioica - top

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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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St John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum

St. John's wort, Hypericum perforatum, may not be a plant you immediately think of in winter. This plant is pre-eminently associated with summer and St. John's festivities in June, the…
st John's wort - hypericum perforatum - flower and bud

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Sweet flag, Acorus calamus

This versatile, water-loving plant, sweet flag (Acorus calamus) is well established in Europe. However, she isn't native to the continent.Alexander the Great already brought her this way from South Asia.…
sweet flag - acorus calamus - whole plant

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