Herbs That Can’t Be Shipped to the United States
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Charlotte Weick
Posted on: February 12, 2002

Are there any herbs or plants in your catalog that may not be shipped to any areas in the United States? If so, is it stated in the catalog? Are there any plants that you sell that would be considered illegal to grow in the United States?

There are a few herbs that we can not ship to the United States. These are marked in our printed catalogue as "Not to US" or "Not to XX" where XX is the two letter state code. This information is not yet in the online edition of our catalogue, but we plan to add it later this year (2002).

These restrictions arise mainly from phytosanitary or weed control rules. These plants or seeds are restricted entry into the U.S. or the particular state, and in our efforts to cooperate with the U.S. authorities, we do not ship these plants to destinations in the restricted areas. Sometimes even the restrictions apply to only certain counties within a state.

The vast majority of our plants, seeds and dried herbs enter the United States without any problems, and they are legal to possess or grow. In fact, our plants are pre-approved for entry into the United States because we participate in a government inspection program that certifies that our plants are healthy according to U.S. government requirements.

Laws and regulations at the federal, state and local levels can affect what you can grow. We try to stay abreast of them as much as possible. We welcome any information that customers may have about local or state restrictions so that we can update our information.

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