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Chinese Medicinal Herbs in a Down-Home Garden

Be inspired with one gardener’s journey from concerned consumer to successful producer of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs.



Worried about the quality of her Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs, Peg Schafer began growing them herself.
Illustration by Elara Tanguy
Add Gentiana scabra to your Traditional Chinese Medicinal garden for your health.
Photo by Peg Schafer
Add Agastache rugosa to your Traditional Chinese Medicinal garden for your health.
Photo by Peg Schafer
Add Crateagus pinnatifida to your Traditional Chinese Medicinal garden for your health.
Photo by Peg Schafer
Withania somnifera, an important herb in the ancient practice of Ayurveda in India, has crossed over into Western and Chinese herbalism.
Photo by Neha.Vindhya
The roots of Aster tataricus are used to treat coughs and is known as Zĭ wăn.
Photo by hanack
Scutellaria baicalensis has beautiful flowers, but it is the root, known as hu•ng quÌn, that is used medicinally.
Photo by Peg Schafer
Peg Schafer is a longtime herb grower and teacher in Northern California. She encourages you to try growing some Chinese herbs in your garden in order to help ensure the availability and integrity of these medicinal wonders.
Photo by Peg Schafer
The bulbs of beautiful Lilium lancifolium are medicinal, and are known as băi hé.
Photo by Peg Schafer











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