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It has only been possible to give a brief indication of each plants value. Many excellent publications are now available and should be consulted, especially if the intention is to use medicinal herbs, and expert advice is essential; if in doubt contact a qualified practitioner.
Plants help people in varying ways, and we cannot be held responsible for their use or effect.
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ABSCESS ROOT Polemonium reptans 30cm. A north American herb with astringent properties. Bright blue branched spring flowers and dense pinnate foliage. Shaded moist site. Plant - £3.00
ACONITE, SICHUAN Aconitum carmichaelii 90cm. Beautiful blue flowers in late summer. The poisonous rhizome is for qualified practitioner use only, externally for rheumatism and arthritis. Plant - £3.90
ADDER'S TONGUE Erythronium americanum 15cm. A striking perennial from northeast America where it brightens moist woodland in the spring with its purple variegated leaves and yellow lily flowers. The leaves help heal skin problems. Bulbs (3) - £3.00
ADONIS, SPRING Adonis vernalis 15cm. A central European herb used in homoeopathy for heart conditions. Large bright yellow flowers in spring. Enjoys a dry, sunny site. Plant - £7.90
c AGRIMONY (Mur-dhraidhean) Agrimonia eupatoria 45cm. Bears small yellow flower spikes, yielding a yellow dye. Makes a gargle for coughs and externally in a lotion for wounds. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
ALOE VERA Aloe vera T P 30cm. The leaf juice from this attractive succulent provides us with an effective external remedy for minor burns, stings and skin problems. If you want to use it internally we recommend that you seek medical advice . Small Plant - £6.50
Large Plant - £9.90
c ANENOME RIVULARIS / SUBKA Anenome rivularis 30cm. A lovely white and mauve flowered herbaceous perennial from the Himalayas." Subka". The leaf is used to help clear coughs and fevers, the seeds are roasted and pickled and a decoction of the root is applied to cuts and wounds. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
c ANGELICA, CHINESE ( Dang Gui) Angelica polymorpha sinensis P Bi 60cm. The root of this white flowered herbaceous plant is usually used to help regulate menstruation and as a general 'warming' tonic. Prefers a moist, shaded site outdoors. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.90
a or g ARNICA Arnica montana 30cm. A protected alpine herb with yellow-gold flowers. Poisonous internally, but it provides a fine external treatment for bruises and sprains, and in homoeopathy for shock and injury. This is our own variety which is free flowering and vigorous. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
ASARABACCA (Asair) Asarum europaeum P E 15cm. Excellent ground cover with deep green kidney-shaped leaves, which when dried and powdered produce a snuff. Shaded site. Plant - £3.90
g ASHWAGANDHA (or Indian Ginseng) Withania somnifera HHA  60cm. Important Ayurvedic herb with ginseng-like properties. Grow as half-hardy annual, harvesting the roots. In northern gardens either grow in a polytunnel/cold frame or in a container. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £3.00
c BANEBERRY, BLACK Actaea spicata 45cm. Deep green fern-like foliage, white flowers and poisonous black berries which yield a black dye. Shaded site. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £1.50
c BARBERRY Berberis vulgaris 200cm. A native deciduous shrub with slightly oriental looking yellow flowers followed by bright red berries, used in medieval times as a high vitamin C jelly. In Europe and in India the root and bark are used extensively, for example as a liver tonic and detoxicant and for their anti-cancer effects. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £2.00
BASIL, CAMPHOR Ocimum kilimandscharicum HHP  120cm. A vigorous perennial and part parent of AFRICAN BLUE Basil. A crushed leaf creates a strong camphor aroma which will help clear a blocked nose and cold. In Africa it is used as a mosquito repellent and a commercial source for Camphor. Plant - £6.50
BEARBERRY (Grainnseag) Arcostaphylos uva-ursi P E 10cm. Highland mat forming evergreen shrub; clustered early pink flowers, and bright red autums berries. Rock garden with acidic soil. Contains astringent and diuretic properties Plant - £3.90
BETEL Piper betle TPE  10cm. A tender evergreen climber with glossy pointed leaves that will creep or clamber depending on the habitat. It requires a lot of warmth and humidity so grow in a greenhouse or semi-shaded area in the conservatory that is heated in the winter, being a native of southern Asia. The leaves have a slightly spicy flavour with medicinal properties, to be nibbled in moderation. Plant - £13.90
BETHROOT Trillium erectum 30cm. The root of this American Indian herb may be used internally as an astringent and externally for sores and ulcers. Three leaved and striking tripartite deep red spring flowers,prefers a moist shaded (in summer)position. Plant - £4.90
a BETONY WOOD (Lus bheathag) Stachys officinalis 30cm. Deep green toothed leaves and two lipped purple-red flowers. Used in herbal medicine to combat nervous exhaustion and tension headaches. Shaded situation. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
BIRTHWORT Aristolochia clematitis 60cm. An unusual and rare herb with heart-shaped leaves and yellow tubular flowers. Internally toxic, but in homoeopathy it is noted for relieving menstrual problems. Plant - £6.50
BISTORT (Bilur) Persicaria bistorta 60cm. Fresh pink flowers and broad leaves that form part of a north country Easter pudding. The root contains astringent properties. Moist, shaded site. Plant - £1.50
c BITTERSWEET / WOODY NIGHTSHADE Solanum dulcamara 200cm. Native climber with bright purple/yellow flowers followed by poisonous red berries. The sems and flowers are used to treat skin problems and rheumatism. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £1.50
BLACKROOT/CULVERS ROOT Veronicastrum virginicum 1300cm. A North American native herbaceous perennial with pointed leaves and late summer white flower spikes. The root contains purgative and emetic properties and is for professional use only Plant - £4.90
c BLOODROOT Sanguinaria canadensis 15cm. Beautiful white early spring flowers, wrapped in palmate leaves. The (poisonous) rhizome is utilised as a homoeopathic asthma and bronchitis remedy, and also produces a red dye. Leafmould and shaded site. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.00
BLOODROOT, (Double flowered) Sanguinaria canadensis 15cm. Very attractive intricate white flowers in spring. Enjoys summer shade with slight moisture and leafmould. Plant - £6.50
BLUE FLAG. Iris versicolour 60cm. A clump forming native of moist places in north America. The blue flowers splashed with yellow and white create a striking and unusual effect. The straight stem leaves grow from a creeping rhizome that is used by herbalists and homoeopaths. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.00
c BOG MYRTLE (Rideag) Myrica gale 90cm. 'Sweet Gale'. Deciduous shrub with aromatic foliage utilised for flavouring beer or in pot-pourri, linen bags and repelling insects. Bog garden with acidic soil. Plant - £6.50
Seeds - £2.00
BOGBEAN (Tri Bhilean) Menyanthes trifolata 45cm. Native aquatic herb with pink-white flowers and three-lobed leaves which give us a bitter tonic medicine, still popular in the outer Hebridean Isles Plant - £3.00
BONESET Eupatorium perfoliatum 90cm. Large hairy leaves and clustered cream flowers mainly used as a cough and cold remedy stimulating the immune system. Used in homoeopathy Plant - £6.50
BROOKLIME Veronica beccabunga 30cm. A blue flowered creeping plant for the water garden, with a bitter watercress flavour. An old remedy for scurvy. Plant - £1.50
BUGLE (Meacan dubh fiadhain) Ajuga reptans 20cm. Small but important native vulnerary herb with bright blue flowers. The leaves will help stop bleeding. Plant - £1.50
a or c BURDOCK (Bramasag) Arctium minus Bi  90cm. Root, leaf and seeds provide us with various remedies including treating skin problems. Seeds - £1.00
a BURDOCK HIMALAYAN , or KUTH / COSTUS Saussurea costus / lappa  P 150cm. Endangered in the wild due to overharvesting. Kuth is easy to cultivate as a large hardy herbaceous perennial. The aromatic root is utilised in Ayurvedic medicine and perfumery. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
BUTCHERS BROOM (Calg-bhealaidh..) Ruscus aculeatus P E 30cm. A native shrub with prickly evergreen leaves and red berries. It has edible young shoots, contains a medicinal substance of use in jaundice and gravel, and is used as a Christmas decoration in the home and church.We have a self-pollinating varity available that fruits freely. Plant - £6.50
BUTTERBUR (Gallan mòr) Petasites albus P RR 30cm. White-pink early spring clustered flowers. The root is used to treat several chest problems. Moist shaded site. Plant - £1.50
CALAMUS (Cuile-mhilis) Acorus calamus 75cm. Reed-like sweet scented leaves and aromatic rhizome used as a spice, in medicine, for flavouring beers, liquers and in perfumery. Edge of water garden. Plant - £3.90
CARLINE THISTLE Carlina vulgaris P Bi 15cm. Thistle with a rosette of leaves producing a large round 'silvery' flower that dries well. It enjoys a rock garden type site and the root contains substances that help tone and clean the liver and urinary systems.If the flower heads are left on for the winter, they provide a "nest" for overwintering ladybirds. Plant - £3.90
a CATMINT, WILD or CATNIP Nepeta cataria 90cm. Sends many cats in ecstasies so protect until established. Medicinal. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
CEDAR, WHITE / ARBOR-VITAE, Thuja occidentalis 2000cm. A hardy coniferous tree from north america. The leaves and bark have a fruity- camphor aroma that finds their way into many remedies, for example helping to reduce inflammations, clear toxins internally and externally. Not for home use. It can be grown as a therapeutic hedging plant. Plant - £3.90
a CELANDINE, GREATER (An ceann ruadh) Chelidonium majus 45cm. Yellow flowers and graceful green-yellow leaves which exude on bruising, a bright orange coloured juice. It is used in homoeopathy for jaundice and externally for treating warts.Used in homoeopathy Seeds - £1.00
b CENTAURY (Ceud bhileach) Centaurium erythraea Bi  30cm. An efficient bitter-tonic herb with antiseptic properties. Rose-coloured star-like flowers. Seeds - £1.00
CHAMOMILE, DOUBLE CREAM Chamaemelum nobile 'Flore Pleno' 10cm. This prostrate flowering variety is favoured medically, bearing showy double-headed cream flowers. Rock garden site. Plant - £1.50
a CHAMOMILE, ROMAN or COMMON (Camomhil) Chamaemelum nobile 20cm. An aromatic spreading perennial, useful for lawns but requires mowing, medically the flowers act as an external antiseptic, reducing swellings and inflammations. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.50
a or c CHAMOMILE, WILD or GERMAN Matricaria recutita/chamomilla 60cm. The most valuable and more commonly used chamomile. The flowers make a safe and gentle nerve-sedative and gastric tonic, especially for children. Sow outside. Seeds - £1.00
CHASTE TREE Vitex agnus castus HHP  120cm. European aromatic shrub with small lilac or lavender flowers. The seeds and leaves contain substances which alleviate or stimulate hormonal activity depending on your gender. Plant - £6.50
s CODONOPSIS 'Dang Shen' Codonopsis pilosula 120cm. A climber from western China, with bell-shaped greenish flowers and purple stripes and spots. The root yields a tonic drug used as a substitute for ginseng. Plant - £6.50
Seeds - £4.90
COHOSH, BLACK Cimicifuga racemosa 180cm. Handsome plant with feathery sweet scented flowers. The root may be used in moderation for rheumatism, period pain and menopausal problems.Not to be taken during pregnancy Moist shaded site. Plant - £6.50
COHOSH, BLUE Caulophyllum thalictroides 30cm. American Indian women once used the root for birth and menstruation problems. A fine early spring herb with blue-tinted foliage and small mauve flowers. Plant - £7.90
COLTSFOOT Tussilago farfara 20cm. Leaf and flower give us a remedy for coughs and externally for sores. A plant for the wild garden only. Plant - £1.50
a COLUMBINE (Lus à chalmain) Aguilegia vulgaris 90cm. A cottage garden native perennial with very attractive violet blue flowers. The root has been used externally to treat ulcers. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
COMFREY, BLUE Symphytum caucasicum 60cm. Handsome plant with gentian-blue flowers and a more compact habit. Plant - £2.00
COMFREY, COMMON (Lus na cnamh briste) Symphytum officinalis 90cm. High potash plant food and high protein stock feed. The root and leaves provide a poultice for sprains and bruises . Ours variety has creamy/ white flowers . Plant - £1.50
COMFREY, RUSSIAN Symphytum x uplandicum 120cm. A vigorous hybrid with red/blue flowers, a plant for the wild garden, with the same uses as Common Comfrey. Plant - £1.50
COMFREY, TUBEROUS Symphytum tuberosum 30cm. The native Scots variety, bearing bright, creamy-yellow spring flowers. Similar use and value as Common Comfrey, (and more by some authorities!) Plant - £1.50
COMFREY, VARIEGATED Symphytum ibericum variegatum 20cm. Very attractive creamy-yellow variegated creeping foliage all year round. Plant - £2.00
COMFREY, WHITE Symphytum grandiflorum 60cm. Ornamental variety with bright white flowers in early summer; prefers a moist, shaded situation. Plant - £2.00
COMFREY,DWARF Symphytum ibericum 30cm. Excellent ground cover. Dense foliage and clusters of cream coloured flowers in spring and autumn. Plant - £1.50
CREEPING JENNY Lysimachia nummularia 8cm. Ground cover perennial producing numerous yellow flowers. The whole bruised herb helps to heal cuts and relieve muscular/rheumatic conditions. Plant - £1.50
CRETAN ROCK-ROSE Cistus creticus HHPE  95cm. Evergreen shrub with glossy sticky leaves and pink flowers. The leaf resin is collected and used for flavouring chewing gum, ice cream. Medicinal with antibiotic effects. Grow as a HHP in northern gardens. Plant - £6.50
c CUCKOO PINT (Cluas chaoin) Arum maculatum 20cm. 'Lords & Ladies'. Arrow-shaped leaves of deep green with purple/brown spots. Bears poisonous berries. Used in homoeopathy for epilepsy and cramps. Shaded site. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
CULVERS or BLACKROOT Veronicastrum virginicum 60cm. A north american native herbaceous perennial with pointed leaves and late summer creamy-white flower spikes. The root contains purgative and emetic properties and is for profesional use only. Plant - £4.90
c CYCLAMEN, IVY LEAVED Cyclamen hederifolium 15cm. Wild native cyclamens brighten the autumnal garden with their variegated heart-shaped leaves, mottled with white above and sometimes mauve below; the purple and sometimes white flowers precede the foliage in the autumn. The corm was once used in medicine . Moist, shaded site. Plant - £4.90
DAMIANA Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca TP  60cm. From tropical central America, a very showy yellow flowered evergreen shrub with bright green toothed leaves, that will thrive in a conservatory or greenhouse, perhaps outdoors in the summer in southern climes. The whole plant has many medicinal uses for example for as a calminative ,digestive and to help combat impotence.A liqueur is made from the leaf extract. Plant - £7.90
DAPHNE MEZEREON Daphne mezereon 60cm. A native deciduous shrub with beautiful and very aromatic spring flowers folowed by (poisonous) red berries. Once used for rheumatic problems. Plant - £7.90
Seeds - £3.00
c DEADLY NIGHTSHADE (Lus na h'oidhche) Atropa belladonna 150cm. All parts are poisonous but are used extensively in medicine, for example, as a muscle relaxant and in homoeopathy for migraines. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £2.00
DITTANY OF CRETE Origanum dictamnus HHP E 30cm. A small attractive shrub with 'downy' foliage and clustered pink flowers in late summer. The leaves contain strong antiseptics, which are used in Greece for a medicinal tea, and in France/Italy for flavouring vermouth. Plant - £6.50
DOG'S MERCURY Mercurialis perennis 30cm. A native of deciduous woodland creating summer ground cover with small green flowers. A fresh herb essence is used in homoeopathy for rheumatism, gall bladder and liver problems, but this plant should not be used for self-medication. Plant - £1.50
DOKUDAMI Houttuynia cordata PRR  30cm. A popular medicinal plant from Japan and south-east Asia that helps to reduce respiratory problems and skin inflammations. The leaf may also be added to fish and egg dishes. A lovely but sometimes invasive ground cover perennial with elaborate upturned yellow and white flowers Plant - £3.90
DRAGON ROOT Arisaemum triphyllum 30cm. North American woodland perennial producing speckled leaves and intricate flower spathes followed by small red berries. The corm is acrid when fresh but when dried contains medicinal properties. Also used in homoepathy. Plant - £3.90
DYERS GREENWEED Genista tinctoria 60cm. A small hardy shrub with bright green foliage and yellow flowers, yielding a yellow dye. The flowering shoots are used in homoeopathy. Plant - £4.90
a ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA Echinacea angustifolia 60cm. Deep pink 'coneflowers' and slender leaves. The root contains antiseptic properties that strengthen resistance to infection. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £3.00
ECHINACEA PALLIDA Echinacea pallida 60cm. This more upright slender leaved variety has similar detoxicant properties to Echinacea angustifolia but is preferred by some herbalists. Plant - £3.00
ECHINACEA PARADOXA Echinacea paradoxa 60cm. An elegant bright yellow species that provides a lovely colour contrast to other Echinaceas. Plant - £3.00
a ECHINACEA PURPUREA Echinacea purpurea 60cm. The easiest species to grow, dark pink flowers with large leaves and roots; very attractive to numerous varieties of butterflies. It contains similar properties to Echinacea angustifolia. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
ELDER (Druman) Sambucus nigra   Almost every part of this small deciduous tree is of medicinal value. Elderflower champagne and elderberry wine can also have therapeutic effects! Plant - £3.00
a ELECAMPANE (Àillean) Inula helenium 150cm. Handsome plant with enormous leaves and clustered yellow flowers. Medicinal root for bronchial disorders from which lozenges and pastilles were once available. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
EPHEDRA DISTACHYA Ephedra distachya P E 30cm. Twiglike evergreen shrub from western Europe. Beneficial as an anti-allergen and nerve stimulant for hay fever and asthma. Plant - £6.50
EPHEDRA NEVADENSIS Ephedra nevadensis P E 30cm. North American shrub used for fevers and kidney problems. Plant - £4.90
c EPHEDRA SINICA / MA HUANG Ephedra sinica 30cm. Low growing sprawling evergreen sub-shrub form China. The medicinal leaves should only be taken with medical supervision. We only have seeds available at the moment. Plant - £6.50
Seeds - £3.00
c EVENING PRIMROSE Oenothera biennis Bi  90cm. Leaf, bark and seed oil have many medicinal properties. Large yellow, fragrant evening scented flowers. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
a FEVERFEW Tanacetum parthenium 60cm. Has a good reputation for relieving migraine and pain. Clumps of green foliage and daisy-like flowers scented of honey. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
FEVERFEW, GOLDEN Tanacetum parthenium aureum 60cm. More decorative yellow-gold foliage. The dried leaves help deter moths. Plant - £1.50
a FIGWORT Scrophularia nodosa 60cm. Native perennial with numerous medicinal applications but mainly for skin problems. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
b FOXGLOVE (Lus nam ban sith) Digitalis purpurea Bi  90cm. Purple bell-shaped flowers. Contains a poisonous substance - Digitalin, used as a heart stimulant. Seeds - £1.00
FUJIBAKAMA Eupatorium japonicum var fortunei 90cm. A traditional oriental remedy for stomach problems is provided by the whole herb. A handsome herbaceous perennial with delicate toothed leaves and white flowers in late summer. Plant - £4.90
GAYFEATHER Liatris spicata 45cm. 'Blazing Star'. Beautiful purple flower spikes. The tuberous root is used to help relieve sore throats. Plant - £3.90
c GENTIAN, TIBETAN Gentiana tibetica 30cm. Beneficial in traditional medicine as a general tonic, this handsome herbaceous perennial produces large rounded leaves with a rosette of creamy tubular flowers. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.00
c GENTIAN, YELLOW Gentiana lutea 90cm. Stately alpine herb bearing whorls of yellow flowers. The root provides us with a bitter tonic for soothing stomach disorders and the important ingredient of Enzian schnapps. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £2.00
GINGER LILY Hedychium spicatum HHP  60cm. From mid to late summer, fragrant white flowers in an ornage-red base top vigorous large leaved stems, the whole plant creating a ginger musk-like aroma. The oily aromatic rhizome acts as a stomachic, carminative, tonic and stimulant, and is useful for dyspepsia, bronchial asthma and coughs. The essential oil contains antifungal properties and produces the perfume 'abir'. Grow in a warm, shaded situation. Plant - £6.50
GINGER, WILD Asarum canadense. 10cm. Creeping perennial native to North America and Russia, with kidney shaped leaves and a gingery scented root. Native people in north America used the root for many purposes, for example to ease coughs and rheumatic problems. Plant - £6.50
GINKGO BILOBA (Maidenhair Tree) Ginkgo biloba   A hardy tree from China and considered to be one of the most ancient trees on Earth. Western herbal medicine utilises the leaves mainly for improved cerebral circulation. In Chinese medicine the leaves and seeds help relieve asthmatic conditions. Small Plant - £6.50
Plant - £13.90
Large Plant - £27.90
c GINSENG, ASIAN Panax ginseng 30cm. Native to Korea and China, the most revered with a 7000 year old reputation as a tonic stimulant, improving the body's ability to develop stamina and stress resistance. Grow in a cold frame or polytunnel in northern gardens, it enjoys a well drained soil with some shade in the summer.Seeds are usually avalable in the autumn, dormant roots from autumn to early spring Small Plant - £13.90
Large Plant - £27.90
Seeds - £6.50
c GINSENG, SIBERIAN Eleutherococcus senticosus 3000cm. A large deciduous shrub that is easier to cultivate, and is an effective as the Panax species. The root and leaf contain a fairly strong tonic that stimulates the metabolism, regulates blood pressure and strengthens the vitality of the immune system. Grow in a semi shaded site at the back of the border. Root prune in the winter and use fresh or dried. Small Plant - £13.90
Large Plant - £27.90
Seeds - £6.50
GLADWIN Iris foetidissima 60cm. Yellow-purple flowers and large orange berries throughout winter. Once used as a purgative. Plant - £2.00
GOATS RUE Galega officinalis 60cm. Handsome plant with lilac, white or purple flowers. Helps stimulate cow and goats' lactations. Plant - £1.50
GOLDEN ROD Solidago virgaurea 75cm. Bright yellow flowers in branched spikes all summer, loved by bees. For treating stomach and kidney ailments and helping wound healing. Plant - £1.50
GOLDEN SEAL Hydrastis canadensis 30cm. North American medicinal herb with brilliant golden root. Important mucous membrane healer, externally for sores and wounds.Used in homoeopathy. Enjoys a slightly moist and shaded( in summer) site with leafmould. We have dried root for sale to herbalists...100 grams = £15.00 plus delivery. We can also offer fresh root (by the kilo) for tincture making, from october to march for UK customers. Small Plant - £7.90
Large Plant - £13.90
c GOLDTHREAD, JAPANESE Coptis japonica 30cm. A low growing herbaceous perennial that enjoys a moist acidic soil in a semi shaded situation, with lovely creamy flowers in the spring/ early summer. The roots help to reduce bacterial and viral problems, such as mouth ulcers. Plant - £6.50
Seeds - £3.90
GOTU KOLA Centella/Hydrocatyle asiatica HHP  10cm. Important Ayurvedic herb, the leaves may be eaten as a salad or used in medicine, for example as a tonic and anti-rheumatic. Moist, sheltered site. Plant - £4.90
c GROMWELL Lithospermum officinalis 60cm. Creamy-white flowered native plant rich in calcium and silicon. The seeds and leaves act as a mild contraceptive. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.00
GROUND IVY (Nathair lus) Glechoma hederacea 10cm. Aromatic creeping ivy-like foliage and blue-violet flowers in spring. Has many curative properties including those for bronchial and digestive problems. Ground cover for shaded spots. Plant - £1.50
c GUELDER ROSE Viburnum opulus 250cm. Deciduous shrub with white flowers, rich autumn colour and red edible (when cooked) berries. Used in homoeopathy and traditional medicine as an antispasmodic. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.00
c GYPSYWORT (Feoran curraidh) Lycopus europaeus 60cm. A native species with deeply cut pointed leaves containing properties that can reduce bleeding and help regulate blood sugar levels. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
HARTS' TONGUE (Creamh mac fiadh) Asplenium scolopendrium P E 30cm. A luxuriant fern with broad, long, deep green fronds with distinct transverse spore cases. Used in homoeopathy and by herbalists as a liver and spleen astringent. Moist shaded situation. Plant - £3.90
HELLEBORE, BLACK/CHRISTMAS ROSE Helleborus niger P E 60cm. Pure white blossoms in winter/early spring. The (poisonous) rhizome was once used as a cardiotonic, and externally for ulcers: today in homoeopathy. Plant - £3.00
HELLEBORE, STINKING (Meacan sleibhe) Helleborus foetidus P E 60cm. Dark shining leaves and yellow-green flowers. The rhizome yields a potent (poisonous) drug. Moist, shaded site. Plant - £3.00
HELLEBORINE, WHITE Veratrum album 90cm. An important homoeopathic remedy is extracted from the (toxic) root of this European native herbaceous perennial. A very handsome plant with large distinct leaves and magnificent white flower spikes in the summer, it prefers a slightly moist, shaded area. Plant - £4.90
HEMP, AGRIMONY (Cnaib uisge) Eupatorium cannabinum 90cm. A handsome native perennial, producing masses of large lilac flowers. A herbal and homoeopathic remedy for colds and influenza. Plant - £1.50
HEMP, BLACK INDIAN Apocynum cannabinum 90cm. Cream coloured insectivorous flowers, bright green foliage exuding a milk juice. Used in anthroposophical medicine. Plant - £6.50
a HENBANE (Gabhann) Hyoscyamus niger 45cm. A witches herb, bearing most beautiful but strangely scented bell-flowers, coloured creamy-yellow, tinged with purple-violet. Poisonous but also an anthroposophical remedy for heart regulation. Seeds - £1.00
c HERB BENNET (Machall Coille) Geum urbanum 30cm. Native annual that is used in traditional and homeopathic medicine for inflammations and nerve problems.It prefers a moist semi-shaded site and produces small but attractive yellow flowers Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
HERB PARIS Paris quadrifolia 20cm. A rare and remarkable native poisonous plant with four or more whorls of leaves,attractive yellowy-green flowers and a blue/black berry. Used in homoeopathy . Enjoys a shaded site in summer with a humus rich soil. Plant - £6.50
HOLY GRASS (Vanilla grass) Hierochloe odorata P RR 30cm. A vanilla scented perennial grass. The oil distilled from the leaf is used in perfumery, confectionery, soft drinks and tobacco. Plant - £1.50
HOREHOUND, BLACK Ballota nigra 30cm. Aromatic native perennial with small pink flowers, used in herbal medicine, mainly to reduce nausea. Plant - £1.50
a HOREHOUND, WHITE (Grabhan bàn) Marrubium vulgare 30cm. Bushy, white felted, aromatic leaves and whorls of whitish flowers. One of the more popular herbal cough and cold remedies, from which a candy was once available. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
HOUSELEEK (Lus nan cluas) Sempervivum tectorum P E 10cm. Cactus-like plant, good in the rock garden, producing rosettes of spiky red-green leaves and pink flowers. The leaf-juice provides relief for burns, stings and inflammations. Plant - £1.50
a HYSSOP, BLUE (Isop) Hyssopus officinalis P E 45cm. An aromatic evergreen bushy herb, bearing brilliant blue flowers. Excellent for sore throats, coughs, colds. A sprig in a stew provides a warm flavour. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.00
HYSSOP, DWARF Hyssopus officinalis aristatus P E 20cm. Neat aromatic bush, ideal for rock gardens producing clumps of blue flowers in late summer. Plant - £2.00
HYSSOP, PINK Hyssopus officinalis roseus P E 45cm. Bright pink flower spikes. Hyssop leaf applied to the skin helps reduce inflammations, bruises and stings. Plant - £2.00
HYSSOP, WHITE Hyssopus officinalis albus P E 45cm. White flowers enjoyed by bees. Hyssop in food aids digestion and improves appetite. Plant - £2.00
IKARISO /HORNY GOAT WEED Epimedium macranthum /grandiflorum 30cm. From Japan, a lovely herbaceous perennial with anchor shaped pink flower petals and in late summer coppery-bronze foliage. Enjoys a semi shaded site . Used in Kampo medicine, for example to help clear bronchial problems and asthma. Plant - £6.50
INDIAN CUP-PLANT Silphium perfoliatum 90cm. From western USA an attractive herbaceous perennial with large yellow flowers. The root is used in traditional medicine as a general restorative. Plant - £6.50
a JACOB'S LADDER Polemonium caeruleum 90cm. Traditional cottage garden herbaceous perennial bearing masses of fine blue flowers. Once used for headaches and neuralgia. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
JAPANESE HYACINTH / Ophiopogon japonicus 30cm. An evergreen ground cover medicinal herb with "flowing" foliage, small lilac bell-like flowers followed with blue berries. The tubers give us a soothing remedy for cough and fevers. Plant - £4.90
JAPANESE RUSH / SEKISHO Acorus gramineus 15cm. Native to China and Japan. Small fan-like leaves that grow well in a moist part-shaded situation. The rhizome can be stir-fried and acts as an anti-bacterial digestive. Plant - £4.90
KANUKA Kunzea ericoides HHPE  90cm. A shrub or small tree from north island New Zealand and eastern Australia. It is similar to Manuka in growth and habit but has softer foliage with clustered small white flowers. The essential oil contains anti- bacterial and insecticidal properties. The pounded leaves and flowers were used by Maoris in a poultice for sores and wounds. Plant - £6.50
KAWA-KAWA Piper excelsum HHPE  90cm. A native of north island New Zealand where it grows prolifically under the bush canopy. In the UK it is best grown as a half hardy perennial, keeping in a shaded place in a frost free greenhouse or conservatory for the winter, place outside in a warm summer or for exposed gardens in a polytunnel. An evergreen shrub with glossy leaves that have a spicy tingly flavour. Maoris have used the leaves in an anti-inflammatory ointment and the seeds as a spice Plant - £9.90
KHAT Catha edulis HHPE  90cm. A small tree originating from the countries bordering the Red Sea but surprisingly almost hardy here. Grow like a Bay tree in a large pot and bring inside to a cool greenhouse or sheltered place during cold winters. The leaves and stems have a reddish hue and can be infused (in moderation) as a herb tea providing a very mild mental stimulant and appetite suppressant.This effect can be similar to drinking a cup of tea ( Camellia sinensis )or coffee ( Coffea arabica). Plant - £7.90
Large Plant - £13.90
KUTKI Picrorhiza kurroa/scrophularifolia 15cm. A Himalayan alpine threatened due to over harvesting. The root and leaf act as bitter tonics and the elaborate blue flowers are a welcome addition to the rock garden. Plant - £6.50
LADIES MANTLE, ALPINE Alchemilla alpina 15cm. Found at high altitude in the Highlands of Scotland, a very hardy survivor of rocky exposed habitats. The root and leaf can be harvested and applied either fresh or dried, mainly as a wound healer and for skin problems. Plant - £3.00
LADYS MANTLE (Copan an druichd) Alchemilla xanthochlora/vulgaris 20cm. Graceful fan-shaped pleated leaves and yellow green flowers. For menstruation problems and as a wound herb. Plant - £1.50
LIFE EVERLASTING (Cnamh lus) Antennaria dioica 10cm. Ground cover rock garden plant. Rosettes of silver-green leaves, white or pink flowers. contains astringent properties. Plant - £2.00
LILY OF THE VALLEY (Lill nan lòn) Convallaria majalis 15cm. The wild variety with broad leaves, fragrant white bell-shaped flowers and red berries. Valued as a cardiac tonic. Plant - £1.50
LILY, MARTAGON Lilium martagon 90cm. Several liliums from the Himalayas are used in food and medicine. The bulbs are considered useful for cardiac problems and angina, the flowers in ovarian neuralgia. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £2.00
LIQUORICE FERN Polypodium glycyrrhiza 10cm. North American native with a rhizome that has a delicate liquorice flavour, traditionally used to help clear coughs. Plant - £3.90
LIQUORICE, CHINESE Glyccyrhiza uralensis 90cm. Chinese traditional medicine makes much use of this sweet tonic species in combination with other herbs, helping to neutralise toxins and balance blood sugar levels. It prefers a deep fertile well drained soil. Plant - £4.90
g LOBELIA INFLATA ( Indian Tobacco ) Lobelia Inflata A Bi 30cm. Violet-blue flowered north American herb. Poisonous internally but may be used externally for bruises, sprains and inflammations.Plants are usually available in late spring and early summer Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
MADDER (Madar) Rubia tinctorum 90cm. Creeping herb with yellow star-like flowers. The root yields a red dye, and is also used in homeopathy. Plant - £3.00
MADDER, WILD Rubia peregrina 90cm. Native climbing perennial with red roots. Madders are used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. Plant - £2.00
MANDRAKE, AMERICAN Podophyllum peltatum 30cm. Umbrella-like poisonous leaves. A powerful medicine was once extracted from the rhizome. Moist, shaded site. Plant - £6.50
c MANDRAKE, ENGLISH Bryonia cretica ssp. dioica 200cm. 'White Bryony'. Vine-like native plant with red (poisonous) berries. Its large tuberous roots are used in medical preparations for arthritis and rheumatism and in homoeopathy for coughs and headaches. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £1.50
c MANDRAKE, EUROPEAN Mandragora officinalis 10cm. Purple-white flowers followed by yellow fruits. Once had an extensive medical reputation and received many unusual superstitions. Poisonous. Prefers a sheltered site with a well drained soil and some summer shade. Small Plant - £9.90
Large Plant - £20.90
Seeds - £6.50
c MANDRAKE, HIMALAYAN Podophyllum hexandrum / emodii 45cm. From Tibet and northern India, a fascinating herb with pink flowers and large scarlet seed pods. It has a poisonous root used externally to treat warts. Moist, shaded site. Plant - £6.50
Seeds - £3.00
MANUKA Leptospermum scoparium   An aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree from New Zealand that can either be grown in a container or a sheltered border. It is hardy here on the Black Isle north of |Inverness. It has myrtle-like foliage and white/pink flowers that yield the well known health giving honey.The bark and leaves also contain medicinal properties. Plant - £6.50
a MARSH MALLOW (Leamhad) Althaea officinalis 90cm. Soft velvety grey-green leaves and pink flowers. Root, leaves and flowers contain soothing properties for inflammation of mouth and chest, and externally for sprains and bruises. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
MARSH MARIGOLD Caltha palustris 15cm. A popular native plant for the edge of a pool or moist area. The shining yellow sun-like flowers produce a yellow dye. Plant - £1.50
MARSH TEA Ledum palustre PE  60cm. A rare native of the northern UK that enjoys growing in slightly moist acid soil conditions such as a peat garden or edge of marsh. The creamy white flowers are most attractive ; the leaf has a strong scent that deters insects and was once used when dried in clothing. The herb fresh or dried should not be taken internally Plant - £7.90
MASTERWORT Peucadanum ostruthium 60cm. Native herbaceous perennial with pink/white flowers. The rhizome is utilised in homoeopathy, in traditional medicine and herbal liqueur. Prefers a moist site. Plant - £2.00
MEADOW SAFFRON Colchicum autumnale 15cm. Beautiful and delicate mauve-white autumn flowers. The poisonous corm is used in homoeopathy for gout. Shaded site. Plant - £1.50
c MEADOWSWEET (Crois Chuchulainn) Filipendula ulmaria 90cm. Creamy white flowers and leaves provide us with a natural headache remedy. They contain salicylic acid - better known as aspirin. Flowers flavour mead, wine or beer. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
a or c MILK THISTLE (Fothannan beannaichte) Silybum marianum Bi  150cm. Spectacular plant, producing enormous spined glossy green leaves with milk-white veins. The seeds provide a homoeopathic remedy for ulcers, cancers and a liver tonic. Seeds - £1.00
MONKSHOOD (Curaichd mhànaich) Aconitum napellus 90cm. Popular border plant; deep green glossy foliage and violet-purple broadly hooded flowers. All parts are poisonous, but used in homoeopathy for colds and asthma. Plant - £1.50
MOONSEED/YELLOW PARILLA Menispermum canadense 90cm. A climber from north America with small yellow flowers and red stems. The yellow root contains laxative and alternative properties. Plant - £9.90
MORINA LONGIFOLIA Morina longifolia   60cm. From the Himalayan meadows and used locally as an ingredient of incense. An elegant herbaceous perennial with thistle-like leaves followed by beautiful white-pink flower spikes. The leaves have a citrus-orange scent similar to that of Calamus. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
MORINA POLYPHYLLA Morina polyphylla 90cm. From Humla, north- eastern Nepal, an unpretentious thistle- like herbaceous perennial, and related to M. longifolia.The root could contain antisceptic properties, it is in local use. Plant - £3.00
a MOTHERWORT Leonurus cardiaca 90cm. A general tonic herb, 'allays nervousness, anxiaety and strengthens the heart, particularly for women.' Maple-like foliage and spires of mauve-pink flowers. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
MOUNTAIN /OREGON GRAPE Mahonia aquifolium PE  150cm. From the Pacific north west, an evergreen shrub with leathery green leaves, fine yellow flowers followed by dark blue berries. The bark is used in traditional medicine to reduce toxins, also a yellow fabric dye,the flowers and leaves are good in floral displays, the fruit can be made into pies, jams and juices. It is at home growing in a semi-shaded place but better flowers and fruit appear in a more open habitat. Plant - £4.90
MUGWORT (Liath lus) Artemisia vulgaris 150cm. Large woody plant, used to flavour drinks, fatty meats, repel insects and in Chinese medicine. Plant - £1.50
c MULLEIN (Cuineal Mhuire) Verbascum thapsus Bi  150cm. Tall, stately biennial with large downy-white leaves and yellow flower spikes. Helps to relieve coughs, catarrh and asthma. Seeds - £1.00
a MUSKMALLOW, WHITE (Lus-nam-meall-móra) Malva moschata alba 60cm. A cottage garden favourite with pink centred white flowers. Leaves, root and flowers are mainly used for their mucilagenous content which soothes sore throats and skin complaints. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.00
NANTEN Nandina domestica 90cm. A native shrub of Japan with bamboo-like foliage, white flowers followed by red berries. It is traditionally planted on the north-eastern side of houses to provide good luck and happiness. The berries are used in traditional medicine for coughs and asthma. Plant - £6.50
c PASQUE FLOWER Pulsatilla vulgaris 20cm. Spring (often Easter) flowering herb with rich mauve-purple flowers containing golden stamens. Yields the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla and has numerous medical uses. Suitable for the rock garden. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
c PASQUE FLOWER , LESSER Pulsatilla pratensis 30cm. A larger leaved form of P.vulgaris with drooping mauve or purple flowers usually showing at Easter. It is preferred by some homeopaths Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £2.00
PASSION FLOWER, WILD Passiflora incarnata HHP  200cm. A perennial deciduous climber from north America with elaborate and strikingly beautiful aromatic flowers. The whole plant is a well known herbal sedative usually in combination with hop and valerian. It is half hardy in the UK so bring in for the winter. Plant - £6.50
a PELLITORY (Lus na Spàine) Anacylcus pyrethrum 10cm. Chamomile-like flowers and tufted grey foliage. The root when chewed helps relieve toothache. Dry rock garden site. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
PELLITORY-OF-THE-WALL (Lus a bhallaidh) Parietaria officinalis / judaica 45cm. Grow this bushy plant on or near a wall; coral red stems, ovate leaves and clustered green-yellow flowers. Stimulates the kidney action, and externally a wound herb. Plant - £1.50
PEONY Paeonia officinalis 30cm. Rich red single flowered "wild" variety. The root contains sedative, antispasmodic and diuretic properies , for use by qualified practitioners only.Enjoys well drained good garden soil and a little shade. Plant - £7.90
PERIWINKLE, GREATER Vinca major P E 60cm. Striking mauve-blue flowers and smooth, waxy foliage. Used to stop internal and external bleeding and reduce high blood pressure. Plant - £1.50
PERIWINKLE, LESSER Vinca minor P E 10cm. Prostrate evergreen undershrub with small but bright blue-violet flowers. Ground cover for a shaded site. External uses include nosebleed, sore throat and mouth ulcers. Internally a cerebral stimulant like Gingko. Plant - £1.50
PERIWINKLE, LESSER VARIEGATED Vinca minor aureovariegata P E 10cm. Creeping evergreen foliage edged with cream, giving interesting colour even in mid-winter. Plant - £2.00
a PLANTAIN,GREATER Plantago major 15cm. A native perennial for the wild garden due to its self- seeding nature. The young leaves in the spring are edible either fresh or cooked. The leaves and seeds have many medical applications, internally mainly as an astringent, and externally for example as a wound healer. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
PLEURISY ROOT Asclepias tuberosa 30cm. Very aromatic pink flowers in late summer. Beneficial for lung complaints, coughs, stomach problems, colds and fevers. Prefers a well drained sunny site. Plant - £3.90
c or s POKEROOT Phytolacca decandra/americana 120cm. Used extensively for skin diseases, ulcers and rheumatism and in homoeopathy for sore throats. Handsome plant with long deep purple (poisonous) fruits. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
POLYPODY (Cloch reathneih) Polypodium vulgare 20cm. Fern with a creeping rhizome that is a useful remedy for coughs and catarrh. Moist, shaded site. Plant - £3.00
a POPPY, OPIUM (Codalian) Papaver somnifernum 60cm. An easily grown medicinal herb that creates an important medicine. Beautiful mauve and maroon flowers. Use the seeds on bread, cakes and curries. Seeds - £1.00
a POPPY, RED (An cromlus) Papaver dubium 30cm. A syrup produced from the flowers provides us with a sedative to soothe coughs. Seeds for bread and cakes.The local species in the fields here is the paler red species Seeds - £1.00
PRIMROSE (Lus nam muisean) Primula vulgaris 15cm. Native usually on edge of woodland. Early summer creamy-yellow flowers, very suitable for a slightly shaded moist wild garden . Anti-inflammatory leaves for minor wounds, flowers for salads and a mild sedative tisane when plentiful. Plant - £1.50
c PRIMROSE, SCOTS Primula scotica   10cm. Native to the north of Scotland mainly above sea cliffs on short turf. A tiny but beautiful perennial with bright mauve flowers in may and september. Used as a Findhorn flower remedy. Sow outside in a pot in the autumn Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
PYRETHRUM, WHITE Tanacetum cinerarifolium 30cm. Use the daisy-like flowers either fresh or dried to make a safe insect repellent for house or garden. Plant - £3.00
QUININE, WILD Parthenium integrifolium 90cm. A fine cream flavoured herbaceous perennial once used by north American Indians It is reputed to have similar immune enhancing properties as Echinacea and was also taken as a quinine substitute. Plant - £3.00
RASPBERRY, WILD (Subh-craoibh) Rubus idaeus 150cm. Wild stock from our croft. Raspberry leaf tea has a good reputation for easing labour pains; externally it may also be used as an eyewash, mouthwash or for ulcers and wounds. Plant - £2.00
RHUS TOXICODENDRUM Rhus radicans   150cm. 'Poison Ivy'. Beautiful fiery autumn coloured foliage, which can cause a very severe allergic responses. Homoeopathy makes use of it as a remedy for chicken pox and eczema. Plant - £9.90
c ROCK ROSE Helianthemum nummularium 10cm. Profuse yellow flowers and creeping foliage. A Bach 'rescue' flower remedy for fear, accident or illness. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
a ROSEROOT (Lus nan Laoch) Rhodiola rosea 30cm. An attractive blue/green leaved and yellow flowered herbaceous succulent perennial found on Scottish sea cliffs in the north and west. In Scandanavia, Russia and Iceland it has been used for centuries to enhance physical and mental endurance, preventing fatigue and stress. Modern research has confirmed this and an extract from the root is available. The Scots gaelic name means " Plant of the hero or champion ". It will grow well in a rock garden. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
a RUE, COMMON (Ru) Ruta graveolens P E 60cm. 'Herb of Grace'. Evergreen blue-green leaves and small yellow flowers. Medicinal, but it can cause an allergic response on sensitive skins. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
RUE, JACKMAN'S BLUE Ruta graveolens P E 60cm. Deep bluish foliage with a scent reminiscent of gorse flowers on a spring day. Plant - £2.00
RUPTUREWORT (Lus an t'sicnich) Herniaria glabra P E 5cm. Hardy ground cover, producing minute green leaves and flowers. An active diuretic for the kidney and bladder. Plant - £1.50
SANGUISORBA CANADENSIS Sanguisorba canadensis 90cm. A large American herbaceous perennial related to our Salad Burnet and having similar medicinal value as an astringent cooling herb. Creamy-white flower spikes in late summer loved by beneficial insects. Plant - £3.00
c SANICLE (Reagha maighe) Sanicula europaea 30cm. Woodland herb, a primary vulnerary and blood purifier. Makes a gargle for sore throat, catarhh or coughs, externally used for rashes and inflammations. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
SARSAPARILLA, WILD Aralia nudicaulis 45cm. From north- eastern America, a hardy herbaceous perennial with small white flowers followed by purple-black berries. The foliage has some similarities to a Ginseng leaf and the root has many traditional native medicinal usuage. It is a hardy creeping woodland herb, so grow in a shaded place. Plant - £6.50
SCHISANDRA Shisandra chinensis 2000cm. A deciduous climber from north-east China, with a good reputation (amongst many other medicinal uses) as a tonic and restorative for both men and women. The red fruits( on female plants) have a sweet and sour flavour. Plant - £6.50
SCOPOLIA Scopolia carniolica 45cm. From Hungary, smaller but resembling Belladonna in appearance and use. Poisonous. Plant - £4.90
a SCULLCAP, BAIKAL Scutellaria baicalensis 30cm. The 'cooling' root of this bright blue flowering hardy perennial from Russia and Mongolia helps to reduce fevers, asthma and high blood pressure.A lovely plant for the front of the border. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £3.00
SCULLCAP, COMMON Scutellaria galericulata 20cm. Smaller native species, blue flowered and sharing similar properties to the Baikal Scullcap. Plant - £2.00
SCULLCAP, VIRGINIAN Scutellaria lateriflora 45cm. From north America. A bushy herb with small but numerous blue flowers resembling human skulls. An important remedy for headache, neuralgia and nervous disorders. Plant - £3.00
c SELF-HEAL (Dubhan ceann chòsach) Prunella vulgaris   16cm. Valuable healing woodland herb; attractive violet flower spikes and lush foliage. a bruised leaf will help stay nosebleeds, bind cuts and soother burns and bruises. Ground cover for a shaded site. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
SENKYU Cnidium officinalis   60cm. From China and Japan. Kampo medicine uses the root as a blood purifier and tonic for irregular periods and anaemia usually in combination with other herbs. A vigorous perennial with feathery foliage and white flowers. Plant - £4.90
SOLOMONS SEAL Polygonatum multiflorum / odoratum 60cm. Graceful lily, leaves clasped to arching stems from which dangle clustered, sweet scented cream flowers. The powdered rhizome is utilised for bruises, swellings and inflammations. Prefers a shade site Plant - £1.50
SPIKENARD, AMERICAN Aralia racemosa 60cm. American Indian herb. The root is used for rheumatic and cutaneous disorders and in Ayurvedic medicine. Plant - £6.50
SPIKENARD, CALIFORNIAN Aralia californica 1500cm. Also known as Californian ginseng.A very large herbaceous perennial It has aromatic roots, beneficial for lung problems, and sweet berries. Prefers a moist soil and some shade. Plant - £6.50
g SPIKENARD, HIMALAYAN. Nardostachys grandiflora / jatamansi 15cm. A small but potent alpine with bunched jasmine scented rosy-pink flowers, now in decline in the high Himalayas due to overharvesting of the valerian-patchouli scented roots. The essential oil extracted from the root contains anti-fungal and anti- bacterial properties, that have a relaxing harmonising effect. It was used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus. "Jatamansi" enjoys a slightly acid, well drained soil in a rock garden. If you have wet conditions, cover with glass overwinter. Plant - £7.90
Seeds - £6.50
SPURGE LAUREL Daphne laureola 90cm. Native evergreen poisonous undershrub with similar medicinal properties as Daphne mezereon. It enjoys growing in a shaded part of the wild garden and has small creamy late spring flowers. Plant - £4.90
a ST JOHN'S WORT (Eala bhuidhe) Hypericum perforatum 60cm. An important herb with cheery yellow clustered flowers. Contains antiviral and antiseptic properties that help reduce anxiety, tension and menstrual problems. Externally for cuts, bruises and skin problems. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
STAGS-HORN CLUBMOSS Lycopodium clavatum 15cm. An interesting creeping evergreen that produces 'club' shaped cones, containing numerous yellow spores; these may be collected for dusting skin irritations. Used in homoeopathy for courage and strength. Prefers moist, acidic soil. Plant - £6.50
STAR OF BETHLEHEM Ornithogalum umbellatum 20cm. Pure white and green striped spring flowers, expanding only in sunshine. The bulb is edible and nutritious either cooked or roasted like chestnuts. Use in homoeopathy for cancers. Bach flower remedy. Bulbs (3) - £1.50
SWEET BRIAR Rosa eglanteria/rubiginosa 180cm. A fast growing pink flowered rose that fills the garden air with a spicy-apple scent. Suitable for 'wild' hedging. Plant - £4.90
SWEET JOE-PIE Eupatorium purpureum 190cm. From N America, and named after an Indian healer. Handsome herbaceous plant, with purple stems and flowers. A restorative for kidney and urinary problems. Plant - £4.90
TEA TREE Melaleuca alternifolia HHP E Grows to 2-3 metres in a pot. A traditional Australian aboriginal remedy well known for its aromatic antiseptic properties, being effective against bacterial and fungal infections as well as having several cosmetic uses. The fresh leaf may be rubbed onto stings, skin infections and abrasions; an inhaled infusion helps relieve coughs and colds. It may be either grown in a large container and pruned to restrict its fairly vigorous growth, or allowed to develop into a large shrub in greenhouse or conservatory. Plant - £6.50
TEA TREE, LEMON Lectospermum petersonii HHPE  100cm. From eastern Australia, a lovely evergreen shrub with very aromatic and tasty lemon flavoured leaves. Grow in a good sized conservatory or in a large container for the patio during the summer . An essential oil is obtained from the leaves, prune occassionally to maintain shape and size Plant - £9.90
b THISTLE , SCOTS Onorpodium acanthium BI  2000cm. A large vigorous biennial with grey/white prickly leaves and classic mauve flowers. For heart conditions, cancers and ulcers. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
TORMENTIL (Braonan fruich) Potentilla erecta/tormentilla 10cm. Bright yellow flowered herb. The rhizome provides us with a safe and powerful astringent medicine for sore throats, cuts, grazes and minor burns. Dye plant. Acidic soil. Plant - £1.50
c VALERIAN, COMMON (Lus nan tri bhilean) Valeriana officinalis 90cm. Sweet-scented prolific flesh-pink flowers. A natural sedative, the rhizome being effective for promoting sleep and calming nerves. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.50
VALERIAN, HIMALAYAN Valeriana jatamansi 20cm. A dwarf medicinal Valerian which is found in moist shaded areas of the upper Himalayan pine forest. Contains similar properties as Common Valerian, and the bright , bonny, bunched light pink flowers in the spring are one of our favourites. Plant - £6.50
c VERVAIN (Trombhod) Verbena officinalis 60cm. Massed, minute flowers creating a haze of colour. For treating nervous problems, pre-menstrual tension, menopausal conditions and used in homoeopathy. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
c VETCH, BITTER or MOUNTAIN (Carmeal) Lathyrus montanus / linifolius 30cm. Native to upland areas of the UK producing pink/blue flowers. When dried the root nodules have a liquorice-like flavour, once used as a tonic to allay hunger; they may also be added to drinks. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
VINCETOXICUM OFFICINALIS/HIRUNDINARIA Vincetoxicum officinalis/hirundinaria 60cm. Traditional medicine utilised this European woodland herb as an emetic. It has unusual oblong poisonous foliage, creamy-white flowers and large seed pods. Plant - £4.90
a or c VIOLA, HEARTSEASE Viola tricolour varia A Bi 20cm. Rich velvet flowers almost all year round, an old favourite. An ointment using the herb relieves skin troubles, eczema and in homoeopathy for similar reasons. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
WALL GERMANDER Teucrium chamaedrys 30cm. Dark green oak-like leaves and whorls of rose-pink flowers, good for dwarf hedging or near a wall. It may be taken for dyspepsia or used in liqueurs, vermouths and tonic wines. Plant - £2.00
WALLPEPPER (Grafan nan clach) Sedum acre 10cm. Bright yellow star-shaped flowers and small succulent leaves for minor burns and grazes. Plant - £1.50
WITCH HAZEL, AMERICAN Hammamelis virginiana   A beautiful and valuable shrub or small tree producing brilliant yellow flowers clustered along the branches in autumn. The bark or leaves provide relief from the pain of burns, bruises, sprains and insect bites. Plant - £6.50
c WOLFSBANE Aconitum lycoctonum ssp. vulparia 60cm. An interesting plant with yellow 'helmeted' flowers. Contains poisonous properties similar to those of Monkshood. Plant - £4.90
Seeds - £3.00
WORMWOOD, COMMON (Buramaide) Artemisia absintium 90cm. Shrubby border plant; silver-grey aromatic foliage which once flavoured absinthe. A bitter tonic for enfeebled digestion, also expels worms. Keeps moths from clothing. Plant - £1.50
WORMWOOD, ROMAN Artemisia pontica 45cm. A fine and delicate Artemisia with numerous small yellow flowers. Employed in flavouring liquers. Medicinally as above. Plant - £2.00
a YARROW (Lus na fala) Achillea millefolium 60cm. Combined with elderflowers and peppermint, this healing herb helps clear colds and fevers. The fresh leaf infused and applied in a poultice, aids wound recovery. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
c YELLOW FLAG Iris pseudacorus 75cm. A bright yellow flowered native iris which enjoys the edge of water. The rhizome was once used in medicine and also provides a black dye. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
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