Plant Profiles

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

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.


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.


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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.


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.


The Leyland Cypress

By Jonathan Drori

Frequently used as a natural fence between neighbors, the Leyland Cypress has become a point of contention and a status of class in suburban England.


Dragon’s Blood Tree

By Jonathan Drori

An island off the Horn of Africa holds root to a tree with an ominous crown and vein-like branches that trickle a dark-red resin. The Dracaena cinnabari had bled a name for itself in history with legends of dragons and magic.



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