Herbal Flowers for Full Shade and Full Sun
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Monica Keen
Posted on: February 13, 2002

Can you suggest some flowering herbs for full sun and also for full shade.

Suggestions for herbs with pretty or cute flowers that tolerate full shade are:

Aconite, Sweet Cicely, Black Cohosh, Columbine, Wild Ginger, Jewelweed, Wild Leek, Lily of the Valley, Liverwort, Great Lobelia, Common Marjoram, Mayapple, Oxlip, Periwinkle, Sweet Goldenrod, Sweet Rocket, Rue, Solomon’s Seal, Sweet Violet, Sweet Woodruff.

Since most herbs require full sun, the choice here is much greater and I will just suggest the more showy ones:

Agastaches, Arnica, New England Aster, Balloon Flower, Beardtongue, Yellow Bedstraw, Bergamot, Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodflower, Borage, Broom, Viper’s Bugloss, Butterfly-Pea, Showy Calamint, Calendula, Faassen’s Catnip, Centaury, Chamomile, Wild Chicory, Profusion Chives, Clary, Meadow Clary, Clove Pink, Cockscomb, Codonopsis, Coltsfoot, Columbine(also for shade), Red Comfrey, Yellow Coneflower, Coreopsis, Cornflower, Cowslip, Crown Vetch, English Daisy, Ox-Eye Daisy, (!)Dandelion(pretty, even if invasive), Dragonhead, Dropwort, Echinacea, Edelweiss, Feverfew, Blue Flax, Foxglove, Gardenia, Gayfeather, Almond - Apricot-Brilliant- Clorinda-Ginger-Mrs Kingsley- Mrs Taylor-Scented Geraniums, Austrian Geraniums, Germander, Sweet Goldenrod(also for shade), Heartsease, Heliotrope, Henbane, Hollyhock, American Hydrangea, Hyssop, False Indigo, Wild Indigo, Jacob’s Ladder, Jewelweed(also for shade), Keniker, Laceflower, Larkspur, Lavender, Leopard Lily, Lily of the Valley(also for shade), Lion’s Ear, Lion’s Tail, Marigolds(not Mexican!), Great Lobelia, Red Lobelia(if damp), Musk Mallow, Maralroot, Golden Marguerite, Common Marjoram, Morning Glory, Mullein, Nasturtium, Natal Plum(shrub), Nigella, oxlip(if damp), Pansy, Pasque Flower, Passion Flower, Passion Fruit, Sweet Pink, Pleurosy Root, Poppies, Prince’s Feather, Pyrethrum, Roses(shrubs), Rampion, Rosemary(except seed-grown, Pine, Rex), Rehmannia, Sweet Rocket(also for shade), Saffron, Russian Sage, Sages(most), Sea Lavender, Baical Scullcap, Speedwells, Sunflower, Sweet William, Tansies, Thymes(most), Turtlehead(if moist), Blue Vervain(if moist), Wallflower, Yarrows, Yucca and the Everlastings.

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