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.

Yarrow (achillea millefolium)

By | November 23, 2018

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 »

Slender speedwell (veronica filiformis)

By | November 15, 2018

Slender speedwell (veronica filiformis) is a creeping perennial herb. It grows on lawns all over the UK. Slender speedwell has many common names, including creeping speedwell, threadstalk speedwell, birdseye speedwell, creeping veronica, whetzel weed and gypsy weed. The botanical name veronica filiformis originates from both Latin and Greek. Veronica comes from the woman canonised as Saint Veronica. She… Read More »

Greater plantain (plantago major)

By | November 15, 2018

Greater plantain (plantago major) is a very common weed in lawns and disturbed ground all over the UK. Plantago major has many common names. These include broad-leaved plantain, common plantain, rat-tail plantain, great waybrede and wibrow. Native americans also called it White Mans Foot and Englishmans foot. This is because it spread from puritan settlers villages along tracks and… Read More »