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Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

The Lovely Lady’s Slipper

By Sheryl Normandeau

This unusual, hardy orchid is the perfect show-stopping plant for cold-climate gardens.

Growing Great Carrots

By Andrew Weidman

Simple soil amendments and careful cultivar selection will boost your roots to their finest form.

Grow Abundant Garden Balsam

By Rebecca Martin

Get acquainted with this long-beloved plant’s alluring appearance, varied uses, and delightful longevity in the garden.

Bringing Back Broad Beans

By William Woys Weaver

These large legumes had broad appeal in the past, and they’re once again becoming fava-rites among cool-climate gardeners.



By Sidi Sanogo, Abdoul K. Sanogo, Bokary A. Kelly, Stephane Riviere, Efisio Mattana, Steve Davis, and Tiiana Ulian. 

Learn more about the henna plant, which produces a natural dye; henna dye is one of the oldest cosmetics in the world, dating back to Ancient Egypt.


By Daniel Franco-Estrada, Efisio Mattana, Steve Davis and Paulina Hechenleitner

Curious about how dragon fruit grows? Read about the amazing cactus (pitaya) that produces this tasty fruit as well as where it grows.

Triangle Tops Tree

By William Omondi, Victor Otirno, David Meroka, Steve Davis, and Efisio Mattana

Check out this unusual Kenyan tree, whose flowers have been made into a wonderful lotion and whose leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

All About Cool-Climate Orchids

By Michael Tibbs

Use this practical guide to care for and cultivate the popular Disa orchids.

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