April is fantastic—the garden is in its full youthful splendor again! This month we will plant a few new plant species that we’ve never cultivated before, including ginseng, Cardiospermum halicacabum (balloon vine), Mesembryanthemum crystallinum (common iceplant), Alchemilla (lady’s mantle). They are all beautiful and important for our plant-based prescription medicines.
We harvest Primula veris (cowslip, pictured right) this month. We use an extract from this plant in our Cordiodoron Tablets, which supports heart health. It’s a very nice but laborious plant for us. It’s very small and we have to stoop down for many hours to harvest it. But the honey-like smell is lovely and provides a nice reward. We harvest up to 250 kg of its tiny and delicate flowers.
Adonis vernalis (pheasant’s eye, pictured right) is another plant we harvest this time of year. It’s used in our prescription medicines. It looks like a little, lovely sun, with its big flower and fine green leaves. It’s very rare to find this plant growing in its natural habitat, and so it’s protected in the wild in Germany. It’s also very difficult to cultivate it as it takes a long time for the flower to develop properly in the field. We harvest its flowers and the complete upper part.
Pulsatilla vulgaris (pasque flower, pictured right) is a very friendly plant that grows in all times of the year, but of course the flower, which appears this month, is the most beautiful part. This is a plant that is used in many of our prescription medicines. We harvest the whole thing, including the roots.
This month, I’m also starting a small research project with the plant Viola tricolor (pansy, pictured left). It’s a very delicate and sensitive plant that we use in Skin Food. We want to test the growth and development of various species of this plant. It’s one of my favorite plants because its flower is beautiful yet modest. It’s easy to miss when everything else is flowering, but it shouldn’t be overlooked!