"Traditional Herbs for Winter Interest"

Grayish foliage

Sea Poppy
Glaucium flavum
Glaucium flavum
Native to the Mediterranean region, its ground-hugging leaves looked surprisingly healthy for January in Seattle. According to Hortus, the genus is characterized by orange sap but, abiding by the Garden's rules, I did not break a stalk to confirm this. Hortus also notes that said sap has been used in soaps and as "an illuminant"--whatever that means. (Section A)


Also of note (1/3/99): Teucrium marum (Cat Thyme -- Sections C & F) and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender, Section B) are two dependable clump formers that keep the eyes beguiled in winter. The Salvia (Sage, Section E), and Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender Cotton, Section A) were also looking good. Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon, Section E) had new shoots.

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