Plant Profiles

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

Fern Habitats in Illinois

By Robert H. Mohlenbrock

Learn more about the fern species, begin to identify the different types of soils and landscapes where ferns seem to thrive and why. Limestone outcroppings are popular among the ferns in Illinois because they tend to be close to the waters-edge and ferns love the moisture-rich soil by the cliffs.


Picking Heirloom Tomato Varieties to Rescue

By Laura Flacks-Narrol

When you pick a rare tomato to help save you must make sure it works well for you garden, producing a large yield and yummy fruit.


Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)

By Joanna Ridenour

The fascinating history of this plant goes back to Biblical times!


Family Heirloom: Golden Currant, Weeping Fig, ‘Cherokee’ Purple Tomato, and More

By Heirloom Gardener readers

Readers share stories of treasured family plants.


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Anti-Inflammatory Plants

Try these anti-inflammatory plants as a natural remedy to soothe symptoms of inflammation.


Elderberry Benefits

By Tammi Hartung

Learn all about the uses and natural benefits of elderberry along with folklore of days past.


Milkweed Benefits

By Tammi Hartung 

Learn all about the historic medicinal and industrial uses of Milkweed.


Family Heirloom stories: ‘Pretoria’ canna lilies, English poppies, blackboy peach tree, and more

By Heirloom Gardener readers

Readers share stories of treasured family plants.



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