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Hortus Medicus: The Medicinal Herb Garden
Originator and Designer, Shirley MacIver, MD

Though all of the MMS gardens share the two themes of nature and medical history and tradition, Hortus Medicus is considered the signature garden. Every medieval European university that had a medical school had a medicinal plant garden tended by medical students. Using the academic lingua franca of that time, these gardens were called Hortus medicus, Latin for the medicinal garden.

The MMS Hortus Medicus features plants with known medicinal values as well as those that do not have or have not yet been scientifially proven to have medicinal value. There are more than sixty varieties of plants growing in Hortus Medicus and many more scattered throughout the MMS gardens.

List of Medicinal Plants

Achillea millefolium
Yarrow
Alchemilla vulgaris
Lady's Mantle
Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Allium sativum
Garlic
Allium Schoenoprasum, Chives
Allium tuberosum

Garlic Chives 
Althea officinalis
True Marshmallow
Anethum graveolens 'Fernleaf'
Dill
Anthemis nobilis
Roman Chamomile
Aquilegia canadensis
Columbine
Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Weed
Artemisia vulgaris
Mugwort
Borago officinalis
Borage
Calamintha ascendens
Mountain Balm
Calendula officinalis
Pot Marigold
Chamomilla recutita
German Chamomile
Chrysanthemum parthenium
Feverfew
Colchicum autumnale
Autumn Crocus
Convollaria majalis
Lily-of-the-valley
Digitalis ambigua
Perennial Foxglove
Digitalis lanata
Grecian Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea
Foxglove
Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower
Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel
Hepatica acutiloba
Sharp Lobed Hepatica
Helichrysum italicum
Immortelle or Curry Plant
Hypericum perforatum
St. John's Wort
Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssop
Inula helenium
Elecampane
Lavendula officinalis
Lavender
Levisticum officinale
Lovage
Liatris spicata
Gayfeather
Malva sylvestris
Common Mallow
Marrubium vulgare
Horehound
Melissa officinalis
Lemon Balm
Mentha piperita
Peppermint
Monarda didyma
Bee Balm
  Nepeta cataria
Catnip
Ocimum basilicum
Sweet Basil
Oenothera biennis
Evening Primrose
Paeonia officinalis 'Alba Plena'
Peony
Paeonia officinalis 'Mollis'
Peony
Papaver rhoeus
Corn Poppy
Papaver somniferum
Poppy
Polemonium reptans
Jacob's Ladder
Pulmonaria officinalis
Lungwort
Rosa gallica officinalis Apothecary Rose Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary
Ricinus cummunis 'rubra'
Castor Bean Plant
Ruta graveolens
Rue
   
Salvia officinalis
Sage
Salvia sclarea
Clary Sage
Sanguisorba officinalis
Salad Burnet
Sedum purpureum
Live-forever
Sempervivum tectorum
Hen-and-chicks
Solidago canadensis
Goldenrod
Stachys byzantina
Lamb's Ears
Stachys officinalis
Betony
Symphytum officinale
Comfrey
Tanacetum vulgare
Tansy
Thymus vulgaris
Thyme
 
Tropaelum majus
Nasturtium
Vaccinium augustifolium
Lowbush blueberry
Valeriana officinalis
Garden Heliotrope
Verbascum thapsus
Mullein
Veronica officinalis
Speedwell
Viola tricolor
Johnny-jump-up
Zingiber officinale
Ginger