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This web site is being built one herb at a time.  Names and lots of photos are up.  The adaptogens have nice write ups. The rest of the herb info is a work in progress.  Check out Categories under the Herbs button.  The sorts by common name and Chinese name finally work!  Check out the new Blog section for some story-telling!

Truly, USE THE SEARCH!  The search works for any word, Latin or otherwise, anywhere in  As an example, put in "bitter" in the upper right corner.  You will get a list of herbs with "bitter" in the write-up by THE Latin name.

Latin Name:  Abra (Genus) cadabra (species).

The Latin Name is THE current Latin name as best I can determine. When in doubt, THE Latin name listed on USDA Plants Database web site was used, if available.  Sometimes I had to fill in from other places, especially herbs that don't grow in the US.

Synonyms:  Any old previously used Latin names I could find.

The Synonyms section was added to make it possible to cross-reference an herb by an old Latin name.  So much of the time what I thought surely would not change, did.  Synonym Latin names, however, do not show up in the Latin Name sort.  You can only find them by using the search in the little box!!  The Botanists might have changed their cotton-pickin' minds! 

Common Names:  This space has a limit, so I listed the most commonly used common names.  The ability to sort by a variable number of common names was quite a programming feat by our web designer!

Chinese Names:  In Pinyin if available, and sometimes Japanese or other oriental names are there too.

Sanskrit Names:  Also Hindu names are here, if available.

Category:  Category will list herbs by a different sort list such that you can find herbs by special categories such as Adaptogen, Culinary, GreenhouseHerb, PreppersHerb, Toxic, etc.  We're still working on the ability to have more than one Category and to be listed by Category.  At the moment, the first Category listed wins.

Family:  Thankfully there's only one plant family to fit THE Latin name.

Energy:  Warm, Cold, Hot, Dry, etc.

Taste:  Bitter, Sweet, Sour, Acrid, etc.

The energy and taste of plants, if listed, are from David Winston's Herbal Studies Course. If you truly want to learn herbal medicine, his virtual internet/on site course is excellent!

Parts Used:  Bark, Roots, Leaves, Flowers, Seed, etc.

Details:  This Details section has lots of room for writing about the plants and how to grow them.  Eventually I will include medicinal use and other information. This is a huge undertaking.  This web site will grow one herb at a time.  Anybody want to help?

To search for herbs by specific growing conditions, I have had to make up some double words to categorize the plants.  Here are a suggested list of search words:

acid-soil, alkaline-soil, any-garden-soil, clay-soil, dry-soil, hates-clay, heavy-clay-soil, humus-soil, light-soil, medium-loam-soil, moist-soil, poor-soil, rich-soil, sandy-soil, well-drained-soil, wet-soil.

afternoon-shade, dappled-shade, desert-sun, drought-tolerant, dry-soil, full-shade, full-sun, hates-humid-climates,  loves-humid-climates, morning-sun-only, partial-shade, loves-hot-summers.

If plants like sandy soil or will tolerate clay, just put sandy-soil or clay-soil in the search.  I am particularly fond of hummingbirds.  Herbs that attract these lovely little birds can be found by just putting hummingbirds in the search (I know, I know, database still needs a lot of work). 

Most of the information on the USDA Hardiness Zones comes from Encyclopedia of Herbs, Revised edition, by Deni Brown, Covent Garden Books, DK Publishing, NY, NY, 2001.  Again, the beauty of a computer is that, unlike a book, it is easily searchable.  The Zones are labelled by putting a Z in front of the zone number.  As an example, you can find what will grow in Zone 8 by putting "Z8" in the search.

Links to what I think is well-written information on growing individual herbs will be added to the Details section if available. 

Come back often to watch this web site grow!

Photographers are credited on each photo.
Most of the herb photos are the beautiful work of Martin Wall.  See more of his work at his web site

Rima Kittley, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, RH (AHG)
Student of herbal medicine in Lufkin, Texas

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