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Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea Open-pollinated. Also called Arctic Root or Rose Root. Succulent with small chartreuse-yellow flowers at the top of the stems in late April to early May. Circumpolar native grows in Russia, Siberia, Scandinavia and the Maritime provinces into Downeast Maine. Eat the leaves in salads, cook young shoots and enjoy like asparagus. North American Indians fermented the rose-scented roots before eating them. One of the best adaptogens, counters stress and fatigue, and strengthens the immune system. Stratify seed for six weeks, then gently press seed into flats. Grow on in the greenhouse; small plants grow slowly and are sensitive to conditions too wet or too dry. Transplant out 12" apart anytime the ground is workable. Best in sunny location in dry, rocky soil but fairly adapted to any well-drained soil. Control weeds until plants size up. Grows 1–3' tall. Roots harvestable after 3 years, though after 4–5 years will provide more mass. Perennial, Zones 1-5. ~3,900 seeds/g.
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Herbs

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Chervil and Parsley are listed with the Greens.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.