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My Favorite Plants

In February 1999 I was asked to deliver a lecture on my favorite plants. Since I knew the other speakers who were also asked would be focusing on their favorite plants to LOOK AT, to be more helpful I chose to indicate my favorites in a categorized way. I essentially ignored choosing my favorite plants based merely on their ornamental appeal.

For edible FRUIT I chose Pineapple Guava (Feijoa Sellowiana), Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) and Mountain Huckleberry (Vaccinium deliciosum).

My favorites WEEDS were: Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum), Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum), and Wall Barley (Hordeum murinum).

Below are listed my 20 favorite FRAGRANT plants . . .


Scientific Name Common Name Notes
Abies grandis Grand Fir tangerine smell
Artemisia tridentata Sagebrush the smell of The West
Buddleia Davidii Butterfly Bush flowers smell sweet
Clerodendrum trichotomum Harlequin Glory-Bower peanut-butter odor
Escallonia viscosa Escallonia maple syrup smell
Eucalyptus spp. Gum, Eucalypt Vick's vap-o-rub
Juniperus occidentalis Western Juniper strongest odor in its genus?
Magnolia hypoleuca Silverleaf Magnolia rich and fruity
Malus coronaria, M. ioensis Crabapple intense sweet violet fragrance
Michelia Figo Banana Shrub Port wine
Muscari armeniacum Grape Hyacinth Grape soda
Pelargonium 'Mabel Gray' Scented Geranium pure deep lemon
Populus trichocarpa Black Cottonwood balsamic odor in spring
Ribes bracteosum Stinking Currant spicy; exotic
Sassafras albidum Sassafras like root beer
Thymus Herba-barona Caraway Thyme smells like candy
Umbellularia californica Oregon Myrtle; California Bay can cause sneezing; ultra strong
Valeriana officinalis Valerian flowers sweet
Vitex Agnus-Castus Chaste Tree heavenly
Zanthoxylum spp. Prickly-Ash piercingly powerful




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Below are listed my 20 favorite SALAD plants . . .

Scientific Name Common Name
Allium 'Elephant Garlic' Elephant Garlic
Amomum Cardamon Cardamom
Artemisia Dracunculus French Tarragon
Begonia Begonia
Brassica campestris Wild Mustard
Coriandrum sativum Cilantro
Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa Arugula
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel
Lippia dulcis Sweet leaf
Mentha x piperita Peppermint
Ocimum Basilicum Basil
Polygonum Hydropiper Water Pepper
Portulacca oleracea Purslane
Raphanus sativus Radish
Rumex scutatus Sorrel
Solidago odora Sweet Goldenrod
Spilanthes or Acmella oleracea Toothache Plant
Thymus Marschallianus Savory-scented Thyme
Tropaeolum majus Nasturtium
Viola tricolor Wild Pansy


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