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 Destynnie (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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Radish Avocado Toast

Radish Avocado Toast This simple, easy breakfast dish is great for a morning boost of energy. Full of earthy, heart-healthy flavors, this pairs perfectly with poached or hard-boiled eggs as well. For a lower sodium version, omit the salt. Additional toppings that pair...

Radish Microgreens English Tea Sandwiches

  Radish Microgreens English Tea Sandwiches This recipe is a refreshingly creamy and earthy sandwich that can be paired with any beverage for a nice afternoon pick-me-up. Serve at a party for a refreshing-yet-filling finger food, or treat yourself at lunchtime...

The Threat to Our Birds in 2020

Chances are, while you are in lockdown, you’ve popped up a bird feeder, or you’ve taken to birdwatching, even if it’s off-and-on from your new home office window. You might have even found yourself asking “have these brightly-colored birds always been here?” They...

Symbolism and Uses of Crysanthemums

What is a Chrysanthemum? The chrysanthemum is a popular gardening flower all over the world, commonly referred to as chrysanths or mums. It is an herbaceous perennial with alternate leaves divided into leaflets. These leaflets are typically toothed; occasionally,...

How to Make Bitters

Have you ever seen herbal bitters sitting on the shelf at your local health food store? Surely there’s a reason why so many drink recipe call for herbal bitters – but what are they? Do they really change the taste that much? Are bitters - well - bitter?   There...

Ginseng Companion Plants

Ginseng has many “companion plants” that like to grow in similar conditions. These plants may be a sign of a nearby ginseng population, or as a sign of ideal site selection for cultivation. While solely looking for companion plants is not a foolproof way to find a...

Where Does Ginseng Grow?

Wild Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, is native to the deciduous forests of the United States from the Midwest to Maine, and further north into eastern Canada. The most popular habitat where wild ginseng is found is through the Appalachian and the Ozark. Just be sure you...

How to Identify Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

How Do You Identify Wild Ginseng? You can identify wild ginseng by following the information laid out in the article below. It is important to be able sift through your own natural underbrush to identify the ginseng crop you are cultivating, so let’s learn a bit about...

Theobroma cacao – The Plants of the Amazon

Read the transcript below:Welcome to today’s episode of Plants of the Amazon! As the largest tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforest has unparalleled biodiversity. One in ten species in the world lives in this rainforest, making it a habitat for...

Hevea Brasiliensis – The Plants of the Amazon

Read the transcript below:Welcome to the show! In this podcast, we air episodes within a series so you can jump around and skip to what you are interested in. In this series, we're going to be covering several plants from the Amazon. The news recently broke that the...

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. 

Featured in the photo is the broad-leafed Calathea zebrina, and behind it, with the leaves that have their own leaf-pattern, Calathea lancifolia.

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.

Featured in the photo is Dracaena warneckii “Lemon Lime”

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