Biblical Plants Available from Richters
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Wendy Maurice
Posted on: March 31, 2000

I am not sure if I have the right address for this question but it was the first one I found after much searching. I am told you have a wide variety of biblical plants. Where can I find a listing of them to see what you do have?

James Duke’s book, "Herbs of the Bible" is an excellent resource and it is available from Richters. An older book is "Bible Plants for American Gardens" by Eleanor Anthony King which may be available at your library.

It is not always clear exactly what species is referred to in the Bible. Of course, the bible uses nomenclature that predates the modern botanical name system. In some cases the historical names used in the Bible no longer refer to the same plant they did in the past. Hyssop, for example, is mentioned in the Bible, but is unlikely to be the plant we call hyssop today (Hyssopus officinalis).

Herbs available from Richters that are either mentioned in the Bible or are referenced indirectly in some way include:

* Calamus, Sweet flag (Acorus calamus)

* Leek (Allium porrum)

* Garlic (Allium sativum)

* Dill (Anethum graveolens) (refered to as "anise")

* Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

* Tree Wormwood (Artemisia arborescens)

* Boxwood (Buxus semperiverens)

* Caperbush (Capparis spinosa) (referred to as "hyssop")

* Safflower (Cathamnus tinctorius)

* Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)

* Gum Bdellium (Commiphora africana)

* Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

* Saffron (Crocus sativus)

* Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

* Bedstraw (Galium verum)

* Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) (as "green bay")

* Henna (Lawsonia inermis) (as "camphire")

* Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

* Mint (Mentha spp.)

* Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

* Mulberry (Morus nigra)

* Black cumin (Nigella sativa)

* Date (Phoenix dactylifera) (referred to as "palm")

* Pine nut (Pinus pinea)

* Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

* Castor bean (Ricinus communis) (referred to as "gourd of Jonah")

* Dog rose (Rosa canina)

* Damask rose (Rosa damascena)

* Mustard (Brassica nigra)

* Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum)

* Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

* Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

* Sweet violet (Viola odorata) (as "flowers of the fields")

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