Exotic probably requires a definition. The plants listed here are "different" meaning that you do not find them in every garden. Once a plant becomes famous, it may be widely cultivated, but there are some plants that are beautiful, practical, medicinal, and/or edible that are worth considering if you are trying to preserve a species or simply create a conversation place in your garden.
Ashitaba and is a type of angelica that has edible leaves. The nickname is "Tomorrow"s Leaf" because if you pick a leaf, a replacement appears the next day. As such, it is regarded as a longevity plant than doubles as being anti-infective. It is maritime and a little tricky regarding germination. Then, it likes warmth and sunlight. It is very interesting looking and the stalks are edible, sort of like celery. It is a plant source of vitamin B-12 which is very interesting for vegetarians. Ashitaba is biennial and hardy to zones 6 to 12.
Carob, open pollinated, 7 seedsCeratonia siliqua
Carob is Mediterranean plant that likes full sun and fast draining soil. It is not very frost tolerant, but does well in the right place. The seeds should be deeply scarified and dropped in boiled water and then left overnight or longer. The seed needs the water before it will germinate. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep. The trees take a long time to mature and one needs both male and female plants so several trees should be planted. Years from planting, the pods can be eaten raw or cooked as a chocolate substitute or as animal fodder.
Wormwood, Redstem, 200 seedsArtemisia scoparia
This herb can be grown almost anywhere. In Chinese medicine, it is called yin chen and is considered a hepatoprotective herb. It is used to treat jaundice, inflammation of the gall bladder, and infections, especially staphylococcus and streptococcus. It is native to North Africa and tropical Asia, but will grow almost anywhere, even in poor soil, but it does like like shade. It is fragrant and beautiful.
Zaatar, organic, 50 seedsOriganum syriacum
Zaatar is a Middle Eastern perennial that is used as a sort of condiment, generally mixed with other herbs and spices, such as sesame seeds, black cumin, fennel, onions, and salt, all blended in olive oil and used as a spread, like a nut butter. It has an oregano-like aroma and taste and makes a marvelous dipping sauce for bread. It likes full sun and sandy, quick-draining soil. Its yield is abundant in the first year.
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