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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum

Basil is a native plant from Asia,Africa, Central and South America[1]. It is possible that Basil was first cultivated in India and later introduced into Africa and the Mediterranea through spice trade. The plant can be easily found by its distinct characteristics:  square stems, flower spikes, and opposite leaves.  There several other variations of Basil : Holy Basil, Genovese, Lemon Basil Nufar.

[1] https://wimastergardener.org/article/herb-of-the-year-2003-basil-ocimum-basilicum/

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Bee Balm

Scientific Name: Monarda

Did you know bee balm is used to reduce discomfort caused by bee stings? Hence its name: “Bee balm”.

Bee balm is a member of the mint family. It is distinguishable by its square shaped stems, opposite leaves and fragrant leaves. Bee balm is a native to North America[1]. It can reach a height of 2- 3 feet in height. The bright scarlet red flowers attracts various wildlife: hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

[1] https://dodge.uwex.edu/2015/07/monarda/

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German chamomile

Scientific Name: Matricaria Recutita

Chamomile is a native plant to Southern and Eastern Europe, and Western Asia [1]. The plant thrives in disturbed areas such as: meadows and fields. Chamomile has been used for herbal remedies for thousand of years. It is primarily used for it’s anti-anxiety and sleep inducer properties.

[1] https://wimastergardener.org/article/chamomile-matricaria-chamomilla/

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Scientific Name: Lavandula Lavender

Native to the Middle East and India [1]. Around the 7th century Arabs introduced the plant to Spain, which then the Spanish brought the plant into North America. Lavender can reach a height of 1-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet. The plant can survive in various climates although it will strive in warm climates with lots of sunlight.

[1] http://heritagegarden.uic.edu/lavender-lavandula/

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Lemon Balm

Scientific Name: Melissia Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is part of the mint family. The plant is native to southern Europe and northern Africa [1], but can be found across the word in warm and temperate climates. Lemon Balm can grow up to 2 feet tall and produce oval or heart shaped leaves.

[1] https://fyi.uwex.edu/mastergardener/article/lemon-balm-melissa-officinalis/

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Scientific Name: Rosa

There are approximately 100 types of rose species, which come in variety of colors [1].Roses can grow from anywhere between 0.5 inches to 7 inches. The majority of rose species originate from Asia, with a few others originating from North America and Europe. Fewer than 10 roses native to Asia were involved in crossbreeding that yielded many of today's roses.

[1] https://www.britannica.com/plant/rose-plant

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Scientific Name: Achillea Millefolium

The Common Yarrow was imported from Europe into North America [1]. Yarrow can grow between 10 to 30 inches in height. It is able to adapt to various environments because of its drought tolerant properties.

[1] http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=34

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