In a small space at the east side of the Research Building at The Morton Arboretum is an herb garden that contains roughly 50 different kinds of herbs, ornamental perennials, and shrubs chosen for their usefulness and place in herbal folklore.
Many of these plants have specific parts, such as leaves and flowers, that were highly sought after and valued by our ancestors and are used by herbal practitioners today. Some are said to 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.
Among the plants 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').