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! 

Learn all about
Botany

Phytochemistry, ethnobotany, and more

Read Studies in
Mycology

History, ecology, cultivation, and uses

Browse dozens of
Recipes

Explore the culinary world

Keep up to date with the
Environment

Learn about the Earth and our ecosystem

Calathea zebrina in the foreground, and Calathea lancifolia spotted in the background with their own darker leaf-like patterning.

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.

HerbSpeak’s Origin
and Mission Statement

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.

Dracaena warneckii “Lemon Lime”

Most Recent Publication:

Do Carnivorous Plants Photosynthesize?

Do carnivorous plants photosynthesize like other plants, or do they get all their nutrients from their prey? After all, a lot of them are green, which means they contain chlorophyll, right? Learn the answer to this question in this article.

Types of Carnivorous Plants

Do you know how many carnivorous plants are known? You might be surprised by the answer! Read more to learn about the different types of carnivorous plants discovered in the world so far.

The Effects: 5.6 Billion Pounds of Pesticide Pollution

Pesticide and herbicide are commonly used in lawn and home care in the modern world. These chemicals are then spread to waterways as it rains, contaminating the water – and the changing climate is only making it worse. Learn what you can do about it.

What is Plant Blindness, and How Does it Affect You?

Plant blindness is a term coined years ago, yet the phenomenon continues to affect humans. Unfortunately, conservation efforts, research, and studies ultimately depend on each individual one of us fighting it.

Explore New Topics

There is so much on HerbSpeak for you to discover.

GARDENING

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. Discover the best in gardening in this section.

BOTANY

Explore the wild and colorful world around you through the deeper understanding provided by these botanical articles. Learn how your houseplants and wild plants alike move throughout the day, and the mechanisms that makes it possible for them to communicate with each other.

Discover science expirements, connect with flora on an intellectual level, and remember the joys of learning. These pieces dive further into the details about plants, helping foster a better understanding of this lifeform and how it interacts with the world. What will your next discovery be?  Find out by exploring topics in this section.

Facebook (@herbspeak)

Is your Facebook newsfeed planty enough? It could be better. Follow HerbSpeak on Facebook for updates to new articles, fun memes, and other social media posts right in your newsfeed. 

Instagram (@herb_speak)

Your Instagram feed could definitely use more plants. You’ll also get updates to new articles, fun memes, and other social media posts. Interact with the HerbSpeak community, save your favorites, and share posts with friends!

YouTube (HerbSpeak)

In front of the computer or on the go, you can watch eco-videos from HerbSpeak. These videos are meant to combine information, humor, and relevance together on one platform.

ENVIRONMENT

Are you searching for ways to reconnect with your environment, or better understand the changing climate? These articles are not only educational, but are also engaging, spread across a variety of environmental topics. Learn about global water usage, how to identify the bees in your garden, or why pesticides are harmful to an ecosystem’s balance. Explore several environmental topics below:

MICROGREENS

Microgreens are an up-and-coming nutritional 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 everything 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! Below, you can explore the latest Microgreens related in this area.

REVIEWS

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! Check out the most recent reviews and learn which choice is right for you.

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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