DIGITALIS LUTEA

DIGITALIS LUTEA

FAMILY :: SCROPHULARIACEAE
YELLOW FOXGLOVE: This is the major commercial source of the drug digitalis, a glycoside which acts to increase the output of heart muscle in congestive heart failure. It has light yellow to cream colored flowers on a plant somewhat smaller (3-5′ tall) than the common foxglove D. purpurea. Hardy perennial grown in full or part shade. Dormant in winter. Dangerous to use without knowledge or experience.

LIMNOPHILA AROMATICA

LIMNOPHILA AROMATICA

FAMILY :: SCROPHULARIACEAE
RAU NGÕ: A Southeast Asian culinary herb that tastes a bit like celery, but more spicy. Also the sap is used to wash wounds, treat fever, intoxication, and menstrual disorders. Loves very moist soil and warmth (any frost injures it) and grows easily on pond banks or in pots in part shade.

VERONICA OFFICINALIS

VERONICA OFFICINALIS

FAMILY :: SCROPHULARIACEAE
SPEEDWELL, GYPSYWEED: A very hardy groundcover with spikes of blue flowers. Used as a cure-all in the middle ages, especially by the Welsh. Expectorant, stomachic, vulnerary, alterative, diaphoretic, diurectic, &c. Used a substitute for tea, called thé d’ Europe.