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Pineapple Mint, Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

Pineapple mint is a fuzzy-leaved plant that can be used as an herb but is more commonly included in the garden as an ornamental for its variegated foliage. Like other mints, it can spread aggressively so needs to be used judiciously. To learn more about this plant, read this article…

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Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis

Rosemary is an aromatic plant with a long history of use as a culinary and medicinal herb. Although not hardy to our area, it is easily grown in containers that can be moved indoors for the winter to have its bright, fresh flavor available at all times. To learn more about rosemary, see this article…

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Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

Chives are a popular culinary herb in the home garden. This small-bulbed allium is easy to grow, as long as you have a sunny spot with good drainage. This herbaceous perennial can also be used as an ornamental in the landscape, and is particularly attractive when in bloom. To find out more about this herb, read this article…

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Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2011 this plant is horseradish, a plant long used as a condiment. To learn more about this tough herb, read this article…

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Dill, Anethum graveolens

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2010 this plant is dill. There’s more to this culinary herb than just pickles! Read more…

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Sweet Bay, Laurus nobilis

Every year the Herb Society of America features one plant that is used as an herb. In 2009, they focus on Laurus nobilis, a woody plant whose leathery leaves are used as a culinary herb – bay leaf. Although it is not hardy in our area, we can still grow this as a container plant to bring indoors over the winter. If you want to learn more about this interesting herb, read this article…

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Lemongrass, Cymbopogon spp.

For a light lemony flavor, nothing beats an infusion of lemongrass, a plant used as a culinary herb in many Asian cuisines. This tropical grass can be grown in Wisconsin as an annual. To learn more about this sweet-smelling tender perennial , read this article…

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Calendula, Calendula officinalis

Did you know that “pot marigold” or calendula is considered an herb? This pretty flower is edible and can be used to color and flavor foods, as well as being used as a medicinal herb.  To learn more about this interesting plant, read this article…

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Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2007 this plant is lemon balm, an attractive plant with a fragrant, lemon-lik odor. Used for tea and medicinal purposes, it is very easy to grow. To learn more about this herb, read this article…

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Parsley, Petroselinum crispum

Parsley is commonly used for flavor and as a garnish in many dishes. This herb is a bienniel grown as an annual for its pungent foliage. Not only is it tasty, but it can also be grown as an ornamental for the attractive mounds of foliage, but you’ll need to keep an eye out for caterpillars that will mow plants to the ground. To learn more about parsley and its pests, read this article…

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