Did you know ? Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) Also known as Catnep, catswort, catmint and ‘nep in a hedge’ Catnip leaves contain a compound called “iridodial” which is known to attract beneficial insects such as lacewings which eat aphids and mites … Continue reading
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
German Chamomile is available at The Herb Patch now.
It is an annual form of chamomile with daisy like flowers in the summer. German Chamomile has delicate, fern like foliage, which flops around giving the plant a delicate appearance, yet the plant is surprisingly tough and resilient.
Both the leaves and the flowers can be used to make tea, although the leaves have a slightly more bitter flavour.
German Chamomile is the preferred variety for medicinal use, due to its higher oil content. It has powerful antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. An infusion of Chamomile flowers can be used as a hair shampoo, especially for fair hair. The flowers are sometimes added to cosmetics as an anti-allergenic agent or made into a salve for use on hemorrhoids and wounds
Other uses include as a liquid feed and plant tonic, effective against a number of plant diseases.
An essential oil from the whole plant is used as a flavouring and in making perfume. The dried flowers are used as an insect repellent.
It is said that the Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god and valued it over all other herbs for its healing qualities. Due to its sedative and relaxing properties Chamomile was an ingredient in some love potions in the middle ages.
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Lovage is a tall perennial herbaceous plant, and is the sole species in the Levisticum genus. It originates in Italy and was brought to Britain by the Romans. Also known as Sea Parsley or Love Parsley. It … Continue reading
New herb varieties added to our shop this week include:- Thyme, Russetings. (Thymus serpyllum ‘Russetings’) This is a creeping form of thyme with dark green leaves and pink / purple flowers in summer Good for ground cover or as … Continue reading
Here at The Herb Patch spring seems to be getting nearer. Overwintered herb plants are beginning to grow again after what seems to be a long dreary winter. In the poly tunnels, we are busy propagating this years plants and … Continue reading
You can keep fresh chives available longer in the winter. Dig up a clump or two, pot them up and take them under cover. A cold greenhouse, or a well-lit porch, is ideal. Although all chives will eventually die down … Continue reading
Alecost (Costmary), Tanacetum balsamita is an attractive tall growing, perennial herb, belonging to the daisy family, the Compositae.This aromatic herb has two common names, ‘Costmary’ and Alecost. ‘Cost’ refers to Costus, a spicy Asian plant related to ginger, which has a … Continue reading
Corsican Mint (also known as Rock Mint) has been one of our best selling herb over the last month. Cosican Mint (mentha requenii) is a creeping mat-forming mint with very small rounded leaves and tiny mauve flowers in summer.It is … Continue reading
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) A new plant for us in 2012 – Milk Thistle is a tall annual or biennial plant with large spiny leaves mottled with white, and purple thistle type flowers in summer. Milk Thistle is a … Continue reading
Our Salad Burnet plants are looking good now. Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba Minor) is a clump forming evergreen perennial herb with soft green pinnate leaves and small crimson flowers on long stems in summer. It grows best on a chalky soil … Continue reading