Plant Profiles

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

Seeking the Best Okra Cultivars

By Chris Smith

In a World-Cup-style elimination trial of 76 okra cultivars, 15 prevailed as the most productive, beautiful, and delicious choices.


Fragrant Dianthus

By Jessica Mitchell

With their spicy scent and bold colors, these centuries-old heirloom flowers can invigorate any garden, bouquet, or meal.


Growing Ancient Legumes

By Nan Fischer

Invite rich nutrients and history into your garden with chickpeas, one of the oldest crops in the cultivated world.


Family Heirlooms: Daffodils, Spitting Plants, and More

By Heirloom Gardener Readers

Readers share tales of treasured family plants.


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Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the Shy Violet

By Dawn Combs

While violets’ delicate blossoms are a treat only for the observant, the plant has enjoyed a long history of medicinal and culinary use.


Family Heirlooms: Roses, Peonies, and More

By Heirloom Gardener Editors

Heirloom Gardener readers share their stories of treasured family plants that have been passed down for generations.


A Celebration of Lilacs

By Samantha Johnson

One of nature’s long-lived symbols of spring, lilacs bring fragrance, beauty, and nostalgia to every landscape they adorn.


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.



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