plants that attract effective pollinators include some favorite culinary herbs: basil, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, lavender and obviously mint.
Most of the (effective) species are really from the family Lamiaceae, or mint family
," Discovery News quoted Pavel Kloucek, a scientist at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, as saying.
Purple basil (opal basil, or Ocimum basilicum purpurea), a member of the mint family
and native to India, has a flavor profile described as "heightened in intensity" in comparison with sweet basil.
The mint family
(Labiatae) can provide blooms from March to November, with 200 genera encompassing 3000 species.
It is in the mint family
(Lamiaceae), and was one of the many native American herbs used as a substitute for black tea following the Boston Tea Party.
There's also some foliage from the mint family
, which Usnick added for its fragrance.
Catnip, a member of the mint family
, has low toxicity, which means it should be safe for children who need short-term protection from mosquitoes, he said.
Hyssop is in the mint family
and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice.
This member of the mint family
spreads to form attractive clumps and is not invasive.
Be careful when planting it in your garden; catnip and other members of the mint family
are quite invasive and will spread.
Family Name (Latin and Common): Lamiaceae, the Mint family
Specific research at the University of Massachusetts is the regulation of an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant metabolite that is found abundantly in food-grade herbs from the mint family
Lamiaceae, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, spearmint and lavender.