Plant Profiles

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

Tea Terroir: Native Bergamot

By Dawn Combs

When tariffs made imported Chinese tea too expensive for American colonists to purchase, they turned to native bee balms for tasty drinks.


Spread the Wild with Summer Cherries

By Christopher Nyerges

Learn to identify wild cherries, and even grow them in your own backyard.


Procure the Blessings of Basil

By Sheryl Normandeau

Dig up expert advice on growing heirloom basil, the praiseworthy plant that inspires a world of flavor, healing, protection, and spiritual elevation.


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.


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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.


Fragrant Dianthus

By Jessica Mitchell

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


Family Heirlooms: Daffodils, Spitting Plants, and More

By Heirloom Gardener Readers

Readers share tales of treasured family plants.


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.



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