Herb Garden: Plants Known to Heal, Flavor, and Help at Home
The Herb Garden is on the east side of the Research Building, just outside of the Botany Lab. It is quite small, yet contains roughly 50 different kinds of herbs, ornamental perennials, and shrubs chosen for their usefulness and place in herbal folklore.
When it comes to useful attributes, many of these plants have specific parts (leaves, flowers etc.) that were highly sought after and valued by our ancestors. They are also used by herbal practioners today. Some cure or provide relief for ailments, others add flavor and spice to food and beverages, and still others are used in household products such as soaps and insect repellants.
A few herbal plants that you will find in this garden are chives (Allium schoenoprasum), purple-flowered gas plant (Dictamnus albus 'Purpureus'), and gro-low sumac (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-low').