Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace

Parsleys, Fennels, and Queen Anne's Lace

Herbs and Ornamentals From the Umbel Family

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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.

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. It is for anyone interested in herbs, whether for their culinary value or as ornamentals.


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Lawton (publications manager, Missouri Botanical Garden) introduces plants, that if combined in a bouquet, would send decidedly mixed messages; sweet cicely and parsley have pleasant connotations, while Conium maculatum is the poison hemlock that killed Socrates. She describes umbels' place in herbal medicine as well as in the landscape, though Queen Anne's lace is designated as a weed. The book includes color plates, botanical drawings, US and Canadian resources, a glossary, and further reading. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780881928228
0881928224
Branch Call Number: 635.9338 LAWTO
Characteristics: 156 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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