Tag Archives: Herbs

Herbs are plants with savoury or aromatic properties that are used for flavouring and garnishing food. They are also used in medicine, or as fragrances.

Culinary use typically distinguishes a herb from a spice. A herb refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant.

Lawn weeds as herbs

Many lawn weeds can be used in medicine and cooking. Some have been used for hundreds of years and their uses have been passed down over generations.

The most famous of these is the Dandelion, although a number of others can also be used. These blog posts are details of the plants found on lawns which have culinary uses.

Common chickweed (Stellaria media)

If you have your own garden, then there is a good chance you’ve seen common chickweed (stellaria media). It is a very common lawn weed in the UK. It produces a huge quantity of seeds throughout the year and can have the reputation as being something of a nuisance. It will root and grow everywhere and can be difficult to control in a lawn. Find out more about it here.

Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is a common plant in the UK. It is a broad-leaved weed and a true perennial herb. It is distinctive in shape and can grow on all but the most acid grasslands all over the UK. Ribwort plantain is a common roadside and hedgerow plant. Plantago lanceolata has many common names. These include English… Read More »

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a herbaceous, perennial herb. It grows in gardens all over the UK. In a lawn is can form a thick, spreading mat and become an invasive weed. It has many common names including ornamental yarrow, milfoil, devil’s nettle and thousand-leaf. It has also named soldier’s woundwort in reference to its medicinal effects. The botanical… Read More »