Your Window to the Botanical World

HerbSpeak’s mission is to unravel the mystery of our botanical world by making plant knowledge accessible in everyday life. Whether you live next to the wild unknown, or if you are stuck in big city traffic, plants are a part of daily life. Everything you see on this blog is curated by one nature lover for other nature lovers.

Join author D. K. Hall on a plant journey by browsing your favorite topic.

Don’t see something that you’d like to? This website is community-driven, meaning everything you see here is curated with your input taken into consideration. You might be the reason for the next top article! 

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Learn About the Botanical World Around You

The HerbSpeak blog covers topics from how plants work, to how they shape our environment. Plants are always evolving, growing, and shaping the world around us, and these organisms never cease to amaze, dazzle, and frighten.

Learn about different varieties of plants, how to care for them, how basic plant functions work, and how to identify different plant families, even if you’ve never seen that particular plant before.

In the botanical world, learning never stops. There are up to 400,000 species of flowering plants alone, making it one of the most diverse species of life on the planet, and that doesn’t include ferns or mosses.

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HerbSpeak was founded by Destynnie K. Hall (author D. K. Hall) and based on a love of the botanical world.

HerbSpeak’s mission is to make plants more accessible in everyday life, no matter where you live. We are all a part of one ecosystem, contributing to the cycle of life in our own way. By understanding the vast botanical world, we can better understand our own choices and actions, and how it affects our ecosystem.

The journey to better understanding plants is a long and sometimes personal one. Let HerbSpeak help guide you and give you a voice in this budding community.

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How Avocados Thrived When They Should Have Gone Extinct

In this HerbSpeak article, we’re going to dive into the seedy truth of why exactly the humble avocado (Persea spp.) is still around, and why they didn’t die off with the animals that dispersed the seed. Animals are one of the most critical aspects of a plant’s life...

What Are Microgreens?

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(Top 20) Plants Safe for Cats and Dogs

Keeping houseplants is a hobby that is on the rise in recent years. The more time you spend at home, the more you want to fill your home with beautiful foliage. In fact, plants are great at helping reduce the stress we experience on a daily basis. But what do you do if you also have pets?

Why Plants Develop Variegation

Variegation in plants is highly sought after in the horticultural and houseplant community. These plants, with unusual colors in splotches across the leaves, are considered unique and often find their way into the houseplant community. But what causes variegation, and why do plants develop it in the first place?

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Gardening is good for the soul, and learning more about the different plants in your life is a valuable way to reconnect with nature.

Whether you are an indoor gardener exploring the world of houseplants or an outdoor gardener looking for some insight, you will find everything you need to know in this section. From plant profiles to nontoxic plants, urban farming, and much more.


Microgreens are an up-and-coming nutitional food source that comes from plants that have just been germinated but have not been allowed to grow true leaves yet. You will be surprised at the differences in nutrition, with some microgreens containing 20-40x the nutrition of adult plants when tested on certain micro and macro nutrients.

In this section, you will learn everyting you need to know about microgreens, from what they are to how to grow them. Thanks to your feedback, HerbSpeak is currently putting together a full course on how to grow microgreens, and it is continuously being shaped by your feedback. Have something to request or want to add your voice? Leave a comment in this section!


In this section, you’ll get an inside look into several different products, from gardening trays, to gardening gifts, bird feeders, and much more. This is a great way to look for a product related to gardening or nature. Have something to say about a product that has been reviewd? Add your voice in the comments – the more reviews, the better! 


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Popular Release:
How to Grow Ginseng

Enjoy more in-depth information about how to identify, grow, and harvest your own American ginseng crop in HerbSpeak’s new book: How to Grow Ginseng.

In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about growing ginseng – specifically American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius – and how to care for this wonderful plant from seed to harvest.

Beyond that, you’ll learn why such a small root has earned such an honorable reputation, and what you can do to help keep this plant in our lives no matter what your motivation for growing ginseng is.

Your journey into the world of ginseng starts here.

By D. K. Hall

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