Herbs for Zone 10
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Dr Michelle Prettyman
Posted on: February 20, 2002

I live in Southwest Florida in zone 10. I am taking an herbal course and would like to grow some of my own herbs. I am unsure which herbs would grow best in my climate. I have a few things that have been doing O.K. though they haven’t gone through the summer months yet. What herbs would you suggest for my climate to have a small, but versatile herb garden? I have lemongrass, rosemary, and lavender growing outside and doing fine. I have aztec sweetherb, fo-ti, catnip, and gotu kola growing happily as hanging plants by the lanai.

We give the range of zones each plant can grow in for all of our herbs in the catalogue and on our web-site under "News & Info" under the "Info Centre" heading we have a database that lists all of our herbs and one of the items described in the database is the zones in which the particular plant can be grown.

Going through the catalogue, a few of the herbs that grow in zone 10 are Firebird agastache, Heather Queen agastache,aloe vera, Chinese asparagus, bay laurel, black-eyed susan, boldo, bergamot, Spanish broom, burdock, showy calamint, variegated calamint, camphor tree, cardamon, cat thyme, chastetree, chickweed, chicory, Chinaberry, cotton, curry leaf, English daisy, ox-eye daisy, Mexican coriander, dandelion, date, dusty miller, licorice flag, Echinacea purpurea, Grecian foxglove, gardenia, eucalyptus, Austrian geranium, ginger, fennel, gotu kola, Greek mountain tea, griffonia, guava, gumplant, poison hemlock, honesty, horseradish, houseleek, scented geraniums, jambolan, jasmine, Chinese job’s tears, Joe-pye weed, jojoba, (kudzu), leopard lily, lespedeza, licorice (not Russian), lion’s tail, loveapple, Spanish lavender, madder, maikoa(not in zone 10a), manuka, marigolds, sweet marjoram, water mint, Hillary’s sweet mint, Jamaican mint, Roman mint, mugwort, myrtle, Natal plum, nepitella, stinging nettle, Mexican oregano, Cretan oregano, Greek oregano, Kalitero oregano, Italian oregano, microphylla oregano, Syrian oregano, Turkestan oregano, orris, osha, papaya (not zone 10a), passion flower and passion fruit, Brazilian pepper, pig’s ears, pine nut, dwarf pomegranate, prickly pear, rosemary, Chinese privet, Queen Anne’s lace, autumn sage, blue sage, Canary island sage, cardinal sage, fruit sage, grape-scented sage, Greek sage, honey melon sage, hummingbird sage, Mexican bush sage, pineapple sage, Peruvian sage, red sage, saltillo sage, tangerine sage, rupturewort, samphire, San Pedro cactus, green and Neapolitan santolina, saw palmetto, sea-onion, soapbark, tamarind, tephrosia (not in zone 10a), umckaloabo, vanilla grass, vap ca, anise verbena, lemon verbena, vetiver grass, vitex, cinnamon yam, standard yarrow, yellow yarrow, yerba buena, yerba mansa, yi-yi, yucca, zuta levana. Everlastings such as sandflower, garden statice, and the annual everlastings will do well in zone 10.

Many annuals especially such warmth lovers as basils and chile peppers should do well in zone 10.

Also red, fire ants big problem. Do you carry a product that I can use?

You could try putting a wide band of diatomaceous earth (Fossil Dust) around any burrows you find. It will have to be renewed after rains.

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