Common name   alisanders, horse parsley, smyrnium
Botanical name   Smyrnium olusatrum
Details   With a taste live celery or parsley, this easy care plant can be eaten raw or cooked. I have grown this plant with good results in areas infested with twitch / cooch grass. The plants self seed and grow again the following season, replacing the grass.
Tags     annual  edible 
Price   $1.90  20 seeds
Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) is a plant that has historical significance and various uses. It is an herbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Western Europe. Here are some of its qualities and uses:
  1. Culinary Uses: Alexanders has a long history of being used as a culinary herb and vegetable. The young shoots, leaves, and stems are edible and have a flavour similar to celery or parsley with a hint of anise. They can be used in salads, soups, stews, or cooked as a side dish.
  2. Medicinal Properties: In traditional medicine, Alexanders has been used for various medicinal purposes. It was believed to have diuretic, antispasmodic, and digestive properties. However, its medicinal uses are not as common in modern times, and it's essential to exercise caution and consult a healthcare professional before using any plant for medicinal purposes.
  3. Historical Importance: Alexanders holds historical significance as it was once an important vegetable in ancient Roman and Greek cuisines. It is believed that the Romans introduced this plant to various parts of Europe during their conquests.
  4. Pollinator Attraction: The plant produces small, yellow-green flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. As a result, it can contribute to the biodiversity and ecological balance of an area.
  5. Ornamental Value: Alexanders can also be grown for its ornamental value. Its tall, sturdy stems, and attractive, glossy foliage can add visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
  6. Drought Tolerance: Alexanders is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for regions with limited water availability.
  7. Invasive Potential: While Alexanders can be a desirable addition to some gardens, it has been classified as an invasive species in certain regions, particularly outside its native range. Invasive species can out-compete native plants and negatively impact local ecosystems, so it's essential to check its invasive status in your area before planting.
Beneficial insects

Beneficial insects

Insects play an import role in the health of our gardens and the wider ecosystem. By creating a conducive environment we can encourage the tiny helpers to hang around. Insects prey on others, pollinate plants, are food for birds and generally add to the richness, complexity and diversity of a healthy ecosystem.