Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace: Herbs and Ornamentals from the Umbel Family

Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace: Herbs and Ornamentals from the Umbel Family

by Barbara Perry Lawton

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Overview

Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace is the gardener's introduction to the characteristics, cultivation, and history of one of the most distinctive families of the plant kingdom. These plants were well known to the Greeks and Romans—it was the juice of a member of the umbel family that Socrates was forced to drink—and the family was the first to be studied as such botanically, by Robert Morison in 1672. Yet even today the many herbs and ornamentals of this family are not as well known or appreciated as they should be. Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace is for anyone interested in herbs, whether for their culinary value or as ornamentals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881928228
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Barbara Perry Lawton served as editor and manager of publications for the Missouri Botanical Garden, president of the Garden Writers Association of America, and weekly garden columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her other Timber Press books include Hibiscus (2004) and Mints (2002). She lives in Valley Park, Missouri.

Table of Contents


Preface     9
Umbels in History and Lore     13
Medicinal and Poisonous Umbels     26
Edible Umbels     38
Ornamental Umbels     47
Umbels in the Wild     58
Pests and Diseases     75
Botany of Umbels     81
A Catalog of Umbels, from Aciphylla to Zizia     87
Finding Information and Plants     143
U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones     144
Glossary     145
Further Reading     149
Index of Plant Names     152

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