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  • Echinacea: facts & folklore

    Echinacea attracts butterflies, moths, bees, and other insects into the garden with its captivating blooms. The roots, leaves, seeds, and flowers are all medicinal; and can be made into a immune-stimulating tea…

  • Hops: facts & folklore

    The hop plant is a native of Britain, Europe, and western Asia. It was introduced for growing commercially in New York in 1629; and in Virginia in 1648. It is a perennial…

  • Chamomile: facts & folklore

    Chamomile’s Spanish name is manzanilla (meaning little apple) referring to the apple-like scent of the flower. Several cultures have a ritual of bathing newborn babies for the first time in chamomile water…