Achillea millefolium


Bitter, astringent plant used internally for feverish colds & flu, indigestion, hypertension, menstrual problems, etc; externally, stops bleeding.

Rhizomatous hardy perennial, to 50cm. Any good, well-drained soil, sun. Propagate by division of rhizomes, or seed (needs light).


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Agrimonia eupatoria


Cooling, astringent plant used for digestive tonic, diarrhea, urinary infections, phlegm, to clear toxins; externally for wounds, skin inflammations, etc.Hardy perennial herb.

Attractive compound leaves, yellow flowers. Well-drained to dry soil, sun. Propagate by seed sown in spring, or division.


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Albizia julibrissin

Mimosa tree - He huan

Bark and flowers are used for insomnia & irritability, flowers for poor memory, bark (internally & externally) for injuries, skin conditions, lung abcesses.


Small, ornamental tree to 1m. Tolerant, prefers warmth, moisture and sun. Propagate by seed sown in spring (nick or hot water soak before sowing).


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Aloe vera


The common name Aloe Vera includes the species Aloe ferex and Aloe ferox, which are used interchangeably with Aloe Vera. Aloe barbadensis is the same species as Aloe Vera.

Familiar garden plant, 1m. Poor, light, well-drained soil, full sun. Propagate from individual pups direct plantedat any time of year, or by seed.


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Malva sylvestris

Common Mallow

Sothing, mucilaginous plant used for bronchitis, urinary tract infections, digestive problems; externally for injuries, skin inflammations, etc.


All parts edible. Erect, hardy perennial herb,80cm. Prefers moist to wet soil and sun. Propagate by seed or division of clumps, autumn or early spring.


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Arctium lappa

Burdock, - Niu bang (zi)

Root alterative and blood-cleansing, for skin conditions due to internal toxicity (eczema, psoriasis). Seeds dispel wind heat (colds, fever, sore throat).


Stout biennial to 2m (2nd yr). Prefers deep, rich, moist soil, sun or part shade. Direct sow in spring, spacing 15cm (for roots) to 60cm (for seeds). Edible plant.


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Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort, - Ai ye

Aromatic, bitter herb used for poor appetite & digestion, nerve tonic, female reproductive system (regulate menstruation, etc.), expels parasites.

Rhizomatous hardy perennial herb, 2m; may be dangerously invasive. Most soils, sun - part shade. Propagate by division or spring sown seed.


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Atroppa belladonna


Belladonna is one of the herbs that we seriously urge caution with as just about every part of the plant has some toxic effect. 


They love full sun, alkaline soil and regular watering but little else as far as care goes.


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Avena sativa


Nutritive, restorative, tonic herb/grain used especially for nervous system: depression, anxiety, etc. Also used externally for skin condittions and in cosmetics.


Annual grain crop, 1m. Good soil and sun. Direct sow in autumn (mild winter areas) or early spring, harvest in green (milky) seed stage.


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Calendula officinalis

Pot marigold

Petals have astringent, antiseptic & anti-inflammatory properties, used internally for liver & gynecological problems, externally for variety of skin problems and circulation.

Hardy annual, 60cm, showy orange/yellow flowers. For any good soil, prefers full sun. Direct sow early to late spring. Often self-sows.


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Image Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd's purse

Astringent, diuretic, antiseptic herb used especially to stop bleeding - internal (menstrual, post-partum) and external; also for cystitis.


Often self-sows. Winter annual , flowering to a rosette. Appreciates good soil, sun to part shade. Best sown direct, autumn to early spring. Self-sows.


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Centella asiatica

Gotu kola

Rejuvinative, tonic plant with diurectic, detoxifying and immune stimulating properties. Promotes healing, retards senility. Aids spiritual practices.


Tender, perennial herb, 30cm. Moist to wet soil , sun or light shade .Prpogates by runners. Frost-susceptible, but easily overwintered if protected.


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Image Chamaemelum nobile
Chamomile, Roman/ English

Aromatic bitter flower used mainly for digestive (poor appetite, dyspepsia, etc.) and sedative (insomnia, anxiety) properties; soothing children, etc.


Mat-forming , hardy perennial herb, 20cm. Prefers well-drained soil and sun. Propagate by division or seed, sown autumn-early spring.


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Chelidonium majus

Celandine poppy-Greater Celandine


Anti-inflammatory, cleansing, diuretic plant used internally for liver and gall bladder, etc; externally for variety of skin & eye problems, warts, tumors.


Sensative perennial herb,30cm, attractive. Prefers rich, moist soil, light shade. Propagate by seed sown in flat in spring, self sows.



Chenopodium ambrosioides

Wormseed, Epazote


Strongly aromatic herb with insecticidal properties, primarily used against intestinal worms. Cooked with beans to flavor and aid digestion.


Branching annual/perennial herb to1m Prefers poor soil and sun. Easy from seed in spring, may self-sow excessively if allowed to.


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Dioscorea villosa

Wild yam

Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic root used for menstrual & labor pain, colitis, gastritis, etc. Also for galll bladder complaints, asthma, arthritis.


Twining herbaceous perennial vine, 5m. Woodland herb, prefers good soil, part shade. Sow arial in winter - early spring.


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Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower

Antibiotic and antiviral plant used especially for immune system stimulation (for colds and flu, also most infections and inflammations).

Showy, hardy perennial herb, 1m. Prefers rich moist soil and sun-light shade.

Propagate by division or seed sown in early spring.


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Eschscholzia californica
California poppy
>Sedative, anti-spasmodic plant with pain relieving properties. For nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. Helps calm overexcited, sleepless children.

Ornamental annual herb to 60cm. Prefers good garden soil and full sun. Best sown direct - dislikes transplanting - in early spring. Self seeds freely.


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Image Eupatorium perfoliatum


Bitter plant used for colds, influenza, bronchitis, etc. Promotes sweating to lower fever, stimulates immune system, expectorant and antispasmodic.


Upright hardy perennial herb to1m, attractive. Rich moist soil and sun. Propagate by division or seed - sow on surface of flat in spring, keep moist but not wet.


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Image Filipendula ulmaria



Aromatic astringent plant with antacid and pain relieving properties. Used for hyperacidity & heartburn, gastritis, ulcers; also rheumatism and flu.


Attractive hardy perennial herb to 40cm, bushy . Prefers damp rich soil and light shade. Divide, or sow in flat in spring, do not cover , keep moist.


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Foeniculum vulgare



Aromatic plant with antispasmodic properties. Seeds promotes digestion and lactation, root used for urinary problems. Relieves colic and griping cramps.



Hardy perennial plant, 1m, feathery leaves & yellow flowers. Tolerates most soils, sun. Sow direct in spring.


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Geranium robertianum

Herb Robert


Astringent, antiseptic plant used for diarrhea (children, elderly),ulcers, colitis, internal bleeding, excessive menstruation. Externally for hemorrhoids.


Attractive hardy annuall herb/wildflower, 40cm.Prefers mulch, moist soil, part shade, Best sown outdoors in autumn.


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Inula helenium



Bitter tonic root with alterative, expectorant, antibacterial, immune stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties. Primarily for cough, lung problems.

Hardy perennial herb, to 2m, ornamental. Rich, moist, well -drained soil and sun-light shade. Sow in flat in spring, covering shallowly.


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Hyssopus officinalis



Bitter, tonic plant primarily used as a sedative & expectorant for colds, flu, bronchitis. Promotes sweating to lower fever, antiviral, aids digestive system.


Hardy perennial subshrub to 60cm, attractive. Well-drained to dry, neutral to alkaline soil, full sun. Propagate by spring sown seed.


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Ginkgo biloba



Bittersweet, astringent plant, leaves relax blood vessels and promote circulation to brain and extremities; seeds used for asthma, coughs, incontinence.


Hardy deciduous tree, Huge. Adaptable, prefers moist soil & sun. Sow recent seed in spring, grow in container for 1 or 2 years before setting out.



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Image Lavendula angustofolia



Fragrant, aromatic, tonic flowers with antispasmodic, antidepressant, circulatory stimulant properties. Used for anxiety, tension headaches, indigestion.


Hardy perennial subshrub to 30cm.
Well-drained, neutral soil, full sun. Propagate by cuttings, or seed sown in flats, early spring (cold aids germination)


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Lycopus Virginicus




Bitter plant, mild sedative, astringent. Used for excessive menstruation, rapid pulse, chronic lung problemsand, especially, overactive thyroid.


Hardy perennial herb, 20cm. Prefers good, moist to wet soil, part shade.




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Marrubium vulgare



Bitter, aromatic plant, with expectorant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Used primarily for lungs: coughs, bronchitis, etc.


Hardy perennial plant, 60cm, bushy. Well-drained to dry soil, full sun.

Propagate by division, or by seed sown direct or in flat in spring. Spacing 12"


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Melissa officinalis

Lemon balm


Aromatic plant with sedative, cooling and antibiotic properties. Used for nervous disorders & associated indigestion (adults & children), hyperthyroid.


Hardy perennial herb, 70cm. Prefers rich, moist soil, sun-light shade. Propagate by division, or seed sown autumn-early spring (cold aids germination).


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Mentha x piperita



Aromatic plant with stimulant, antispasmodic and antiseptic properties. Used for digestive disorders, colds & flu, nervous headaches; also externally.


Stoloniferous hardy perennial herb, 60cm. Rich, damp soil, sun-part shade. Propagate from stolons, autumn or spring; or by seed in spring.




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Nepeta cataria



Bitter astringent plant with sedative properties. Promotes sweating - lowers fever (colds & flu). Also infant colic & diarrhea, irritability.



Hardy perennial plant, 70cm, bushy. Tolerant, prefers sun to light shade & well-drained to dry soil. Propagate by seed (easy, self-sows), or division.


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Ocimum basilicum



Warming, aromatic, restorative plant. Lowers fever (colds, flu ), relaxes spasms, improves digestion. For gastrointestinal complaints, headache.


Tender annual , 80cm. Good garden soil (moist, well drained), full sun. Easily propagated from seed sown in warm soil - direct or transplant.


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Origanum vulgare



Pungent, aromatic, warming plant - antispasmodic, antiseptic. For colds & flu, stomach upset, cough. Stimulates uterus: for painful menstruation.



Hardy perennial herb,60cm. Prefers well-drained, neutral soil and full sun. Propagate by division of clumps, cuttings or seed sown in warm soil.


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Passiflora incarnata

Passion flower


Bitter, cooling plant with sedative pain-relieving antispasmodic properties. Used for anxiety, nervous & premenstrual tension, insomnia, etc.


Hardy perennial woody vine to 6m, suckering , ornamental. Prefers sandy soil, sun. Propagate by division, cuttings or seed (heat improves germination)


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Perilla frutescens

Perilla, shiso, zi su


Both leaves & fruit (seeds) are used to regulate vital energy. Leaves for colds with chill, headache, mastitis; Fruit for cough, asthma, constipation.


Tender upright annual, 80cm.Frost tolerant, prefers moist rich soil, sun-light shade. Direct sow in warm soil; will self-sow.


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Petroselinum crispum



Bitter, aromatic plant which is diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, emmmenagogue. For cystitis, prostratitis, indigestion, menstrual problems.


Hardy biennial,60cm. Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil and sun for most of the day. Sow in spring, direct or in flat; slow to germinate.


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Phytolacca americana


Bitter, pungent plant , alterative & anti-inflammatory, stimulates immune & lymph systems, clears toxins. For swollen glands, rheumatism, arthritis.


Stout perennial herb to 3m attractive. Rich soil, sun or light shade. Propagate by seed sown in spring; self-sows and potentially weedy. Do not overwater.


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Pimpinella anisum


Sweet, warming plant with stimulant & expectorant properties. Improves digestion, promotes lactation. For coughs, colds, colic, flatulence, etc.


Slender annual,60cm. Prefers well-drained to sandy, neutral to alkaline soil and sun. Needs heat to ripen seeds. Direct sow in warm soil.


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Rosmarinus officinalis 


Aromatic herb with restorative, antispasmodic and pain relieving properties. For depression, migraine, poor circulation, nervous indigestion, memory.


Tender evergreen shrub, 1m. Well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, full sun. Propagate by cuttings, or seed (sow in flat in warm soil). Will not take in boggy soil.


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Salvia miltiorrhiza

Sage (Red Root)

Decoction of the root is generally used to treat irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, and abdominal pain caused by stagnant blood.


Hardy perennial shrub, 60cm'. Prefers well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, full sun. Propagate by cuttings or seed sown in Autumn.


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Salvia officinalis


Astringent herb: antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Suppresses perspiration and lactation. Indigestion, depression, anxiety, menopause.


Hardy perennial shrub, 60cm'. Prefers well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, full sun. Propagate by cuttings or seed sown in spring (cold aids germination).


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Sambucus nigra


Leaves, bark, flowers &fruit used. Treat colds & flu, fever, constipation, rheumatism, arthritis. Externally for injuries & inflammation, mouth, eyes.


Hardy, suckering shrub/small tree to 3m. Rich, moist soil, sun to part shade. Propagate by division or seed (spring sown in compost-rich soil).


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Silybum marianum

St Mary's thistle

Bitter, tonic, diuretic seed which regenerates liver and aids digestion. Used for liver & gallbladder (cirrhosis, hepatitis), appetite stimulant.


Hardy annual or biennial (winter annual) to1.5m, ornamental, very prickly. Rich, well-drained soil, sun. Direct sow, autumn or early spring. Collect seed quickly after maturity. Wait, and it's gone.


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Symphytum officinale


Mucilaginous, cooling plant: expectorant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing & healing. Used externaly for fractures, skin problems, etc.


Hardy perennial herb, 1m, multi-stalked. Rich, moist soil, sun to light shade. Propagate by division or root cuttings. Difficult to remove once established.



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Tanacetum parthenium



Bitter, cooling, tonic herb which relieves pain and lowers fever, anti-spasmodic. Used for headaches (esp. migraine), rheumatism & arthritis, menstrual.


Hardy, short-lived perennial herb, 50cm. Well-drained to dry soil, sun to part shade. Propagate by seed sown (on surface) in spring, or division. Self-sows.



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Tussilago farfara


Soothing, bittersweet herb is expectorant, antispasmodic & anti-inflammatory. Primarily for cough and lung conditions; also in herbal smoking mixtures.


Stoloniferous, hardy perennial herb to 15cm. Prefers rich, moist to wet soil and sun. Propagate by fresh seed sown on surface in spring, or division.



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Urtica dioica


Astringent plant is tonic, nutritive, diuretic. Controls bleeding (uterine, menstrual), also for skin complaints (eczema), arthritis, anemia, etc.


Hardy perennial herb, 1m, spreading by roots. Prefers rich (humus, nitrogen), moist soil, sun to part shade. Propagate by division or seed.


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Valeriana officinalis


Bittersweet root is sedative, anispasmodic, aids digestion and relieves pain. For insomnia, anxiety, nervous disorders including nervous indigestion, etc.


Hardy perennial herb, 1m, attractive, fragrant. Prefers rich moist soil, sun or light shade. Propagate by seed sown in flat in spring, or division


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Verbascum thapsus


Bitter, mucilaginous plant is expectorant, promotes healing. Primarily for cough & lung problems; also externally (sores, earache) and in smoking mixtures.


Stout, upright, hardy biennial to 2m, ornamental. Tolerant, prefers fertile, well-drained soil and sun. Propagate by seed sown in spring - will self-sow. Do not overwater.


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Viola tricolor

Heart's ease

Cooling, bittersweet herb is anti-inflammatory, expectorant, promotes healing. Uses include cough, rheumatism, fevers, skin conditions (eczema), etc.


Hardy annual / short-lived perennial herb, 20cm, attractive. Moist, well-drained soil, sun-part shade; likes cool. Propagate by seed (autumn-spring); self-sows.


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Withania somnifera


Warming, bittersweet root is tonic and sedative. Primary rejuvenative in Ayurvedic medicine: used for aging, debility, convalescence, insomnia,infertlity, etc


Tender, evergreen shrub to 1m, often grown as annual. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil, sun. Sow seed in spring and set out when soil has warmed.




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The meaning of Organic

The Trade Practices Act 1974 helps to ensure that products being sold as 'organic' are in fact organic. Severe penalties can apply for selling non-organic produce as organic.
Generally, when we see something marked as Organic we naturally expect that it is reasonably 'pesticide free' which is often the main concern. Organic, unfortunately does not mean that the produce is any better than non-organic. From our experience, Certifying bodies ensure, by a process of strict bookkeeping, that pesticides and herbicides are not used on their members farms. There does not seem to be any attempt at ensuring that the farmers are actually any good at what they do or that the quality of their produce is of a standard that justifies the increased price tag.


What is Biodynamic?

BioDynamics is not a replacement for religion or dogma of any kind, and it does not require your faith or belief to work.
It sprang from some enlightened research into the almanac's of European farmers at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Decades before the term 'Permaculture' was coined there was a recognition that we simply had to get to know the earth better and work with the seasons and the 'instinct' that is inerrant in nature, to better serve our own needs.
I have no desire to argue, debate or philosophize regarding the principles of bio dynamics, because it is sufficient to me that it actually works.

All information is not Equal

We often receive emails from gardeners who are unsure of the meanings of many terms
often used in marketing literature. Terms like 'Organic' are very irresponsibly used when selling products.
As always, buyers must be aware of the claims.


Home Vegetables

Home grown vegetables DO taste better. Apart from the fact that you know exactly what the plants were exposed to during their life, there is also the sweetness of the success of growing them. Saving the seed for next year is just a bonus.


Home Herbs

Most herbs, especially the culinary herbs, will either establish themselves as perennial or happily self sow to ensure next seasons crops. Given their 'spot' in your garden is all they need. Some herbs are best used fresh but some require drying.


Home Fruit

Every gardener wants to go out into the garden and graze on the fruits of their labour. When deciding what fruit to grow it is often best to look at your climate and geography first. Set yourself up for success.


Year after Year

Saving your own seed from last seasons crops is always the best way to maintain quality. Remember to only choose the best plants to allow to fully mature to produce the most reliable seed for next year. They do get a bit ugly but it's worth it.


The meaning of Heirloom Seeds

As the actual meaning of the term 'heirloom' as applied to seeds is hotly debated we have built our collection based on the European standard of excluding any variety that was not in existence before World War II.
All seed on any of our sites has been grown and harvested by us, in our gardens.
In that sense, they are truly 'Heirloom' as we actually grew the plants that produced the seed, and the parent plants etc,etc.
Almost all varieties of herb have been left to their own devices and are, therefore, 'heirloom' by accident.
The term is usually applied to fruit and vegetables, to isolate the varieties that are genetically stable, and will reproduce themselves truly from their own seed.
Some vegetables are actually 'heirloom' but because of their indiscriminate pollinating behaviour, may not reproduce true to type. The best examples are the Pumpkin and Tomato families.
There is a trend today within agricultural circles to breed vegetables that are unable to easily produce viable seed, or actually produce no seed at all. This ensures that their product is required year after year and that the market is a little more stable for them in the future.
The best way to ensure that your variety stays heirloom is to save your own seed each season. Easy!
There is a false assumption that somehow, heirloom varieties are tougher than the newer varieties, but this is not necessarily so.
Some new varieties have had extra toughness built into them but it is yet to be seen if they will be able to pass that quality on to extensive generations.
The best way to find out what variety is best for your specific garden is to try each and then remember.
Beautanicals websites are continually updating and we are adding to our seed lists almost weekly.

How to Contact us

As we are actually physically growing the seeds that we sell it is rarely convenient for us to answer the telephone or the door so email contact is the most convenient for us and reliable for you.