At Mobile Botanical gardens their herb garden is a display of numerous plants that have many possibilities.

"We are trying to collect a lot of the useful plants things that are used in cooking, or dyeing, or other uses in the home."

Botanist Seth Allen says a simple garden with common herbs like basil and mint is an easy introduction for an amateur.

"They are really great way to start growing plants."

Native Herbs

When we think of herbs of course we think of basil, oregano, rosemary, but there is also a lot of native plants that have been used for generations and may be growing right in your backyard.

"One of them that is kind of interesting is yaupon and that’s what the native Americans used to make a tea from in their ceremonies and it’s called vomitoria because that tea would make you throw up," Allen said.

Don't worry, in moderation yaupon tea is said to be good for digestion.

Another native plant called false indigo, was used by Native Americans for a blue dye and to soothe toothaches.

Many Possibilities

"There are so many great plants that can be utilized for our uses that really don’t think about we just walk past them everyday."

Growing herbs is like having a natural store in your yard. You just need to do some research about what you want on the shelves.

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