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Our Garden

The garden is organized by human body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal) and by condition (e.g., infectious disease, diabetes, cancer). The garden contains plants from which current medicines and treatments are derived as well as those used historically or in different cultures. There is also a section devoted to wellness (Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection), featuring plants recommended for their health benefits such as blueberries, cherries, green vegetables, and others.

For each group of plants, at least one related to a well-known medicine is on display in the garden. These include such medications as Taxol, derived from the Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia), or aspirin, originally derived from the bark of the white willow (Salix alba). Only plants or the medicines derived from them with strong clinical evidence for effectiveness are included. We collaborated with Dr. Leslie Shimp of the U-M College of Pharmacy and Dr. Sara Warber of the U-M Health System to develop a collection of plants that would meet this clinical standard.

Plants

Common name Scientific name Garden Areas
African Cherry Prunus africanum Men's health, Musculoskeletal
Aloe Aloe vera Dermatology, Gastrointestinal, Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden
Artichoke Cynara scolymus Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Avocado Persea americana Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus Medicinal Garden, Ophthalmology
Black Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Black Cohosh Actaea racemosa Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Blueberries Vaccinium corymbosum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Broccoli Brassica oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Butterbur Petasites hybridus Medicinal Garden, Neurological, Respiratory
Cabbage Brassica oleracea Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Cacao Theobroma cacao Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Calabar Bean Physostigma venenosum Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Cayenne Capsicum frutescens Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden, Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Respiratory
Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile Affective, Medicinal Garden
Chard Beta vulgaris subsp. Cicla Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Chasteberry Vitex agnus-castus Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Coca Erythroxylum coca Dental, Medicinal Garden
Coffee Coffea arabica Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Coleus Coleus forskohlii Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden, Ophthalmology, Respiratory
Cordyceps Cordyceps sinensis Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Corn Zea mays Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden
Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Devil’s Claw Harpagophytum procumbens Medicinal Garden, Musculoskeletal
Echinacea Echinacea purpurea Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Elderberry Sambucus nigra Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Ephedra Ephedra sinica Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Dermatology, Medicinal Garden, Musculoskeletal, Women's health
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Affective, Medicinal Garden
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum Diabetic/Metabolic, Medicinal Garden
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Flax Linum usitatissimum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Garlic Allium sativum Cancer, Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden
German Chamomile Matricaria recutita Affective, Dental, Gastrointestinal
Gingko Ginkgo biloba Affective, Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Ginseng Panax ginseng Affective, Diabetic/Metabolic, Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Hawthorn Crataegus Monogyna Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Hazelnut Corylus americana Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Honey Dental, Dermatology, Medicinal Garden
Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Iris (blue flag) Iris virginica Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Ivy Gourd Coccinia indica Diabetic/Metabolic, Medicinal Garden
Jimson Weed Datura stramonium Medicinal Garden, Ophthalmology
Kale Brassica oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden
Mandragora Mandragora officinarum Medicinal Garden, Ophthalmology
Mayapple Podophyllum hexandrum Dermatology, Medicinal Garden
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum Diabetic/Metabolic, Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Mullein Verbascum thapsus Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Nopal/Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia streptacantha Diabetic/Metabolic, Medicinal Garden, Men's health
Olive Olea europea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Opium Poppy Papaver somniferum Medicinal Garden, Musculoskeletal
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium Dermatology, Medicinal Garden
Pacific Yew Taxus brevifolia Cancer, Medicinal Garden
Passionflower Passiflora incarnata Affective, Medicinal Garden
Peanuts Arachis hypogaea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Peppermint Mentha piperita Affective, Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden
Periwinkle Catharanthus roseus Cancer, Medicinal Garden
Phytosterol plants Cardiovascular, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Phytosterol plants Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden, Men's health
Pilocarpus or Jaborandi Pilocarpus microphyllus Medicinal Garden, Ophthalmology
Policosanol: Sugar Cane Saccharum officinarum Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Psyllium Plantago ovata Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden
Queen of the Prairie Filipendula rubra Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Quinine Cinchona ledgeriana Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden
Rye Lolium multiflorum Medicinal Garden, Men's health
Saffron Crocus sativus Affective, Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Sarsparilla Aralia nudicaulis Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Schisandra Schisandra chinensis Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Senna Cassia senna Gastrointestinal, Medicinal Garden
Slippery Elm Ulmus rubra Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Sour Cherry Prunus cerasus Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Soy Glycine max Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Spinach Spinacia oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
St. Johnswort Hypericum perforatum Affective, Medicinal Garden, Women's health
Stevia Stevia rebaudiana Diabetic/Metabolic, Medicinal Garden
Sunflower Helianthus annuus Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Sweet clover Melilotus officinalis Cardiovascular, Medicinal Garden
Tea tree Oil Melaleuca alternifolia Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden
Tea, Green Camellia sinensis Cancer, Dental, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Tobacco Nicotiana tabacum Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Umckaloabo Pelargonium sidoides Infectious Disease, Medicinal Garden, Respiratory
Valerian Valeriana officinalis Affective, Medicinal Garden
Velvet Bean Mucuna pruriens Medicinal Garden, Neurological
Wahoo Euonymus atropurpurea Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Wheat Triticum aestivum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Medicinal Garden
Willow Salix alba Medicinal Garden, Musculoskeletal
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden
Wood Sage Teucrium scorodonia Introductory garden, Medicinal Garden

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