Plant Profiles

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

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.


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.


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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.


Family Heirlooms: Hostas, Tiger Lilies, Yellow Roses, and More

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Readers share stories of treasured family plants passed down for generations.


When Is a Flower an Inflorescence?

Learn how to tell the difference between various flower structures, from catkins to corymbs.



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