Herb Profiles

A growing collection of profiles about our most common British medicinal plants.. Please click on the links to the right for each plant. If there is a herb you would like to see featured, just get in touch.

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Herb Profile: Mullein

Herb Profile: Mullein

         Mullein Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus Common Names: Scots: Aaron’s rod, Shepherd’s club, White Mullein, Cuddy-lugs (Donkey’s ears), Hag’s Taper, Cowboy’s Toilet Paper Family: Scrophulariaceae - the Figwort family Parts Used: Dried leaves and flowers, some...

Herb Profile: Roseroot

Herb Profile: Roseroot

Rhodiola rosea Family: Crassulaceae Common names:, Rhodiola, Roseroot, Golden Root, Arctic root, Rosy Stonecrop, Tibetan Ginseng, Gaelic-Lus nan Laoch-Plant of the champion or hero. Synonyms: Sedum rhodiola. S. rosea. (L.)Scop. Roseroot growing on a cliffside in the...

Herb Profile: Wood Avens

Herb Profile: Wood Avens

Botanical Name: Geum urbanum Common Names: Avens, Herb Bennet, Colewort, Benedict’s Herb, Radix caryophyllata Family: Rosaceae (The Rose Family) Parts Used: Root, leaves Botany & Identification: A hedgerow and woodland herb found over most of Europe. Common in...

Herb Profile: Artist’s Bracket Fungus

Herb Profile: Artist’s Bracket Fungus

Botanical Name: Ganoderma applanatum Common Names: Artist’s Conk, Shelf Fungus, White Mottled Rot Mushroom, Bear Bread, Powder Coated Monkey’s Bench   Family: Ganodermataceae Parts Used: Fruiting Body of the Fungus Related Species: There are many species of Ganoderma...

Herb Profile: Rosebay Willowherb

Herb Profile: Rosebay Willowherb

Botanical Name: Chamaenerion angustifolium (previously Epilobium angustifolium) Common Names: Rosebay Willowherb, Bombweed, Singerweed, London’s Ruin Family: Onagraceae - Willowherb/Evening Primrose Family Parts Used: Leaves and flowers Botany & Identification:...

Herb Profile: Heathers

Herb Profile: Heathers

Botanical Name: Calluna vulgaris             Common Names: Ling, Common Heather, Scottish Heather, Gaelic: Fraoch Family: Ericaceae - Heather Family Calluna vulgaris - Heather, Ling Parts Used: Flowering tops (July - September) fresh or dried Botany &...

Herb Profile: Agrimony

Botanical Name: Agrimonia eupatoria, A.procera (Fragrant Agrimony) Common Names: Cocklebur, Church Steeples, Sticklewort Family:  Rosaceae Parts Used:  Aerial parts, (also the root & seed according to some authors) Botany & Identification:...

Herb Profile: Shepherd’s Purse

Botanical Name: Capsella bursa-pastoris Common Names:  Shepherd’s Purse, Sanguinary, Pick Purse, Witches’ Pouches, Mother’s Heart (Scots), lus na fola - The Blood Herb (Gaelic), Family:  Brassicaceae Parts Used:  Aerial parts Botany & Identification: A variable...

Herb Profile: Juniper

Botanical name: Juniperus communis Common Names: Scots: aiten    Gaelic: aiteal, aiteann, aittin, samh Family: Cupressaceae - Cypress family Parts used: Dried ripe ‘berries’ Botany & Identification: Juniper is a slow growing evergreen shrub in the Cypress family...

Herb Profile: Wild & Garden Angelica

Wild & Garden Angelica Botanical Name: Angelica sylvestris, A. archangelica Common Names:  A.sylvestris - Wild Angelica, A. archangelica - Garden Angelica Family:  Apiaceae Parts Used:  Roots, rhizomes, leaves, fruits, fresh young stems. Botany &...