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Vernonia sp., Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf

Vernonia sp.

Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Vernonia is a genus of about 1000 species of forbs and shrubs. Some species are edible and of economic value. They are known for having intense purple flowers. The genus is named for the English botanist William Vernon. Common names include bitterleaf, ewuro, ndole and onugbu. They are common in most West African and Central African countries. They are one of the most widely consumed leaf vegetables of Cameroon, where they are a key ingredient of Ndolé. The leaves have a sweet and bitter taste. They are sold fresh or dried, and are a typical ingredient in egusi soup.

Vernonia is well known as a medicinal plant with several uses attributed to it, including for diabetes, fever reduction, and recently a non-pharmaceutical solution to persistent fever, headache, and joint pain associated with AIDS. These leaves are exported from several African countries and can be purchased in grocery stores aiming to serve African clients. Vernonia galamensis is used as an oilseed in East Africa.

In Brazil, V. condensata (commonly known as "figatil" or "necroton") is traditionally used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antithermal, antianemic, antibacterial, liver tonic, hepatoprotective, and antiulcerogenic agent.

Vernonia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora vernoniaeella (which feeds exclusively on the genus) and Schinia regia (which feeds exclusively on V. texana).

Vernonia calvoana is a common garden plant in many West African and Central African countries. It is a key ingredient in ndolé, a national dish of Cameroon.





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Vernonia fulta - Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf

Tropical Aster, Ironweed, Bitterleaf. Vernonia is known for having intense purple flowers. The genus is named for the English botanist William Vernon. Common names include bitterleaf, ewuro, ndole and onugbu. They are common in most West African and Central African countries. They are one of the most widely consumed leaf vegetables of Cameroon, where they are a key ingredient of Ndolé. The leaves have a sweet and bitter taste. They are sold fresh or dried, and are a typical ingredient in egusi soup.

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Vitex agnus castus, Chaste Berry, Chasteberry, Hemptree, Agnus castus, Abraham's balm

Vitex agnus castus

Chaste Berry, Chasteberry, Hemptree, Agnus castus, Abraham's balm
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Europe and Western Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantSpice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Chaste tree carries several 'sacred' names, which more or less directly refer to its reputation as an anaphrodisiac. In ancient Greece, the tree was called hagnos 'chaste', which apparently the early Christians confused with Latin agnus 'lamb', the Christian symbol of purity. Under the name agnus castus 'chaste lamb', the plants was often used among Christian monks as a help against the evils of the more fleshy desires. The chaste tree is a beautiful little deciduous tree or large shrub with a showy summertime flower display. When it's blooming, due to the similarity of the flowers, the chaste tree is sometimes mistaken for Butterfly Bush (Buddleja). The chaste tree is a sprawling plant that grows 10-20 ft and about as wide. Branched flower clusters are produced on new wood in late spring and early summer in a great flush that makes the tree look like a hazy purple cloud. Flowers are followed by a fleshy fruit that contains four seeds that are sometimes used as seasoning, similar to black pepper. Easy to grow in almost any soil that has good drainage! Even tolerant of salt drift. The chaste tree can take care of itself, but can be pushed to faster growth with light applications of fertilizer in spring and early summer and by mulching around the plant. If pruning is desired to control the size, it should be done in winter, since blooms form on new wood. It is hardly ever disturbed by pests or disease but is susceptible to mushroom root, rot and nematodes.





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Vitex agnus castus - seeds

Blue Chaste Tree. Chaste tree carries several sacred names, which more or less directly refer to its reputation as an anaphrodisiac. The chaste tree is a sprawling plant that grows 10-20 ft and about as wide. Branched flower clusters are produced on new wood in late spring and early summer in a great flush that makes the tree look like a hazy purple cloud. Flowers are followed by a fleshy fruit that contains four seeds that are sometimes used as seasoning, similar to black pepper. Easy to grow in almost any soil that has good drainage! Even tolerant of salt drift.
Plant the seeds 1/2" deep in potting soil mix, keep damp and in bright light.
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Zingiber officinale, Spice Ginger, Edible Ginger, Common Ginger, Cooking Ginger, Canton Ginger, Halia

Zingiber officinale

Spice Ginger, Edible Ginger, Common Ginger, Cooking Ginger, Canton Ginger, Halia
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: tropical Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousSpice or herbEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This ginger has tall, erect stems with narrow leaves, this basal bloomer produces green cones that turn red when mature. It is a herbaceous perennial with upright stems and narrow medium green leaves arranged in two ranks on each stem. Ginger grows from an aromatic tuberlike rhizome (underground stem) which is warty and branched. The inflorescence grows on a separate stem from the foliage stem, and forms a dense spike. The bracts are green with translucent margins and the small flowers are yellow green with purple lips and cream colored blotches. Most of edible gingers in cultivation are sterile cultivars grown for the edible rhizome, and the flower is rarely seen. Ginger is often grown in a container and brought indoors in winter when water and light are reduced and the plant is allowed to "rest." Common cooking gingers are rarely found in garden centers as potted plants because they do not have much ornamental value. Plant this ginger in the garden to produce your own fresh ginger.



Zingiber officinale, Spice Ginger, Edible Ginger, Common Ginger, Cooking Ginger, Canton Ginger, Halia
Zingiber officinale, Spice Ginger, Edible Ginger, Common Ginger, Cooking Ginger, Canton Ginger, Halia
Zingiber officinale, Spice Ginger, Edible Ginger, Common Ginger, Cooking Ginger, Canton Ginger, Halia


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Zingiber officinale - Spice Ginger

Spice Ginger, Cooking Ginger - Plant this ginger in the garden to produce your own fresh ginger. This plant is deciduous, leaves die back in winter and grow back in spring.

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Zingiber rubens, Bengal Ginger

Zingiber rubens

Bengal Ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae
Origin: India
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersSpice or herb

Bright red flowering cones bloom at ground level and even partially below the soil. Each scale produces a single inch-wide red flower with a creamy colored lip marked in red. Winter dormant. Rhizomes remain underground through winter.

The seed capsules are used in India as a spice.



Zingiber rubens, Bengal Ginger


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Zingiber rubens - seeds

Bengal Ginger. Origin: India. Bright red flowering cones bloom at ground level and even partially below the soil. Each scale produces a single inch-wide red flower with a creamy colored lip marked in red. Winter dormant. Rhizomes remain underground through winter. The seed capsules are used in India as a spice.
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