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Herb Culture and Use



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Authored by Shawn Appling, Graduate Assistant, Horticulture, Virginia Tech, and Joyce Latimer, Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech

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Most botanists would define an herb as a plant that dies back to the ground each year without forming woody stem tissue. This definition limits the number of plants technically called herbs. Most gardeners include plants that have culinary, medicinal, aromatic, or ornamental uses. This definition would include lavender, rosemary, and bay, which form woody stems.

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Publication Date

October 11, 2019