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Organic Gardening:


What Family is that crop?


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You can use this chart to find out what Family any fruit, vegetable or herb is in, whether for curiosity's sake or to help you in planning crop rotation schemes.

The family will give you some indication of the nutritional requirements, which you will need to modify by the type.

For example, Cruciferae contains both root crops (turnips, swede) and leaf crops (cabbage, Brussels sprout), as well as a number of plants often classified either as herbs or saladings (rocket, mustards). Each of these types within the Cruciferae family requires a different feeding regime, although for rotation purposes, it's important that you leave at least 2 years (and preferably 3) between Cruciferae crops planted in the same position. This is to avoid clubroot, which is very difficult to eradicate.



CropFamilyGroup
Aaron's rodCompositae4
Absinthe WormwoodCompositae4
African marigoldCompositae4
Ajowan/AjwainUmbelliferae3
AlecostCompositae4
AlfalfaLeguminosae7
AlkanetBoraginaceae9
AllhealLabiatae9
Aloe veraLiliaceae6
AmbretteMalvaceae9
Purple/Red/Mexican Grain AmaranthAmaranthaceae9
American ginsengAraliaceae9
American CressCruciferae (Brassicas)2
American marigoldCompositae4
American saffronCompositae4
Angel's trumpetSolanaceae9
Angelica/Angelique/ArchangelUmbelliferae3
AniseUmbelliferae3
Anise hyssopLabiatae9
Annual hibiscusMalvaceae9
AppleRosaceae9
Apple mintLabiatae9
ApricotRosaceae9
Archangel (Angelica)Umbelliferae3
Archangel (Deadnettle)Labiatae9
ArnicaCompositae4
ArugalaCruciferae (Brassicas)2
AsparagusLiliaceae6
Poor man's asparagusChenopodiaceae1
AubergineSolanaceae8
Autumn crocusIridaceae9
Aztec marigoldCompositae4
Balm mint/Sweet balmLabiatae9
Balsam herbCompositae4
Holy basilLabiatae9
Lemon basilLabiatae9
(Sweet) basilLabiatae9
Bay/Sweet bay/Bay laurelLauraceae9
BayberryMyricaceae9
Beans, BroadLeguminosae7
Beans, FrenchLeguminosae7
Beans, RunnerLeguminosae7
Spring beautyPortulacaceae9
Lady's/Yellow bedstrawRubiaceae9
Sweet scented bedstrawRubiaceae9
Lemon beebrushVerbenaceae9
Bee herbLabiatae9
Bee nettleLabiatae9
Leaf BeetChenopodiaceae1
BeetrootChenopodiaceae1
Bell pepperSolanaceae8
BergamotLabiatae9
Bethlehem sageBoraginaceae9
Betony/Wood betonyLabiatae9
Woolly betonyLabiatae9
Bishop's weedUmbelliferae3
BishopswortLabiatae9
BistortPolygonaceae9
Bitter thistleCompositae9
BlackberryRosaceae9
Black cuminRanunculaceae9
BlackcurrantSaxifragaceae9
Black elderCaprifoliaceae9
Black mustardCruciferae (Brassicas)2
BlackwortBoraginaceae9
Blessed thistle (Milk thistle)Compositae4
Blessed thistle (St Benedict's thistle)Compositae4
BloodrootRosaceae9
BliteChenopodiaceae1
BlueberryEricaceae9
Blue gumMyrtaceae9
Blue sailorsCompositae4
Blue weedBoraginaceae9
Bog myrtleMyricaceae9
BonesetCompositae4
BorageBoraginaceae9
Bouncing BettyCaryophyllaceae9
BridewortRosaceae9
Broad beansLeguminosae7
BroccoliCruciferae (Brassicas)2
BrooklimeCruciferae2
Brussels sproutCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Buckler's sorrelPolygonaceae9
Viper's buglossBoraginaceae9
Bunching onionLiliaceae6
Bulbous chervilUmbelliferae3
Great/Japanese burdockCompositae4
Garden/Salad/Small burnetRosaceae9
Bush beansLeguminosae7
Butter beansLeguminosae7
ButterburCompositae4
CabbageCruciferae (Brassicas)2
CalabreseCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Lesser calamintLabiatae9
CalendulaCompositae4
Cape gooseberrySolanaceae8
CapsicumSolanaceae8
CarawayUmbelliferae3
CardoonCompositae4
CaromUmbelliferae3
CarrotUmbelliferae3
Catmint/CatnipLabiatae9
CauliflowerCruciferae (Brassicas)2
CeleriacUmbelliferae3
CeleryUmbelliferae3
Leaf/Wild celeryUmbelliferae3
CeltuceCompositae4
Lawn/Roman chamomileCompositae4
ChardChenopodiaceae1
ChervilUmbelliferae3
Spanish chervilUmbelliferae3
Chick peasLeguminosae7
ChicoryCompositae4
Chilli pepperSolanaceae8
Chinese aniseUmbelliferae3
Chinese broccoliCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Chinese cabbageCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Chinese chives/leekLiliaceae6
Chinese gooseberryDilleniaceae9
Chinese parsleyUmbelliferae3
ChivesLiliaceae6
Chop Suey greensCompositae4
Dalmatian chrysanthemumCompositae4
CibouleLiliaceae6
CilantroUmbelliferae3
Citrus thymeLabiatae9
Clary/Clary sage/CleareyeLabiatae9
Yellow sweet cloverLeguminosae7
ColtsfootCompositae4
ComfreyBoraginaceae9
Purple coneflowerCompositae4
CorianderUmbelliferae3
CornGramineae9
Corn poppyPapaveraceae9
Corn saladValierianaceae9
Corsican mintLabiatae9
CostmaryCompositae4
Cotton lavenderCompositae4
CoughwortCompositae4
CourgetteCucurbitaceae5
CowslipPrimulaceae9
Jerusalem cowslipBoraginaceae9
Cress/American cress/Land cressCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Indian cressTropaeolaceae9
Italian cressCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Cretan oreganoLabiatae9
Crimson bee balmLabiatae9
Autumn/Saffron crocusIridaceae9
Crow soapCaryophyllaceae9
CrummocksUmbelliferae3
CucumberCucurbitaceae5
CuminUmbelliferae3
Black cuminRanunculaceae9
Sweet cuminUmbelliferae3
Curry plantCompositae4
Dalmatian chrysanthemumCompositae4
DandelionCompositae4
White DeadnettleLabiatae9
DillUmbelliferae3
Velvet dockScrophulariaceae9
Little dragonCompositae4
DragonwortPolygonaceae9
Dyer's buglossBoraginaceae9
Dyer's saffronCompositae4
EchinaceaCompositae4
EggplantSolanaceae8
Egyptian onionLiliaceae6
Elder/Black elder/ElderberryCaprifoliaceae9
EndiveCompositae4
EpazoteChenopodiaceae1
Field eryngoUmbelliferae3
EucalyptusMyrtaceae9
European pennyroyalLabiatae9
Evening primroseOnagraceae9
Faba beansLeguminosae7
FairywortPrimulaceae9
Fat henChenopodiaceae1
Fava beansLeguminosae7
Fennel flowerRanunculaceae9
Florence/Sweet fennelUmbelliferae3
Herb fennelUmbelliferae3
FenugreekLeguminosae7
Wild feverfewCompositae4
Field eryngoUmbelliferae3
Field/Flanders poppyPapaveraceae9
FieldwortLabiatae9
FigMoraceae9
Flageolet beansLeguminosae7
FlaxLinaceae9
Florence fennelUmbelliferae3
Common foxgloveScrophulariaceae9
Woolly foxgloveScrophulariaceae9
French beansLeguminosae7
French lilacLeguminosae7
French marigoldCompositae4
French sorrelPolygonaceae9
French tarragonCompositae4
Fried egg plantLimnanthaceae9
Fuller's herbCaryophyllaceae9
Fuller's teaselDipsacaceae9
Sweet galeMyricaceae9
Garbanzo beansLeguminosae7
Garden angelicaUmbelliferae3
Garden burnetRosaceae9
Garden chervilUmbelliferae3
Garden heliotropeValerianaceae9
Garden marigoldCompositae4
Garden myrrhUmbelliferae3
Garden sageLabiatae9
Garden thymeLabiatae9
Garden valerianValerianaceae9
GarlicLiliaceae6
Garlic chivesLiliaceae6
Wild garlicLiliaceae6
GherkinCucurbitaceae5
Giant marigoldCompositae4
GingerZingiberaceae9
Ginger mintLabiatae9
American ginsengAraliaceae9
Globe artichokeCompositae4
Goat's rueLeguminosae7
Goat weedGuttiferae9
GoboCompositae4
GoldenrodCompositae4
Good King HenryChenopodiaceae1
GooseberrySaxifragaceae9
White goosefootChenopodiaceae1
Gourmet's parsleyUmbelliferae3
Grand WormwoodCompositae4
GravelrootCompositae4
Great burdockCompositae4
Great mulleinScrophulariaceae9
Greek oreganoLabiatae9
Green mintLabiatae9
Green onionLiliaceae6
Grey santolinaCompositae4
Ground cherrySolanaceae8
Blue gumMyrtaceae9
Hamburg parsleyUmbelliferae3
Haricot beansLeguminosae7
Holy hayLeguminosae7
Heal allLabiatae9
HeartseaseViolaceae9
Garden heliotropeValerianaceae9
HempCannabinaceae9
Herbs (most)various9
Herb of graceRutaceae9
Herb PeterPrimulaceae9
Annual hibiscusMalvaceae9
HoligoldCompositae4
Sea hollyUmbelliferae3
HollyhockMalvaceae9
Holy basilLabiatae9
Holy hayLeguminosae7
Honey flowerLabiatae9
Common hopCannabinaceae9
Common/White horehoundLabiatae9
HorseradishCruciferae2
Hot pepperSolanaceae8
Hyacinth beansLeguminosae7
HypericumGuttiferae9
HyssopLabiatae9
Anise hyssopLabiatae9
IceplantAizoaceae9
Indian cornGramineae9
Indian lettucePortulacaceae9
Japanese burdockCompositae4
IlliciumUmbelliferae3
Jack in the greenRanunculaceae9
Jacob's ladderPolemoniaceae9
Japanese burdockCompositae4
JeeraUmbelliferae3
Jerusalem artichokeCompositae4
Jerusalem cowslipBoraginaceae9
Jimson/Jamestown weedSolanaceae9
Joe Pye weedCompositae4
Common juniperCupressaceae9
Jupiter's staffScrophulariaceae9
KaleCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Kenya beansLeguminosae7
Kitchen sageLabiatae9
Kiwi fruitDilleniaceae9
Klamath weedGuttiferae9
KnitboneBoraginaceae9
Kohl rabiCruciferae (Brassicas)2
KolonjiRanunculaceae9
KomatsunaCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Ku chaiLiliaceae6
Lablab beansLeguminosae7
Lad's loveCompositae4
Lady's bedstrawRubiaceae9
Lady's mantleRosaceae9
Lamb's earsLabiatae9
Lamb's lettuceValierianaceae9
Land cressCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Common larkspurRanunculaceae9
Bay laurelLauraceae9
Common lavenderLabiatae9
Lawn chamomileCompositae4
Leaf beetChenopodiaceae1
Leaf celeryUmbelliferae3
LeekLiliaceae6
Lemon balmLabiatae9
Lemon basilLabiatae9
Lemon beebrushVerbenaceae9
Lemon plantCompositae4
Lemon thymeLabiatae9
Lemon verbenaVerbenaceae9
Leopard's baneCompositae4
Lesser calamintLabiatae9
LettuceCompositae4
Indian/Miner's lettucePortulacaceae9
French lilacLeguminosae7
Lily of the valleyLiliaceae6
Lima beansLeguminosae7
Lincolnshire SpinachChenopodiaceae1
LinseedLinaceae9
Little dragonCompositae4
Little leaved mintLabiatae9
LoganberryRosaceae9
LousewortLabiatae9
LovageUmbelliferae3
Love in a mistRanunculaceae9
Love lies bleedingAmaranthaceae9
MacheValierianaceae9
Maid's ruinCompositae4
MaizeGramineae9
Musk mallowMalvaceae9
Mange tout peasLeguminosae7
French marigoldCompositae4
Giant/Mexican marigoldCompositae4
Pot marigoldCompositae4
MarijuanaCannabinaceae9
Common/Sweet marjoramLabiatae9
Pot marjoramLabiatae9
Wild marjoramLabiatae9
MarrowCucurbitaceae5
Mary and JosephBoraginaceae9
Mary budCompositae4
Mary's thistleCompositae4
MayflowerPrimulaceae9
MeadowsweetRosaceae9
Yellow melilotLeguminosae7
MelissaLabiatae9
MelonCucurbitaceae5
MercuryChenopodiaceae1
MethiLeguminosae7
Mexican Grain AmaranthAmaranthaceae9
Mexican marigoldCompositae4
Mexican teaChenopodiaceae1
MilfoilCompositae4
Milk thistleCompositae4
Common milkweedAsclepiadaceae9
Miner's lettucePortulacaceae9
Apple mintLabiatae9
Balm mintLabiatae9
Corsican mintLabiatae9
Ginger mintLabiatae9
Green mintLabiatae9
Little leaved mintLabiatae9
Red mintLabiatae9
Round leaved mintLabiatae9
Woolly mintLabiatae9
MizunaCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Mountain tobaccoCompositae4
MoxaCompositae4
MugwortCompositae4
Great/White mulleinScrophulariaceae9
Musk mallow/Musk okraMalvaceae9
Black mustardCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Mustard greensCruciferae (Brassicas)2
White mustardCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Muster-John-HenryCompositae4
Garden myrrhUmbelliferae3
Bog myrtleMyrtaceae9
Common myrtleMyrtaceae9
NasturtiumTropaeolaceae9
NectarineRosaceae9
Needle beansLeguminosae7
Bee nettleLabiatae9
Common/Stinging nettleUrticaceae9
New Zealand spinachAizoaceae9
NiraLiliaceae6
OkraMalvaceae9
Musk okraMalvaceae9
Bunching/Green/Welsh onionLiliaceae6
OnionsLiliaceae6
Opium poppyPapaveraceae9
OrachChenopodiaceae1
OrchanetBoraginaceae9
Oregano/Greek oreganoLabiatae9
Oswego teaLabiatae9
Our Lady's laceRubiaceae9
Our Lady's tearsLiliaceae6
Pak choiCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Wild pansyViolaceae9
ParsleyUmbelliferae3
ParsnipUmbelliferae3
Passion fruitPassifloraceae9
PeachRosaceae9
PearRosaceae9
PeasLeguminosae7
European pennyroyalLabiatae9
PeppermintLabiatae9
Perpetual spinachChenopodiaceae1
PigweedPortulacaceae9
PlumRosaceae9
Poached egg plantLimnanthaceae9
Pole beansLeguminosae7
PopcornGramineae9
Corn/Field/Flanders poppyPapaveraceae9
Opium poppyPapaveraceae9
PotatoSolanaceae8
Pot marigoldCompositae4
Pot marjoramLabiatae9
Potato onionLiliaceae6
Pride of the meadowRosaceae9
Common/Wild primrosePrimulaceae9
Evening primroseOnagraceae9
PrimulaPrimulaceae9
Prince's featherAmaranthaceae9
PumpkinCucurbitaceae5
Purple AmaranthAmaranthaceae9
Purple coneflowerCompositae4
Common/Summer purslanePortulacaceae9
Winter purslanePortulacaceae9
PyrethrumCompositae9
Queen of the meadowRosaceae9
RaddichioCompositae4
RadishCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Horse radishCruciferae2
RamsonsLiliaceae6
RaspberryRosaceae9
Red AmaranthAmaranthaceae9
RedcurrantSaxifragaceae9
Red mintLabiatae9
RhiganiLabiatae9
RhubarbPolygonaceae9
Rhubarb chardChenopodiaceae1
Rocket/Salad rocket/Roka/RoquetteCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Roman chamomileCompositae4
Roman corianderRanunculaceae9
RosellaMalvaceae9
Round leaved mintLabiatae9
RosemaryLabiatae9
Ruby chardChenopodiaceae1
RucolaCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Common rueRutaceae9
Goat's rueLeguminosae7
Runner beansLeguminosae7
Russian comfreyBoraginaceae9
Sacred BasilLabiatae9
Safflower/American saffronCompositae4
SaffronIridaceae9
Saffron thistleCompositae4
Bethlehem sageBoraginaceae9
Sage/Garden sage/Kitchen sageLabiatae9
St Benedict's thistleCompositae9
St John's wortGuttiferae9
St Joseph's WortLabiatae9
Salad burnetRosaceae9
Salad rocketCruciferae (Brassicas)2
SalsifyCompositae4
Grey santolinaCompositae4
Summer savoryLabiatae9
Winter savoryLabiatae9
ScallionsLiliaceae6
ScolymusCompositae4
ScorzoneraCompositae4
Sea hollyUmbelliferae3
Sea kaleCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Seakale beetChenopodiaceae1
Self healLabiatae9
SesamePedaliaceae9
ShallotsLiliaceae6
ShungikuCompositae4
SkirretUmbelliferae3
Small burnetRosaceae9
SnakeweedPolygonaceae9
SneezewortCompositae4
SnowflakeLabiatae9
SoapwortCaryophyllaceae9
Soldiers and sailorsBoraginaceae9
Soldier's friendCompositae4
Solomon's sealLiliaceae6
Buckler's/French sorrelPolygonaceae9
SouthernwoodCompositae4
Soy(a) beansLeguminosae7
Spanish buglossBoraginaceae9
Spanish chervilUmbelliferae3
SpearmintLabiatae9
SpinachChenopodiaceae1
Lincolnshire spinachChenopodiaceae1
Spotted dogBoraginaceae9
Spring beautyPortulacaceae9
Spring cabbageCruciferae (Brassicas)2
SquashCucurbitaceae5
Star aniseUmbelliferae3
Star flowerBoraginaceae9
Stem lettuceCompositae4
Stinging nettleUrticaceae9
Stinkin' InginsLiliaceae6
Stinking RogerCompositae4
StrawberryRosaceae9
Wild strawberryRosaceae9
Strawberry spinachChenopodiaceae1
SuccoryCompositae4
Summer purslanePortulacaceae9
Summer savoryLabiatae9
SunflowerCompositae4
SwedeCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Sweet balmLabiatae9
Sweet basilLabiatae9
Sweet bayLauraceae9
Sweet scented bedstraw/Sweet woodruffRubiaceae9
Sweet cicelyUmbelliferae3
Sweet cornGramineae9
Sweet cuminUmbelliferae3
Sweet fennelUmbelliferae3
Sweet galeMyricaceae9
Sweet pepperSolanaceae8
Sweet violetViolaceae9
Sweet potatoConvulvulaceae9
Swiss chardChenopodiaceae1
Common tansyCompositae4
French tarragonCompositae4
Tassel flowerAmaranthaceae9
TayberryRosaceae9
Mexican teaChenopodiaceae1
Common teaselDipsacaceae9
Texsel greensCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Blessed thistle (Milk thistle)Compositae4
Mary's/Milk thistleCompositae4
Blessed thistle (St Benedict's thistle)Compositae9
Saffron thistleCompositae4
St Benedict's thistleCompositae9
Thorn appleSolanaceae9
ThoroughwortCompositae4
Common/Garden thymeLabiatae9
TobaccoSolanaceae8
TomatilloSolanaceae8
TomatoSolanaceae8
TormentilRosaceae9
True SaffronIridaceae9
TulsiLabiatae9
TurnipCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Valerian/Garden heliotropeValerianaceae9
Velvet dockScrophulariaceae9
Venuscup teaselDipsacaceae9
VervainVerbenaceae9
Sweet violetViolaceae9
Virginian witch hazelHamamelidaceae9
Lemon verbenaVerbenaceae9
Viper's buglossBoraginaceae9
WatercressCruciferae2
Welsh onionLiliaceae6
WhitecurrantSaxifragaceae9
White deadnettleLabiatae9
White goosefootChenopodiaceae1
White horehoundLabiatae9
White mustardCruciferae (Brassicas)2
Wild celeryUmbelliferae3
Wild garlicLiliaceae6
Wild marjoramLabiatae9
Wild pansyViolaceae9
Wild strawberryRosaceae9
Winter heliotropeCompositae4
Winter purslanePortulacaceae9
Winter savoryLabiatae9
Witch hazelHamamelidaceae9
WoadCruciferae9
Wolf's baneCompositae4
Wood betonyLabiatae9
Sweet woodruffRubiaceae9
Woolly betonyLabiatae9
Woolly mintLabiatae9
WormseedChenopodiaceae1
WormwoodCompositae4
WoundwortLabiatae9
Common yarrowCompositae4
Yellow bedstrawRubiaceae9
Yellow melilot/Yellow sweet cloverLeguminosae7
ZucchiniCucurbitaceae5


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