In this section we gathered those plants that are said to have a positive effect on health. These species belong to different plant families and different areas of the world. The diversity of human culture has learnt to live with the diversity of plants and some species became therapeutical or medicinal. Some, like Aloe vera grow in sunny and dry conditions and can live in a small pot. Some others will become large trees and need space and time to grow. Remember to be careful, not all these plants are edible, some are toxic if eaten or applied to the skin.
This reddish bulb from tropical America has leaves reminiscent of a palm-tree seedling. Flowers are white and star-shaped. Itis easy to keep and reproduce as it can be grown as winter-dormant and then loves warm and humid, greenhouse conditions with well draining soil.
Erythrina velutina - Mulungu Majestic tree which is both ornamental and useful, with bright orange-red flowers. It is found in seasonally dry forests of much of South America and it is used in popular medicine throughout most of its range.
This is the pink form of a fabulous exotic bloom! "Torch gingers" are tropical ornamental plants of supreme beauty. The torch-like inflorescence is produced at eye level and the vegetative shoots are also very elegant. It is used as a food ingredient for delicacies in SE Asia and also as a medicine.
This edible gynura is a small herbaceous shrub with some truly showy foliage, which is purple and glossy in the underleaf. It is native to SE.Asia, where it is used as a medicine and as a food. It is cooked as any spinach-like lettuce.
Cont.= 8,5. Different Haworthia, with flat leaves, heavily banded with ridges. This clone is dark green to rusty brown, depending on light, up to 10 cm in diam. Native from Mozambique to Mpumalanga. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. It is sometimes called false curry plant. It grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground around the Mediterranean. The stems are woody at the base and can reach 60 cm or more in height. The clusters of yellow flowers are produced in Summer, they retain their colour after picking and are...
Wow! This highly prized Canarian honeydew-honey includes a lot of nectar and secretions collected from banana inflorescences, and also from the insects honeydew existing there and in the neighbouring avocado orchards. It is very smooth and not as sweet as most honeys. VERY HEALTHY! It is produced in Northern Tenerife, during the warmer months. Certified...
Healthy in general, as most gingers, this Kaempferia is used as a strengthener or aphrodisiac since immemorial times. It is also a nice ornamental: flowers are not too exciting (parvi-flora means small flowered) but leaves are glossy and wavy.
Elegant evergreen shrub with deep green fragrant leaves that bears small flowers of white to pink in colour. It is resistant to moderate frost. This plant is called Manuka and it is known for medicinal purposes but also because it makes a special bee honey. There are also reports of therapeutic properties.
This white honeysuckle is a classic of all times. It is a fast growing, robust vine with sweet smelling white flowers. Thesea are developed in pairs and turn cream coloured as they age. It can be kept low as a shrub. It is also used medicinally, both by modern science and by traditional Chinese medicine.
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