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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…
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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…
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Goldenrod, Solidago virgaurea

European goldenrod, Solidago virgaurea, exuberantly brightens up many countries. You can hardly miss this plant with her numerous bright yellow flowers. In our Dutch riverlands, one used to see several…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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