Unusual plants for the home garden

Comfrey, stinging nettle and American elderberry are a few of the plants profiled in this gardener’s home landscape that features medicinal herbs and berries.

Plants Featured in this Clip

Nepeta cataria (Catnip)
Symphytum officinale (comfrey)
Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)
Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem Artichoke, Sunchoke, Earth Apple)
Urtica dioica (stinging nettle, burn weed)

Gardener Extras

  1. Stinging nettle leaves are most commonly brewed as a tea which captures many of the most essential health benefits.
  2. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance known to aid granulation and cell formation, the basis of healing. The most common medicinal use of comfrey is in poultices to help heal swellings, inflammation and sores.
  3. Comfrey is toxic to the liver for both humans and livestock and should not be taken orally or used on open wounds, as reported in Mother Earth News.

Matt Kerske

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