Mostly I write about individual plants...

Barley (Horedum vulgare)
Black Hellebore (Helleborus niger
Borage (Borago officinalis) 
Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)
Corn (Zea mays) 
Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis sylvatica
Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri
Garlic (Allium sativa) 
Heathers and Heaths (Calluna sp. and Erica sp.)
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis
Juniper (Juniperus sp.)
Lavender (Lavandula sp.) 
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica
Mint (Mentha sp.
Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum)  
Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum)
Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.) 
Rowan (Aucuparia sp.) 
Strawberries (Fragaria sp.
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioecia
Variegated Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Argenteo Marginata') and (Osmanthus heterophyllus "Goshiki')
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
Yew (Taxus baccata) 

but sometimes I digress...


  1. Great Blog... will reference for our 1795-1820s era garden, thanks.

  2. Thanks for the info. I was reading through my local nursery's catalog that I just received this week, and found Parthenium (Wild Quinine). Did Claire use this plant? It sounds awfully familiar. Here's link I found, and it sounds like one she used.

    1. I don't know if Claire used this particular plant. In "Drums of Autumn," she wanted quinine to treat Lizzie's illness, but what she wanted is the quinine that is used to treat malaria. She had no way of obtaining it in that time. Quinine is derived from the bark of the Chinchona tree which is native to South America. It was a medicine she was familiar with from the 20th century, but it was unknown to people living in the colonies in the 18th century.


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