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Books on Medicinal Plants and Herbs

  • Subject: [cg] Books on Medicinal Plants and Herbs
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 16:17:04 -0400

For people that might want to create a demo garden of local medicinal plants and herbs at their community garden site, there are two helpful identification and description books:
1) Peterson Field Guides
A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, 2nd ed, 2000
bu Steven Foster and James A. Duke
ISBN 0395988144
2) Peterson Field Guides
A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs, 2002, by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs
Both books
-show where to find the plants
-give uses and tell which parts are useful
-give warnings as necessary
-report findings from medical studies where available
-have clear detailed pictures
-have plant indexes
-have an index by medical topics
Some of the plants shown in the books are endangered, so care should be taken in creating a garden to use plants/seeds that are obtained in ecologically safe ways and to focus on plants that have a good chance of survival in the particular community garden conditions.  Other books would need to be consulted for growing advice though the information on where they are found will give some clues as to their favored habitats.

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