The Signatures of Plants: Learning Nature’s Alphabet

Centuries ago in Europe, in a time before most people could read, a system called the “doctrine of signatures” was developed to catalog the language of plants. I have successfully used this system to understand the medicinal properties of a plant.

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Life, Death, Sex, and Mutant Flowers

I have a mutant in my garden. It is a flower of the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. Digitalis is a perfect example of how even those who dismiss herbal medicine rely on it on a regular basis, even if they do so ignorantly.

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The Moccasin Flower’s Challenge to Our Ego

Many people do not realize that wild orchids grow in North America. Not only are our native orchids among our most beautiful wildflowers, they offer profound lessons for us about who we are as a species and as individuals.

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