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European AshOther Botanical Families

European Ash – an ancient tree

Fraxinus excelsior Family: Oleaceae At this time of year there is less variety of plant life. However, whatever the season thankfully we always have the trees. The European ash, or …

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Marigold my favourite drop of golden sun

Calendula officinalis Family: Asteraceae French common name: souci Regular readers will no doubt have guessed Calendula officinalis (marigold) is a particular personal favourite. I have mentioned this medicinal ally so many times. …

Portulacaceae

Purslane for a cooling, healing salad

Portulaca oleracea Family: Portulacaceae Barker describes purslane as a creeping annual which can spread from 10-30 cm. The end of the stems are much leafier. Here you may find a few …

elecampane medicinal garden Thyme BreaksAsteraceae (Compositae)

Elecampane for coughs and chest complaints

Inula helenium Family: Asteraceae The name is thought to derive from Greek ‘helenion’ meaning ‘Helen’ possibly from Helen of Troy. One story describes the plants growth from her tears. The …

Leonurus cardiac motherwort flower and leafLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Motherwort, not only a herb for women

Leonurus cardiaca Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Culpeper believed the name (motherwort) was chosen as women are joyful mothers and it settles their wombs. The Latin name ‘cardiaca‘, because it is very useful for a …

self heal aude southern franceLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Self-Heal or All-Heal, a little plant with appropriate name!

Prunella vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) You will find self-heal flowering virtually continuously from June through to October. The tight cluster of crowded purplish sepals and bracts have been described as resembling a …

wild thyme aude southern franceLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Thyme for the thyme of cold and flu

Thymus vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) And so to this website’s namesake! During the month of May, the hills around the Aude are covered with the stunning colour of the beautiful thyme …

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