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The Herb of the Year

Beginning in 1995, the International Herb Association (IHA) has selected an Herb of the Year. The IHA Horticultural Committee's selection process evaluates herbs with a requirement that it is outstanding in at least two of three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative. The IHA publishes a booklet each year that extols the virtues of the selected herb.

This year's herb of the year is Savory.

 

Previous Herbs of the Year:

1995 Fennel
1996 Monarda
1997 Thyme
1998 Mint
1999 Lavender
2000 Rosemary
2001 Sage
2002 Echinacea
2003 Basil
2004 Garlic
2005 Oregano & Marjoram
2006 Scented Geraniums
2007 Lemon Balm
2008 Calendula
2009 Bay Laurel
2010 Dill
2011 Horseradish
2012 Rose
2013 Elderberry
2014 Artemisias

For more information about the Herb of the Year visit the IHA's web site at www.iherb.org








Basil

Dill

 

Bay Laurel

 

 

Parsley

 

Pineapple Mint and Spearmint

 

 

 

 

 

Oregano

Sage

 

Rosemary

 

Tarragon

 

Herb List

We carry a wide range of herbs here at the Herbfarm, many of which can be bought as live plants or in dried form. Here is a list of our most common herbs. Either scroll through them, or search by the first letter of the herb's common name. If you can't find the herb you're looking for call us at 860-859-3344 or email us.

Key To Description of Herbs

A = annual, grows one season

B = biennial, produces leaves first season and blooms the second

TP = tender perennial...must be brought in as a houseplant..treat like an annual if you prefer
P = perennial, lives more than one season

Search for an Herb:

A-B C-D E-L M-R S-Z

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) - TP- use for burns, wrinkles, skin irritations...makes good houseplant...give some sun

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) - P - good candied stems ... 3-4' tall....sometimes only lasts 3-4 years

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) - A- seeds used in baked goods....leaves can be added to soups, salads..aids digestion & eases cough

Anise-hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) - P - strong anise scented leaves...reseeds itself readily

Artemesia (Artemisia spp.) - A&P - very prolific family..lots of varieties..dries well...silver color..tiny insignificant flowers

Balm Lemon (Melissa officinalis) - P - strong lemon scented leaves...good for teas.....reseeds itself readily

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - A - lots of different kinds...from strong anise to lemon & cinnamon, greens to purples...a must with tomatoes & olive oil...add to salads, make vinegars...good looking in the garden or in a pot

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) - TP - great flavored leaves for just about everything...decorations as well

Bergamot (Monarda didyma) - P - bee balm...bees and hummingbirds love it..comes in shades of red, pink & white..3' tall

Betony (Stachys officinalis) - P - good substitute for black tea

Borage (Borago officinalis) - A - blue flowers & fuzzy leaves...give this 4' tall all-around..."herb of gladness"...self seeds

Burnet, Salad (Poterium sanguisorba) - P - leaves have nut-cucumber flavor...stays visable in winter...interesting flowers to dry

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - A - pot marigold..edible flower petals..flowers open and close with the sun..yellows & oranges

Caraway (Carum carvi) - A or B - flowers usually the 2nd year...seeds used for breads, cabbage dishes.. self-seeds

Catmint (Nepeta mussini) - P - light grey leaves..blue flowers all summer..tolerates some shade..smells great

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) - P - makes a soothing tea..cats love it...lemon catnip too..dries well

Chamomile, German (Matricaria chamomilla) - A - makes lots of daisy flowers for making teas...good for digestion

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis nobilis) - P - good ground cover..daisy flowers..used to make hair rinse

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) - A - a must in French cooking...very mild anise flavor

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) - P - edible dark pink blooms in spring..makes nice vinegar..round leaves..easy to divide

Chives, Garlic (Allium tuberosum) - P - white blooms in late summer - dries well...leaves are flat & have garlic flavor

Cicely, Sweet (Myrrhis odorata) - P - sugar saver

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) - A - Chinese parsley...great in Mexican salsas, Indian dishes, stir-fry....the seed is coriander

Clary Sage (Salvia scalarea) - A - aromatic flowers

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) - P - valuable external healing herb...purple, rose or white flower...2-3' tall.

Costmary (Chysanthemum balsamita) - P - Bible Leaf (leaves were used to hold one's place in the Good Book)..teeny yellow flowers

Curry Plant (Helichrysum augustifolium) - TP - curry flavored foliage...nice gray color with teeny yellow flowers...ornamental

Dill (Anethum graveolens) - A - best known for making pickles...leaves are great in salads & dressings...lots of varieties

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Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) - P - coneflower...blood purifier...blooms in white, pink & purple

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.) - TP - sources of essential oils for perfumes and medicine..dries nice

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - A - bronze and green...leaves aid digestibility..seeds used too..self seeds

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) - P - daisy flowers..leaves can be eaten to reduce headache symptoms (migraines)..self seeds

Geraniums, Scented (Pelargonium spp.) - TP - nicely scented plant..used in potpourris, perfumes & preserves for flavor

Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) - P - border herb with tiny green leaves & rose colored flowers...evergreen...can be sheared

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) - TP - vanilla scented flowers...from white to lavender & purple

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) - P - source of old-fashioned cough and cold remedies....dating back to 1600's

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) - P -root used for cocktail sauces and for beef and fish dishes

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) - P - decorative plant with a distinctive scent...colors range from blue to white & pinks

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) - P - border herb with chartruese flowers...tolerates some shade...medicinal plant

Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) - P - great to touch - soft, downy foliage...has pink flower spikes..used to bandage wounds

Lavender (Lavendula spp.) - P & TP - sweet-smelling border plant...lots of species..most all smell delightful

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) - TP - lemon scented grass essential in Thai and Vietnamese cooking...good tea too

Licorice (Helichrysum petiolatum) - TP - this is not the source of licorice flavor...but wonderful in containers..gray and lime green

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) - P - leaves have celery flavor..hollow stems make good straws for drinks..can get 4' tall

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Marigold, citrus-scented (Tagetes tenuifolia) - A - Gem marigolds look and taste great...delicate foliage..great for color

Marjoram (Origanum spp.) - TP & A - Sweet marjoram a very spicey flavor....also variegated.....both have tiny leaves

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) - P - medicinal herb ...leaves and roots high in mucilage

Mint (Mentha spp.) - P - lots of varieties to choose from...watch it, though...it can take over your garden!

Myrtle, Green (Myrtus communis) - TP - anise scented leaves...tiny green leaves..good for making topiaries

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum spp.) - A - edible flowers and leaves ( peppery)...wonderful flower colors..some leaves variegated

Nigella (Nigella damascena) - A - love-in- a mist...small flowers... finely divided leaves..seed pods interesting..self seeds

Onion, Egyptian (Allium x proliferum) - P - mild onion develops bulbs at the tops of leaves...good.. for pickling...very hardy

Oregano (Origanum spp.) - P - the pizza herb...spicey and indispensible in Italian dishes..lots of varieties..taste them all

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) - B - can be curley or flat..used dried or fresh..high in vitamins A & C and iron...tolerates shade

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli) - TP - perfume of India..leaves excellent in potpurris and sachets..houseplant

Pepper, chili (Capsicum spp.) - A -

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) -TP - fragrant herb..use as seasoning..shampoo ingredient...blue flowers..houseplant

Rue (Ruta graveolens) - P - the 'herb of grace'...blueish green...very pungent..yellow flowers..cut back in spring

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) - P - not a sage or Russian..but nice gray foliage with blue flowers

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Sage (Salvia officinalis) - TP&P - lots of varieties..seasoning..dried or fresh..ornamental..can get very large

St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) - P - shrubby plant ..yellow flowers..antidepressant..active ingredient is hypericin

Santolina (Santolina chamacyparissus (grey) and Santolina virens (green)) - P- fragrant herb...useful in hedges or knot gardens..yellow flowers..good dried in wreaths

Savory (Satureja hortensis (summer) and Satureja montana (winter)) - A&P - summer savory (A) and winter savory (P) cousins..very spicey ..taste them both

Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) - P - culinary herb...most famous for sorrel soup... piquant lemon flavor..remove flowering tops

Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - P - strawberries that bear fruit all summer..good kid plant..tiny but sweet..no runners

Tansy (Tangecetum vulgare) - P - yellow button flowers can be dried..grey-green foliage makes good backdrop..4' tall

Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus sativa) - P - only use the French for cooking..distinctive anise flavor..can't be grown from seed

Thyme (Thymus spp.) - P - lots of varieties including upright and creeping...lemon,caraway,nutmeg, variegated, silver

Verbena, lemon (Aloysia triphylla) - TP - strong lemon-flavored leaves...likes to be warm...drops leaves when brought inside

Woodruff, sweet (Galium odoratum (asperula odorata)) - P - shade-loving herb with tiny white flowers..groundcover..used to make May wine

Yarrow (Achillea spp.) - P - drought tolerant herb...flowers dry very well..white flowering best medicinal choice

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