This plant is a major medicinal and can be consumed as a tea or extract. It is easy to grow, immune enhancing, and soothing. Marshmallow is a demulcent herb that is very soothing to tissues. It is immune enhancing and gentle in action. It is an easy to grow perennial, native to Europe. Though all parts of the plant can be used medicinally, it is usually the root that is dried and then either sliced and used as a tea or powdered and used externally in poultices.
Angelica is native to Europe, the Himalayas, and Siberia and is very cold tolerant. The seeds are fragile and need light to germinate. It has only leaves in the first year and then has greenish-yellow flowers the second year. It has been cultivated in Scandinavia for a thousand years and Laplanders often add it to reindeer milk. The stems and seeds are used as flavoring in many liqueurs, such as Chartreuse and Benedictine. The dried leaves are used with hops in making beer. It is very aromatic and the essential oil is expensive! The roots are used in medicine, particularly for typhoid but also for colds and congestion. The other plant parts are carminative and aid digestion.
Lamb's Quarters, 300 seedsChenopodium album
Wild medicinal food. Soft, slightly downy, and mucilaginous leaves, like — high in protein, calcium, and vitamin A. Dried herb good in soups. The seeds are also edible and nutritious and make good bird feed.
Viper's Bugloss, organic, 100 seedsEchium vulgare
Viper's bugloss (prohibited in MT and WA) is one of the finest plants for bees since it produces abundant nectar from spring until the first frost. It is native to Europe, the Urals, and Siberia and is, of course, frost tolerant! It grows 2-3 feet tall and is medicinal and edible. The roots produce a bright red pigment that is antiseptic and antitumoral. The young leaves can be used to make a tea or poultice for snakebites. It likes rocky and sandy soil and requires moisture to germinate but afterwards is drought tolerant.
Sunflower, Fat Mama, 50 seedsHelianthus annuus
The Fat Mama seed is the type preferred by birds and for eating. It is also used to produce sunflower oil. It is an annual and can grows to 7-12 feet tall and produce seed heads as large as 24 inches in diameter. If planted with scarlet runner beans, the beans will climb the sunflower stalks. Sunflower can also be used to detoxify soil, including reducing the radioactivity from exposure to nuclear hazards.
Purslane, organic, 100 seedsPortulaca oleracea
This lovely succulent is a source of omega-3 fatty acids and can be eaten as a salad. It is a rich source of vitamins A & C and grows wonderfully with sun and water.
Violet, Sweet, organic, 50 seedsViola odorata
Likes moist soil in shade or partial sun. They are very frost hardy (to zone 5) perennial ground covers. The seed is slow to germinate. Plant in fall for spring appearance. Violets are a traditional remedy, used for mouth sores, including oral cancers. This is a German cultivar and was a favorite of Hildegard of Bingen who used it topically for cancer treatment. The young leaves are edible and can be used in salads or soups. The act as a thickener when used in soups. They can also be used to make a tea. Violets contain salicylic acid and are pain relieving.