Heritage and Heirloom Organic Seed Catalog : Salt Spring Seeds

Medicinal Herb Seeds

All packets contain 100+ seeds unless otherwise stated.

We are currently offering 57 varieties of Medicinal Herb Seeds.

New, Blessed Thistle ($3.50)

(Cnicus benedictus.) A very striking non-invasive annual thistle. Also known as St. Benedict's Thistle. It has branched, bristly red stems, long spiny leaves and spine-encircled yellow flowers, blooming from July through September. Highly valued for its digestive and blood-purifying tonic qualities. Reputedly strengthens memory. 20 or more seeds.

New, Boneset/Thoroughwort (Eupatorium perfoliatum) ($3.50)

Large and showy herbaceous perennial, native to Southern and Eastern North America. Found in swampy areas and along streams, prefering part shade. Growing between 1-5ft. (30-150cm) tall with prolific amounts of long-lived white flowers. A favourite medicine of the First Nations who used the dried leaf and flowering tops as a remedy for colds, flu and fever. Medical research suggests that the use of the herb enhances the immune system and is regarded as a mild tonic in moderate doses. In large doses it is emetic and purgative. (Caution: contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids; not recommended for long term use.)

New, Chinese Woad ($3.50)

(Isatis indigotica.) Dye plant and medicinal. Considered antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Small yellow flowers on 3-foot plants produce seed like little black tongues.

New, Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) ($3.50)

Widespread herbaceous perennial in the Northern hemisphere growing to 1 m (3ft). Prefers a damp, even marshy habitat, in sun or part shade. Flowers from June to September, with the seeds ripening from July to September. Awesome pollinator attractor. Medicinally used for skin problems, sprains, swellings, burns, inflammation, and even gangrene. Also considered as a cleansing herb that supports the detoxification of the body. Sow spring or autumn, ideally in aᅠcold frame. Also called Woodland Figwort, Common Figwort, or Knotted Figwort. (The name Scrophularia comes from scrofula, a form of tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands that figwort was historically used to treat.)

New, Golden Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum') ($3.50)

Hardy, semi evergreen, short lived perennial bears beautiful, bright golden foliage and pretty single white daisy flowers throughout the summer. With its compact habit, forms a low bushy mound, well-suited to both the flower and herb garden. Readily self-sows. The dried flowers can be added to pot pourri for an aromatic fragrance. Used in preventing migraine and headaches, and according to the ancient sages, to purify the atmosphere and ward off disease.

New, Joe-Pye Weed ($3.50)

(Eupatorium purpureum.) Tall graceful perennial with rosy-purple flowers that attract butterflies. Valuable kidney remedy.

New, Leopard Lily (Belamcanda chinensis) ($3.50)

Attractive perennial lily, produces beautiful orange-yellow flowers with red-purple spots. Seeds are interesting in that open pods look like ripe blackberries. Called She-gan in traditional Chinese medicine, and used for respiratory tract disorders, and mumps. (Approx. 25 seeds/packet)

New, Orpine (Hylotelephium telephium syn. Sedum telephium) ($3.50)

Perennial, great for rock gardens and dry areas. Fleshy bluish green leaves with hints of burgundy. Deep red stems reach up to 3 feet tall with clusters of starry, showy pale-pink to crimson flowers from July to August, the seeds ripening from August to September. Popular remedy for diarrhoea, piles, burns, boils, stimulating the kidneys and has a reputation as an anti-cancer herb. Also known as Stonecrop, Live-forever, Frog Plant, Live-long, Witches'-moneybags!

New, Pleurisy Root/Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) ($3.50)

Beautiful herbaceous perennial species of Milkweed native to the prairies and eastern North America. Hardy, growing up to 1 metre (3ᅠft) tall, with clustered orange or yellow flowers from early summer to early autumn. Prefers sand or gravel soil with full sun and regular water. Attracts butterflies, especially Monarchs and abundant bees. The tough, deep growing tap-root has a turpentine odour, and when dried can be made into a low-dose tea or tincture for treating pleurisy, a painful inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs. Cold soil germinator, sow the seed in the early spring. (Approx. 50 seeds)

New, Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) ($3.50)

Fleshy, succulent perennial, growing from 2 to 16 high (5-40cm) with yellow flowers, sometimes containing red and purple hues. Extremely hardy medicinal, surviving in Arctic areas with ease. Grows in a variety of soil types, from rocky gravel and heavy clay to silty, sandy and peaty loam. Not very heat tolerant. Rose-scented roots are loaded with immune stimulating glycosides (rosavin, rosin) classing it as a true adaptogen, an herb that has the ability to restore the mind and body after mental and physical exertion and stress, similar in action to Ginseng. Also known as Golden-root, Aaron's rod, Arctic root, King's Crown, Orpin Rose.

New, Rue (Ruta graveolens) ($3.50)

Beautiful, hardy, evergreen perennial with bluish leaves, yellow blossoms, growing 2-3ft. tall, a native to the Balkan Peninsula. Great in rock gardens and as a companion plant in organic gardens. Medicinally used for coughs and colds, inducing menses, a mild stomachic, rheumatism, internal parasites, and a bitter spice. Also known as "Herb-of-grace".

New, Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) ($3.50)

This famous alpine plant with its soft grey, wooly flowers has some amazing medicinal properties. Used as a tea to treat respiratory conditions and digestive upset, it is high in bioflavenoids, helps to strengthen the capillaries and is used to treat varicose veins and other vascular problems. Easy to grow in any sunny location.

New, Honeyplant/Khella/Ammi visnaga ($3.50)

3-4 foot self-sowing annual with beautiful white blossoms 3-6 inches across. Long-lasting and drought resistant annual. Attracts beneficial insects. Leaves are edible, with a cress-like flavour. Seeds are medicinal and useful for angina, asthma and stomach cramps. Also known as Toothpickweed.

New, Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) ($3.50)

Biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial, which sometimes flowers in the first year, native to the northern Mediterranean, and some areas of north Africa and Central Asia. Seeds soaked in water produce mucilaginous eye bath which safely removes foreign particles. Vanilla balsam aroma. Has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb, and is mainly grown for its essential oil, relieving anxiety and fear, menstrual-related issues such as PMS and cramping, and helping with insomnia.

Agrimony (Agrimonia Eupatoria) ($3.50)

2-foot plants topped with a small yellow flower spike. Used as a skin wash for healing wounds and internally for liver, kidneys and bladder problems. Plant also used as a dye. (Approx. 20 seeds)

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) ($3.50)

Small sweet annual member of the carrot family, native to the Middle East. Very sweet and spicy seeds are used in liqueurs, candies and confections around the world. Most commonly used as a digestive aid, but many other medicinal properties including an immune system booster. Seeds grow best if planted in the fall.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) ($3.50)

Is in the same family as the tomato and like the tomato, bears yellow flowers and red fruit, though the fruit is berry-like in size and shape. Grows as a stout shrub reaching a height of up to 5 feet. Prolific throughout India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, liking heat and poor soils. Sometimes called Indian Ginseng for its adaptogenic properties. In Hindi Ashwagandha means "horse's smell", referring not only to the smell of a horse, but also to a horse's strength.

Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) ($3.50)

Compact semievergreen to deciduous shrub, bearing tiny silver/ white gray berries, which yield an aromatic wax used in scenting candles and soaps. Can take full sun and poor soils. Seeds sprout best if wax removed and planted in Autumn. Plant also has medicinal and dye uses. (Approx. 50 seeds)

Betony (Stachys officinalis) ($3.50)

Hardy perennial native to Europe and Russia. Moisture-loving plant creates lush mounds that flower in multiple 2 to 3 feet tall upright purple racemes. Infusion of leaves resembles the taste of black tea. Helps relieve headache, acute or chronic pain, and has general tonic action.

Chinese Rhubarb - Gansu Strain (Rheum officinale) ($3.50)

(Da huang) From a medicinal rhubarb farm in Gansu Province, Western China where traditionally some of the best medicinal herbs are grown. One of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, revered for 5000 years as a safe digestive tonic and purgative. Has marked anti-tumour properties. Flower plumes up to 2 meters, deep red/crimson. Perennial, hardy in zones 5-8. (50 Seeds)

Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) ($3.50)

Very showy perennial. Leafy plants, similar to Columbines. Yellow flowers. Used for stomach ailments and mixed with vinegar as a remedy for warts and corns. New research shows anti cancer properties. Self seeds readily and makes a nice addition to the wild or cottage garden.

Japanese Catnip (Schizonepeta tennifolia) ($3.50)

Annual Chinese medicinal herb, Jing Jie, used as a tea for colds and sore throat. Antibacterial. Bushy plants grow 2-3 feet around. Strong, enchanting, fresh mint-like scent. Rare.

Madder (Rubia tinctorum) ($3.50)

Hardy, climbing perennial native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Flowers in the second year producing yellow, star-shaped flowers, after which the roots may be dug. Root contains a pigment Alizarin, which is a very stable red dye. (The red of the English red coats!) The root is also used medicinally for treating urinary gravel, edema, and jaundice. Prefers fast draining soil, full sun and a trellis. Drought tolerant. (Approx. 40 seeds/pkt)

Maral Root (Rhaponticum carthamoides) ($3.50)

Perennial native to Southern Siberia growing to 1.5m. Multiple health benefits. Maral deer stags dig & eat roots during rutting season! Also called Leuzea Root. Beautiful purple flower head that attracts many bees. Adaptogenic roots. (Approx. 35 seeds/pkt))

Marshmallow (Althea officianalis) ($3.50)

Growing 3 to 4 feet. Heart-shaped leaves with pale purple/pink flowers. Highly prized medicinal, used for soothing inflammation of the skin, throat, eyes, lungs and urinary tract. Roots are used for digestive problems, leaves for the urinary tract and lungs.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) ($3.50)

Motherwort is a smooth-stemmed to slightly hairy, strong fragranced perennial, growing from 2-10 feet tall. The main stem, often branching at the base, is stout and strongly four-angled. The flowers occur in tight whorls at the leaf axils, giving the plant a showy wandlike, spike appearance in the garden. Traditional female tonic from puberty to menopause and also used for heart & lungs. Excellent bee plant.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) ($3.50)

Herbaceous perennial. Angular purplish stems 3-4ft tall. Leaves have a dark green tint on the upper surface and are covered with a dense cottony down beneath. Used to make Moxa in Chinese medicine. Dream-inducer. Vigorous self-seeder.

Narrow leaved Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) ($3.50)

Perennial, grows well in dry gravelly soils. Lance shaped leaves are used for eating, poultices, oils and salves, and in treating multiple conditions including respiratory, blood and urinary/kidney. Also known as Ribwort.

Rama Tulsi (Holy) Basil (Ocimum sanctum) ($3.50)

One of the holy basils of India. Complex spicy flavour. Easy to grow and more productive than most basils. Makes a most amazing tea. Numerous medicinal properties.

Spilanthes (Acmella oleracea) ($3.50)

Annual. Spilanthes is native to South America. It has striking golden, bud-shaped flowers with deep red eyes on glossy green low growing annual plants.Sometimes called "toothache plant" because chewing the leaves and especially the flowers creates an interesting numbing effect. Reputedly enhances the immune system similarly to Echinacea. Leaves can be eaten fresh like cress.

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) ($3.50)

St Johnswort is a much-branched perennial herb growing from one to three feet high. The oblong, entire (without teeth), opposite pale green leaves are about an inch long. The leaves are covered by translucent dots easily seen by holding the leaves up to light. The star-shaped, golden yellow blossoms appear from June through August. When the fresh flowers are crushed, they exude a blood-red juice, staining the fingers blue violet. Esteemed for antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiviral properties. Good bee and border plant.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) ($3.50)

Valerian is a hardy perennial growing to about 5 feet. The stems are succulent, hollow and grooved. The deeply divided leaves are larger at the base, becoming progressively smaller on the flower stalks. Seven to ten pairs of lance-shaped leaf segments characterize the fern-like leaves. The tiny, fragrant flowers are pink, white or lavender and are borne in flat, umbel-like clusters. Valerian flowers from late May through August. Widely used to allay pain, nervous unrest, migraine and insomnia. Roots should be simmered very lightly for 10 minutes. Pungent flowers. Best to let roots size up for a few years.

Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium) ($3.50)

Famous for its use in making absinthe. Grows in full sun and dry soils to 3-4 feet, with decorative, lacy silver-grey foliage. Stunning in combination with plants with dark green foliage.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) ($3.50)

Perennial widely grown throughout the world, originally native to Central and Western Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. Arabs gave Alfalfa its name which means 'father of all foods'. Great for sprouting and incredibly high in vitamins and minerals. Excellent cover crop, roots reaching down to 20 feet. Prefers full sun. Drought tolerant. Fresh sprouts and tea of the dried aerial plant provide a rich source of chlorophyll and minerals. Used as a stimulating, tonic herb.

*NB The open-pollinated, non-GMO, organically grown Alfalfa we are offering is threatened due to the imminent introduction of a genetically modified (GM) variety and hence genetic transfer/contamination through cross pollination!

Arnica (Arnica montana) ($3.50)

Low-growing, daisy-like perennial with vibrant yellow petalled flower, used in salves and tinctures for relief of bruises, stiffness and muscle soreness. Also a famous homeopathic medicine. (50 seeds approx.)

Burdock (Arctium lappa) ($3.50)

The leaves are a rich green colour and very expansive in size. The blossoms are huge and attract a vast array of beneficial insects. The burr style seed pods can be easily removed before going to seed and are attractive at the green stage. The roots are one of our important medicinals, useful for chronic skin ailments, psoriasis and eczema as well as aiding digestion and kidney function. Burdock helps to balance the whole system.

Common Mullein (Verbascum thaspus) ($3.50)

Naturalized, biennial herb with a rosette of fuzzy greyish leaves the first year. Striking flower-stalk from a woolly leaf base in the second year, growing to 6 feet and covered with densely crowded, sulphur-yellow, 1 inch flowers. Harvest the entire plant in bloom (July /Aug) dry for later herb use. Leaves are brewed or steamed for coughs, hoarseness and bronchitis. Flower infused oil used for ear infections. Prefers well drained soil, sun, tolerates drought. Good dye plant.

Echinacea tennesseensis ($3.50)

Rare Echinacea, endangered in its natural habitat. Beautiful erect purple ray flowers in contrast to the more drooping or curled flowers of other Echinaceas. A favourite for bees and butterflies. Until 1968 this species was thought to be virtually extinct, at which time botanists and conservationists made a concerted effort to bring it back - which they did. (Packets contain some chaff.)

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) ($3.50)

Native to the Mediterranean. Aromatic foliage bears white flowers and aromatic foliage. Great for sprouts. Breaks up heavy clay soil, adding nitrogen and organic matter. Germinates in cold soils. Direct-seed late summer to early spring. Is used for diabetes and loss of appetite, and to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women. It is also applied to the skin to treat inflammation. Seed is warming to the digestive tract. Absorbs toxins. Lowers cholesterol level in the bloodstream.

Vervain (Verbena officinalis) ($3.50)

Blue flowered, upright, hardy perennial with bright, somewhat glossy leaves, growing 2 to 4 feet high. Traditional sacred medicinal used to calm nerves and reduce inflammation. Start indoors and transplant out. Known as "the Herb of Grace".

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) ($3.50)

A very pretty non-invasive annual thistle. Also known as St. Benedict's Thistle. It has branched, bristly red stems, long spiny leaves and spine-encircled yellow flowers, blooming from July through September. Highly valued for its digestive and blood-purifying tonic qualities. Reputedly strengthens memory.

Lion's Ear/Lion's Tail (Leonitis leonurus) ($3.50)

South African plant used for epilepsy, headache, hypertension, and for stomach and bronchial problems. Leaves are brewed as tea or smoked. Extremely ornamental plant with whorls of orange flower spikes to 6 feet. Treat as annual. (Known in Africa as Wild Dagga.)

Himalayan Rhubarb (Rheum australe) ($3.50)

Himalayan native perennial with flower spire growing to 3 m (9ft). Flowers June - July. Prefers full sun and moist, fertile soil. Roots used for stomach/ digestive ailments. Hardy to zone 6. (30 seeds approx.)

Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) ($3.50)

Attractive small blue flowers on bushy 1-2 foot perennial. Prized Chinese medicinal root (Huang-qin) for fevers, colds, high blood pressure, headaches, dysentery and more! Easy to grow but does not transplant well: move carefully. Leaves can be used as a boiled vegetable. Whole plant can be dried and used as a tea substitute.

Cleavers (Galium aparine) ($3.50)

Creeping and clinging ground dweller native to fields, woods and waste places of North America and Europe. Fresh juice or infusion is applied to skin diseases and eruptions with good success. Said to remove freckles. Roots produce a red dye. The juice of the fresh herb is a premier lymphatic tonic. Cleavers is also an excellent diuretic and is used for treating upper respiratory illness. It is intensely green and has the energizing aura of the spring tonics--intermediate between chickweed and nettles. Plant prefers regular garden soil or woodland soils, shade to sun.

Lemon Catnip (Nepeta cataria ssp. citriodora) ($3.50)

Hardy perennial, growing to 4 feet tall. Loved by butterflies and bees. Excellent tea plant with a pleasant lemon/minty flavour. Used fresh or dried in herbal medicine for its sedative properties. Has a calming effect on the nerves and helps soothe sinuses, sinus headaches and colds. The soft greyish/green lemon scented foliage and stalks of beautiful white flowers make a great landscape plant.

Calendula Mix (Calendula officinalis) ($3.50)

Sometimes called Pot Marigold, Calendula is an annual with light-yellow-to-orange blossoms that brings sunshiny brightness to gardens for most of the year. Usually about two feet high, it has coarse surfaces and many branches. The leaves are oblong, without teeth or with small inconspicuous teeth. They are three to six inches long. The flower heads are from two to three inches across and have several rows of ray florets and a central cluster of tubular flowers. Calendula blossoms appear about six weeks after planting and will keep blooming until the first snows. This is an electric mix of yellows and oranges. An extremely hardy plant that flowers here even in winter. Often used in skin lotions. Flower petals are a special salad addition. Stagger plantings for continuous display. Self-sows readily.

Wood Germander (Teucrium scorodonia) ($3.50)

A tea plant, very popular in Scotland, grows into a 2-3 foot bush, topped with spikes of yellow flowers. Adored by bees. Also known as Garlic Sage, the tea has been used medicinally as a tonic and to fight colds. An ideal plant for poor soils, hillsides and an orchard companion, very drought tolerant once established.

Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula) ($3.50)

Twining perennial climbing vine known as Dang-Shen in its native China. Prefers full sun to part shade and something to twine around. Beautiful bell-shaped flowers. The roots are crunchy, sweet and tasty, helping to tonify the blood and build chi - similar in action to Ginseng, hence "Poor Man's Ginseng". Sow in spring.

Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) ($3.50)

Also called "bush cranberry" and "Guelder rose". Deciduous shrub with maple-shaped leaves, flat clusters of white flowers in spring, brilliant red berries in fall. Bark tincture is used as a remedy for uterine cramping. (30 Seeds)

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) ($3.50)

A striking, deeply attractive annual/biennial of legendary reputation. Has broad, coarse leaves and attractive creamy-yellow flowers heavily veined in purple/black, with dark, purple/black centres. The plant contains tropane alkaloids, most concentrated in the seeds, which have a sedative effect in low doses, but will cause euphoria, mania, hallucination, convulsion and death in higher doses. Used as a tool of murder and assassination down through time, most famously in Shakespeares' Hamlet - "juice of cursed he bona". However, modern cases of poisoning are rare and is now used in ophthalmology, the prevention of motion sickness, and pain relief, when applied externally. A beautiful and stunning plant when in full flower.

Echinacea purpurea ($3.50)

Purple Coneflower is a stunning perennial that starts to flower in mid-summer and attracts masses of bees and butterflies. Long, down-turning, purple petals surround bristly, phosphorescent orange cones on 4-foot stems. As medicine, this plant is a powerful immune system stimulant and blood purifier. Easiest to grow as transplants.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) ($3.50)

A most arresting, stout, branching plant. White-mottled, smooth, shiny, scalloped leaves with sharp spines. 3-7 feet. Large solitary purple flower heads. Leaves are edible and good if you can avoid the prickles. Can self-sow but easy to keep under control. Milk thistle seeds have long been known for their powerful beneficial effect on the liver. We chew them slowly, letting them dissolve in the mouth.

Astragalus/Huang Qi (Astragalus membranaceus) ($3.50)

Perennial, important immune-boosting root. Also lowers blood sugar and blood pressure. Scarify seed and soak for 24 hours before planting in sunny, well-drained soil. A legume, it grows upto 6 feet, and has yellow flowers. Also known as Chinese Milkvetch.

Pinguica (Arctostaphylos pungens) ($3.50)

Delightful Mexican relative of Kinnikkinnick, Salal and Arbutus. Will grow to 8 feet in favourable location - dry sunny slope. Small evergreen leaves, white flowers, orange berries. Mexican herbal remedy for bronchial, and kidney/bladder infections. (Minimum of 5 seeds)

Elecampane (Inula helenium) ($3.50)

Striking robust perennial that grows from 4-6 feet but can exceed 8 feet in good soil. The basal leaves are 10-18" long and about 4" across, rough above and covered with soft, velvety white hairs below. Long slender ray flowers project out from bright golden flower heads, up to 4" in diameter. Flowering is from May to August. Root is large, fleshy, and pleasingly aromatic, dried preparations being traditionally used to kill intestinal parasites, treat bronchial congestion, boost immune system, and tone stomach.

Sweet Annie (Artemesia annua) ($3.50)

Sweet Annie is a smooth, sweetly aromatic, bushy annual from 2 to 9 feet tall. The leaves are broadly oval to lance-shaped in general outline and up to 4 inches long. The flowers are in a loose, broad panicle. The individual, tiny, inconspicuous, greenish-yellow flowerheads are round and somewhat nodding. Great for dried flower arrangements. Potpourri fixative. Has emerged as the most promising new treatment for malaria in over 300 years. Called Qing-hao in traditional Chinese medicine.