A lovely group of Urban Herbies braved the weather today and joined me for a herb walk in the centre of Amsterdam. Writing my book has begun so the walk was able to help me to identify which of the Urban herbs I already know are also growing happily in the most pressured city centre habitats. We found lots of useful and tasty herbs. Here’s a brief summary of the plants we found and a few others which I found en route to the walk.
Fat hen (Chenopodium album) NL: Melganzenvoet
Hollyhocks NL: Stockroos
A tiny Rosebay Willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium) NL: Wilgenroosje.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) NL: Vogelmuur
Probably Russian Comfrey (Symphytum uplandicum) Smeerwortel
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Echte kamille This is the type used in commercial Chamomille tea.
Pellitory of the wall (Parietaria officinalis) NL: Groot Glaskruid. I found this on Kerkstraat before the walk. I am delighted to find this as it is hard to find elsewhere. Pennsylvania Pellitory grows abundantly in Amsterdam parks but this species is medicinally superior.
We found many other herbs including Valerian, Lime…