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Plant Profiles

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

Dragon’s Blood Tree

By Jonathan Drori

An island off the Horn of Africa holds root to a tree with an ominous crown and vein-like branches that trickle a dark-red resin. The Dracaena cinnabari had bled a name for itself in history with legends of dragons and magic.


Heirloom Apples: An American Classic

A look at the history of a Vermont apple orchard that dates back to the late 1700s, and how the orchard manager began to revive the apples trees on the sorely neglected property when a historic preservation trust acquired in in the mid-1990s.


How to Care for a Holiday Cactus

By Samantha Johnson

With a little know-how and some careful timing, you can keep your Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus blooming year after year.


Family Heirlooms: Crocuses, Violets, Camilla, and Lemon Trees

By HERILOOM GARDENER EDITORS

Readers share stories of treasured family plants passed down for generations, including lemon trees and sweet violets.


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The Longevity of Love-in-a-Mist

By Shannon McCabe

Learn how an acclaimed garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, collected and bred unique plants, including one particularly appealing azure bloom.


‘Jackson Wonder’ Lima Beans

By William Woys Weaver

This tasty, ‘wonder’ful bean is widely adapted and requires less heat than most lima beans.


The Great Cherry Tomato Challenge of 2018

By Laura Flacks-Narrol

This year we grew out a bunch of different cherry tomatoes. Check out which did the best.


The Great Colorful Tomato Challenge of 2018

By Laura Flacks-Narrol

We grew a bunch of different colorful tomatoes to see which is the best. Find out more.



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