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Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) - Stinging Nettle is found growing all across North America and especially in moist, forested soil. If you have experienced the pain of a Stinging Nettle plant, wisdom would tell you to avoid it. But, this perennial, often grown from herb seeds, is used as a medicinal herb, and it is used in the kitchen as well where cooking will remove the stinging effect of the leaves.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

24 - 36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to late summer

BLOOM COLOR

Green

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Nitrogen-rich, moist soils that drain well

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Urtica Dioica

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

10 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Surface sow seed and do not bury

SOWING RATE

7 - 10 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

15 - 18 inches

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) - Stinging Nettle is found growing all across North America and especially in moist, forested soil. If you have experienced the pain of a Stinging Nettle plant, wisdom would tell you to avoid it. But, this perennial, often grown from herb seeds, is used as a medicinal herb, and it is used in the kitchen as well where cooking will remove the stinging effect of the leaves.

Culinary benefits

Stinging Nettle is considered to be more nutritious in iron than spinach. For the best flavor and nutrition, harvest only the top 4 - 5 inches of the Stinging Nettle plant. Harvest before the plant flowers.

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How to grow

How To Grow Stinging Nettle From Seed: Stinging Nettle seeds are small, and they are easier to work with if they are mixed with some garden sand. Some gardeners recommend that the herb seeds have a cold treatment before germinating. If starting the seeds indoors, freeze the herb seeds for several weeks before sowing the Stinging Nettle seeds. Cover the starter trays or pots with a plastic dome or plastic wrap to help keep the moisture high.

Once the seedlings are 3 - 4 inches in height, transplant them to the herb garden. Or directly sow the Stinging Nettle seeds outdoors in the late fall so that the herb seeds can freeze through the winter. The plants can be invasive, so it is best to contain it to an area and not let it go to seed. Always wear gloves when working with the plant.

  • Sowing Rate: 7 - 10 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 10 - 14 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bumblebees
  • Depth: Surface sow, do not bury
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Plant History

Stinging Nettle herb plants have a long history as a medicinal herb. During medieval times it was used as a diuretic, to treat joint pain, and muscle pain. Today, Stinging Nettle root is used by some to treat urinary problems related to an enlarged prostate, and some use it for the relief of arthritis pain.

  • Height: 24 - 36 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes

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Grass Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

9 - 10

HEIGHT

36 - 48 inches

WIDTH

24 inches

FOLIAGE COLOR

Green

SOIL REQUIREMENT

Moist, pH 6.1 - 7.8

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Coix Lacryma-jobi

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 28 days, soak seed overnight in warm water before planting

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

2 - 3 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination occurs

PLANT SPACING

10 - 12 inches

Job's Tears (Coix Lacryma-jobi) - For an interesting ornamental grass, try starting Cois seeds and enjoy this attractive grass that is known for its seeds. Commonly called Job's Tears grass, Coix is a perennial grass only in climate zones 9 and 10, and it is grown as an annual in the cooler zones. Ornamental grasses provide their own unique beauty to the landscape and Job's Tears is no exception with its slender, ribbon-like leaves and spikes of teardrop-like seeds. The plant is well known for the seeds that are natural beads and have been used for centuries to create jewelry and rosaries. Coix grass is native to Asia and is found along roadsides as well as cultivated for the grain that is edible and used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Grow these ornamental grass seeds and experience first hand the beauty and uniqueness of this Coix plant!

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

9 - 11

HEIGHT

18 - 24 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid summer to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Yellow w/ red

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Prefers moist, but well-drained soils

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Spilanthes Oleracea

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Do not cover seed, but press firmly in to soil

SOWING RATE

8 - 10 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

12 - 15 inches

Toothache Plant (Spilanthes Oleracea) - Start Toothache Plant seeds and grow this helpful and attractive plant in the herb garden! Toothache Plant is a tender perennial that is commonly used to treat toothaches along with other mouth, throat, and gum conditions. The leaves and flowers can be chewed to have a mildly anesthetizing effect. This medicinal herb also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it enhances the immune system. The leaves are often eaten raw and taste good in salads.

Unique yellow blooms

Has ornamental flower heads that are good for cutting, drying, and preserving.

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How to grow

How To Grow Toothache plant From Seed: In areas of frost, grow Toothache Plant seeds as annuals. It prefers full sun or partial shade. Start the herb seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost date. Transplant the young plants outside into a prepared site that has had organic compost worked in. Wait until frost danger has passed to plant outside. Once the young Para Cress plants have several sets of mature leaves, pinch back the stems to encourage a more bushy and compact growth.

  • Sowing Rate: 8 - 10 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Mid summer to early fall blooms
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and birds
  • Depth: Do not cover
yellow red flowers

Flower Specifications

The Toothache Plant has reddish-green foliage and tight, compact little pompom flowers that have no petals. The flowers are yellow with a red center, and they resemble an eyeball, so the herb plant is also commonly referred to as Eyeball Plant and Para Cress.

  • Height: 18 - 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 9 - 11
  • Season: Perennial
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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

4 - 9

HEIGHT

20 - 40 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid summer

BLOOM COLOR

Pink

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Rich, moist, well-drained soil

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Valeriana Officinalis

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F - 75F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/8th inch

SOWING RATE

8 - 10 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

18 - 36 inches

Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) - Start Valerian seeds and grow this well-known herb plant. Valerian is highly prized as a medicinal herb. It is a hardy perennial with a history of use dating back to the 16th century. It is very ornamental with fern-like foliage and pink flower heads that attract butterflies. The Valerian herb is also referred to as All Heal and Garden Heliotrope. Valerian plants are an attractive addition to the herb garden, and cats love the herb too. Sometimes, the plants need some protection from cats who might do damage.

The Valerian root is what is harvested for medicinal use. Valerian has been called nature's tranquilizer. It is used to soothe anxiety, relieve pain, and calm minds that cannot fall asleep. In many parts of the world, Valerian root is the standard care for stress and relaxation. It is considered to be very sedating.

How To Grow Valerian From Herb Seeds: Plant Valerian seeds directly outdoors in the spring. Lightly cover the herb seeds with soil and keep moist. The Valerian seedlings are fairly frost tolerant. Start with a prepared seed bed that is weed free and has organic matter worked in. The location should be in full sun to partial shade. Valerian herb plants prefer moist conditions, so provide the equivalent of 1 to 2 inches of rainfall each week. The plant will need nitrogen throughout the growing season. If you are growing Valerian herb plants for the root, cut the flower stalks when they appear. This will direct energy to the roots. Wait until the second year to harvest and dry the roots. Valerian will self-sow. Cut the spent flower heads to prevent re-seeding.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

5 - 11

HEIGHT

12 - 24 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to mid summer

BLOOM COLOR

White

ENVIRONMENT

Partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Varying soil types as long as they are saturated, pH 6.5 - 7.5

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

50 - 60F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

15 - 20 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

9 - 12 inches

Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) - Watercress seeds are grown for both a culinary and medicinal herb. It is a succulent, leafy plant that thrives in marshes, bogs and water gardens. The lobed leaves can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They have a pungent flavor and are crisp. It needs to be harvested before the buds appear as the leaves turn bitter after flowering. It is a fast-growing plant that prefers partial shade.

Bright white blooms

Watercress produces white flowers in mid-summer which are very attractive to bees and the plants are highly ornamental in home ponds.

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How to grow

How To Grow Watercress From Seed: Start seeds for an indoor herb garden. Place the containers in a tray of water and keep the water constantly supplied. Fluorescent lamps or growing lights are needed. The seeds can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last expected frost and then transplanted outdoors. The ideal setting is along a pond or stream bank.

  • Sowing Rate: 15 - 20 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and birds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
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Plant Specifications

As a medicinal herb, it has long been used to treat sore throats and sinus congestion. It is very rich in vitamins and minerals and in alternative medicine, it is used for a wide variety of ailments. Some other common names that watercress is called are: water rocket, water radish, and hedge mustard. It is in the mustard family.

  • Height: 12 - 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 5 - 11
  • Season: Perennial
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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Biennial

USDA ZONES

2 - 10

HEIGHT

60 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to mid summer

BLOOM COLOR

Purple

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well drained, moist soils

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Arctium Lappa

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

Sow at Max 41F, germination irregular often several months

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

2 - 3 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

36 - 48 inches

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) - Burdock, or also called Great Burdock, is a robust biennial herb plant grown from herb seeds with long-stalked leaves. The Great Burdock herb is a nutritious vegetable and medicinal herb used as a remedy for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic. In modern times, Burdock is also used in oncology and to treat many other serious health problems. Great Burdock plant stalks are cooked like celery. The Burdock root is eaten raw or cooked like parsnips. Great Burdock herb seeds can be sprouted.

How To Grow Great Burdock: Start Burdock seeds directly outdoors as soon in the spring as the soil can be prepared. Cover the Great Burdock seeds with light soil and lightly tamp down. Burdock plants grow along roadsides, in open fields, at the edges of woods, and anywhere ground has been disturbed just as most thistles would. Because it is a biennial, the first year Burdock only forms a cluster of large leaves. The large leaves grow from a carrot-like root that can penetrate over two feet into the ground. It is this Burdock root that is most often used in herbal medicine. After a year of growth, Burdock puts forth a branched stalk with smaller leaves and, in the late summer, purple-pink flowers. In autumn, these flowers are replaced by round brown burrs that persist into the winter. The herb seeds contained in these burrs are also used medicinally.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

3 - 7

HEIGHT

16 - 24 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid summer to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Green

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Rich, well-drained soil, pH 5.6 - 6.5

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Rumex Acetosa

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

68F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

3 - 4 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

9 - 12 inches

Garden Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) - Garden Sorrel is a becoming more well-known and used in the United States as a culinary herb, and it easily grow from Sorrel seeds. It comes from Europe and has been used there for centuries. Its use dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. This variety, Green de Belleville, has green arrow-shaped leaves that have a slightly acidic taste and is slower to bolt than other varieties. When the leaves are eaten fresh and added to salads or a sandwich, they add a little zest and tang. The herb leaves can also be chopped or shredded and added to soups for flavoring. Garden Sorrel is also known as Common Sorrel, English Sorrel and simply Sorrel.

Common Sorrel herb has historically been used as a medicinal herb. It has been used to treat fevers and scurvy. The juice from the leaves is used to calm itchy skin rashes and ringworm. English Sorrel herb is a highly nutritious herb. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

How To Grow Sorrel From Herb Seeds: Start the Sorrel seeds directly outdoors after frost season has passed. Prepare a seedbed that is located in full sun or partial shade. Add organic matter to the soil. Cover the herb seeds lightly with soil. Sorrel seedlings can establish quickly, and the leaves can be harvested any time after the first couple of months of spring growth. When flower stalks emerge cut them back. Sorrel herb plants should be divided every 3- 5 years and replanted.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

5 - 11

HEIGHT

48 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to mid summer

BLOOM COLOR

White

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

pH 6.0 - 8.0

DEER RESISTANT

No

LATIN NAME

Abelmoschus Esculentus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

10 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/2 - 1 inch

SOWING RATE

1 - 2 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

18 - 36 inches

Okra - Clemson Spineless (Abelmoschus Esculentus) - Grow Okra seeds for this edible and ornamental herb plant. The lovely flowers are hibiscus-like and creamy white in color. This variety of Okra has deep green, ribbed, spineless pods. Pick the pods young while they are still tender. A test for tenderness is to snap off the end of a pod. If it snaps, it has not become tough and fibrous yet and should still be good for eating. Okra pods are excellent for use in soups, stews, and is excellent fried. Okra plants can reach 48 inches or more in height, or the herb plants can be topped and grown shorter. If given room to branch out, Okra herb plants can spread 36 inches in width. The Okra herb is extremely drought and heat resistant and a popular herb or vegetable in many countries with difficult growing conditions. Okra is a heat lover and grows best when temperatures reach 80 to 90 degrees

How To Grow Okra From Herb Seeds: Okra seeds are large and easy to plant. Some herb gardeners like to pre-soak their Okra seeds the night before planting. Okra herb seeds can be directly sown in the herb garden or started indoors and transplanted. Starting seedlings in peat pots will lessen transplant shock. Start herb seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before transplant date.

Okra plants are not pleasant to touch. Whether the spines are pronounced or hair-like, they are scratchy and irritating. Gloves and long sleeves help. It is also easier to harvest with a pruner, rather than pulling and getting the spines in your fingers.

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