Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Yaupon Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Used to make a signature black tea by Native Americans, yaupon’s appeal as a caffeinated drink rose and fell due to an unfortunate name given to it by Europeans.


The Wild Apple Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Kazakhstan's wild apple tree holds an insight to apple ancestry and a rooted hope for renewed genetic diversity in apple propagation.


The White Willow Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Despite being associated with sadness in literature and language, the willow is a resilient tree with a rich history.


Heirloom Apples: An American Classic

A look at the history of a Vermont apple orchard that dates back to the late 1700s, and how the orchard manager began to revive the apples trees on the sorely neglected property when a historic preservation trust acquired in in the mid-1990s.


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How to Care for a Holiday Cactus

By Samantha Johnson

With a little know-how and some careful timing, you can keep your Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus blooming year after year.


Family Heirlooms: Crocuses, Violets, Camilla, and Lemon Trees

By HERILOOM GARDENER EDITORS

Readers share stories of treasured family plants passed down for generations, including lemon trees and sweet violets.


The Longevity of Love-in-a-Mist

By Shannon McCabe

Learn how an acclaimed garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, collected and bred unique plants, including one particularly appealing azure bloom.


‘Jackson Wonder’ Lima Beans

By William Woys Weaver

This tasty, ‘wonder’ful bean is widely adapted and requires less heat than most lima beans.



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