Field Wild Herbs
Colorful companions of great value
The Administration Office has been supporting the propagation and reintroduction of selected native wild herbs for several years. In horticultural cultivation, regional mother stocks of wild herbs are multiplied and the newly obtained seeds are reintroduced to selected grain fields in cooperation with agricultural enterprises. The aim is to promote the (re-)spread of native wild herbs.
Propagation of wild herbs in the Biosphere Region
Wild & Cultivated: The starting signal for the protection of field wild herbs
Wild herbs for agriculture
Blue field madder
The German name "Ackerröte" refers to its former use in the dyeing of red fabrics.
Large Venus's looking glass
The Venus’ looking glas has a white set off flower sap mark. Together with the three-divided branches, it resembles the symbol for women.
The broad-fruited cornsalad (furrowd lamb’s lettuce) is related to the common lamb's lettuce, which we appreciate in a salad.
Cornflowers are the most common companions of wheat, barley & Co, this is how they got their name.
Chamomile is one of the best known medicinal herbs. The cultivated form is grown on a large scale in Germany.
The name " larkspur " is explained by the shape of the flower, in which a hollow protuberance, a spur, is visible.
The German name Stiefmütterchen (little stepmother) derives from the arrangement of the petals. The center one represents the stepmother, the following two the daughters and the last two the stepdaughters.
The edible poppy seeds do not come from the red poppy, but from the related opium poppy.
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