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The plant of the month

Ironwort

Ironwort (Shepherd’s tea) Sideritis scardica Griseb. Lamiaceae The genus name Sideritis comes from the Greek Sideros, meaning iron. There could be a double etymological meaning. In ancient medicine, sideritis was a generic reference for plants capable of healing wounds made from iron guns during battles.…
Vincent DELBECQUE
1 February 2018
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Clove

Clove Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & L.M.Perry Myrtaceae The clove tree is an evergreen tree of 10 to 15 m, native of the archipelago of the Moluccas in Indonesia. It bears many cream-colored flowers, which turn red during the flowering process. Clove is obtained by…
Vincent DELBECQUE
1 December 2017
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L’hibiscus

L'hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Malvaceae Hibiscus is a large perennial plant that can grow up to two meters tall and bears large pale yellow or pale pink flowers with a red-purple heart, whose fleshy calyx develops during fruiting. It is probably native of Africa where…
Vincent DELBECQUE
1 October 2017
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Red wine

Red wine Vitis vinifera L. Vitaceae Vine grows in the wild, Vitis vinifera L. subsp. sylvestris, and is also called “lambrusque”. It is a liana that thrives in wet forests where it can attach itself to young trees and grow with them as vine does…
Vincent DELBECQUE
1 September 2017
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Marigold

Marigold Calendula officinalis L. Compositae Marigold is an annual plant originating from the Mediterranean basin, widely cultivated both as an ornamental plant and as a medicinal plant. In France, we have garden marigold, Calendula officinalis L., which can only be found cultivated, and fields marigold,…
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Angelica

Angelica Angelica archangelica L. Apiaceae Angelica is a biannual plant that produces on its first year large cut leaves which carry on the second year an imposing inflorescence which has many umbels of yellowish green flowers and that can reach 2m. Cultivated since the Middle…
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Bay laurel

Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis L. Lauraceae Bay laurel is an evergreen tree * which can reach 10 m. It is naturally present on the islands that make up Macaronesia (Madeira, Azores and Canaries) where it forms real forests, called laurisylva. These vegetation formations, which have…
Vincent DELBECQUE
1 November 2016
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Dittany of Crete

Dittany of Crete Origanum dictamnus L. Lamiaceae Dictamne is a species of oregano found only in the mountains of Crete, in the steepest places, often on the cliff walls. The Cretans also call it Erontas, the herb of love. Its harvest is so perilous that…
Alex
1 October 2016
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Hops

Hops Humulus lupulus L. Cannabaceae Hops are one of the few lianas in temperate regions that can reach 10 to 12 m in length. The plant is dioecious: with both male feet and female feet. On these latter appear ovoid cones that are very perfumed…
Alex
1 September 2016
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Tea tree

Tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia (Maiden & Betche) Cheel Myrtaceae Tea tree is a tree native to Australia belonging to the myrtaceae family, such as eucalyptus or niaouli. It was the famous navigator James Cook who was the first European to discover the plant on the…
Alex
2 August 2016
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