Herbal history: Five garden plants with a hidden past

Image copyright RHS Lindley Collections Image caption A book by Leonhart Fuchs on herbal plants published in Basel in 1542 Many garden plants we’re familiar with today have a hidden history. Grown centuries ago for their reputed healing powers, they became garden staples, valued for their beauty, form or scent. Pulmonaria, with its spotted leaves, was thought to symbolise diseased lungs, and used for chest infections. And the mint now found in a pot by the door was recommended to “stayeth bleeding” by early herbalists and apothecaries. There’s more to…

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