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English/Latin
Abelmoschus moschatus
Achillea millefolium
Agastache anethiodorum
Agastache foeniculum
Alcea rosea
Alchemilla speciosa
Alchemilla vulgaris
Alchemilla xanthochlora
Alkanna tinctoria
Alkanna tuberculata
Allium fistulosum
Allium sativum
Allium schoenoprasum
Allium tuberosum
Allium ursinum
Aloe vera
Aloysia citrodora
Aloysia triphylla
Althaea rosea
Amaranthus caudatus
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Anchusa tinctoria
Anethum graveolens
Angelica archangelica
Anisum vulgare
Anthemis nobilis
Anthriscus cerefolium
Apium graveolens
Aralia quinquefolia
Archangelica officinalis
Arctium lappa
Arctium majus
Armoracia lapathifolia
Armoracia rusticana
Arnica montana
Artemisia abrotanum
Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia dracunculus
Artemisia vulgaris
Asclepias syriaca
Asperula odorata
Betonica officinale
Bistorta major
Borago officinalis
Brassica alba
Brassica hirta
Brassica nigra
Calamintha nepeta
Calendula officinalis
Cannabis sativa
Carbenia benedicta
Carduus marianus
Carpobrotus crystallinum
Carthamnus tinctorius
Carthamus tinctorius
Carum carvi
Carum copticum
Chamaemelum nobile
Chenopodium album
Chenopodium ambrosioides
Chenopodium bonus-henricus
Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium
Cichorium intybus
Claytonia perfoliata
Cnicus benedictus
Consolida ajacis
Consolida ambigua
Convallaria majalis
Coriandrum sativum
Crocus sativus
Cryophytum crystallinum
Cuminum cyminum
Cynara scolymus
Datura stramonium
Digitalis lanata
Digitalis purpurea
Dipsacus fullonum
Dipsacus sylvestris
Echinacea purpurea
Echium vulgare
Eruca vesicaria sativa
Eryngium campestre
Eryngium maritinum
Eucalyptus globulus
Eupatorium cannabinum
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Eupatorium purpureum
Filipendula ulmaria
Foeniculum officinale
Foeniculum vulgare
Fragaria vesca
Galega bicolor
Galega officinalis
Galega persica
Galega tricolor
Galium odoratum
Galium verum
Hamamelis virginiana
Helianthus annuus
Helianthus giganteus
Helichrysum angustifolium
Helichrysum italicum
Hibiscus abelmoschus
Humulus lupulus
Hypericum perforatum
Hyssopus officinalis
Isatis tinctoria
Juniperus communis
Lamium album
Lappa major
Laurus nobilis
Lavandula angustifolia
Lavandula officinalis
Lavandula spica
Lavandula vera
Levisticum officinale
Limnanthes douglasii
Lingusticum levisticum
Linum usitatissimum
Lippia citrodora
Lippia triphylla
Lobelia inflata
Majorana hortensis
Marrubium vulgare
Medicago sativa
Melilotus officinalis
Melissa officinalis
Mentha pulegium
Mentha requienii
Mentha sativa gentilis
Mentha suaveolens
Mentha viridis spicata
Mentha x gentilis
Mentha x gracilis
Mentha x piperita officinalis
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum
Monarda didyma
Montia perfoliata
Myrica gale
Myrrhis odorata
Myrtus communis
Nasturtium officinale
Nepeta cataria
Nigella damascena
Nigella sativa
Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora
Ocimum sanctum
Ocimum tenuiflorum
Ocimum x citriodorum
Oenothera biennis
Onagra biennis
Origanum majorana
Origanum majoranoides
Origanum onites
Origanum vulgare
Panax quinquefolius
Papaver rhoeas
Papaver somniferum
Persicaria bistorta
Petroselinum crispum
Pimpinella anisum
Polemonium caeruleum
Polygonatum odoratum
Polygonum bistorta
Portulaca oleracea
Potentilla erecta
Potentilla tormentilla
Poterium dictyocarpum
Poterium sanguisorba
Primula acaulis
Primula veris
Primula vulgaris
Prunella vulgaris
Pulmonaria officinalis
Pyrethrum cinerariifolium
Rosmarinus lavandulaceus
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rumex scutatus
Ruta graveolens
Salvia officinalis
Salvia sclarea turkestanica
Sambucus nigra
Sanguisorba minor
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Santolina incana
Saponaria officinalis
Satureja hortensis
Satureja montana
Sesamum indicum
Sesamum orientale
Silybum marianum
Sinapis alba
Sinapis nigra
Solidago virgaurea
Stachys betonica
Stachys byzantina
Stachys lanata
Stachys officinalis
Stachys olympica
Symphytum asperum x officinale
Symphytum officinale
Symphytum peregrinum
Symphytum x uplandicum
Tagetes erecta
Tagetes lunulata
Tagetes minuta
Tagetes patula
Tanacetum balsamita
Tanacetum cinerariifolium
Tanacetum parthenium
Tanacetum vulgare
Taraxacum officinale
Thymus serpyllum citratus
Thymus serpyllum citriodorum
Thymus vulgaris
Thymus x citriodorus
Tormentilla erecta
Trachyspermum ammi
Trigonella foenum-graecum
Tropaeolum majus
Tussilago farfara
Urtica dioica
Valeriana officinalis
Valerianella locusta
Verbascum thapsus
Verbena officinalis
Verbena triphylla
Viola odorata
Viola tricolor
Zingiber officinale


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Organic Herb Gardening


Herb Garden: Dandelion

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Dandelion  
Taraxacum officinale  Family: Compositae
Blanched leaves make good salad
Blanched leaves make good salad

Hardy Perennial
30cm (1')  x 45cm (18")
Sun or shade
moist rich soil, neutral to alkaline, but will grow almost anywhere
Cultivation Notes: You can sow seed in Spring, but the crop is a well known weed, difficult to eradicate because of the long taproot. If growing for use as a herbal remedy or in the kitchen, it is essential that all flowers are removed before seeds are produced and not composted. Once established, the plants will regrow and can be cut back whenever the mood takes you. They should be kept about 30cm (1') apart, to allow for a light-excluding cover to be put over individual plants for blanching (which takes 10-14 days), if grown to eat. Pick leaves in spring and use fresh or dried for medicinal use. Replace dried stock annually. Lift 2-year old roots in autumn and extract juice or dry.

General: Use the whole plant as a dye for wool, producing a magenta colour (no mordant).
Garden Use: Deters - Colorado beetles. Hosts beneficial insects - beneficial wasps.
Culinary Use: Blanched leaves can be used in salads and as a spinach substitute. Roasted roots are used as a coffee substitute (for people who don't really like coffee!). The whole plant is used to flavour drinks (e.g. Dandelion and Burdock).
Medical Use: Promotes healing of the liver. Use internally for acne, constipation, eczema, joint pain, oedema, gallbladder, liver and urinary problems.
See also: Dandelion as a herbal remedy.