Information resources


This section contains details of key Internet resources to enable you to find information about the uses of species listed on the Herbiseed website.


 - Plants for a Future have an extremely useful on-line resource for finding all sorts of information about thousands of herbs. Their website is at


Plants for a Future research and provide information on medicinal, edible and otherwise useful plants, and ecologically sustainable horticulture. About 1500 useful species are grown at their base in Cornwall. They have a database of information on the uses, characteristics and cultivation of over 7000 species.


 - The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew website ( includes a database of 33,000 references to the medicinal and industrial uses of plants.


Listed below are details of resources grouped under our four utility classes of herbs: Medicinal, Food & Flavour, Farm & Garden Care, and Natural Products.


Medicinal Herbs


 - The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy:


ESCOP represents national phytotherapy associations across Europe which aims to advance the scientific status of phytomedicines and to assist with the harmonisation of their regulatory status in Europe. ESCOP has produced a series of papers detailing the medicinal properties of 80 herbs. These are listed on their website.


- HerbMed:


HerbMed is the US Alternative Medicine Foundation’s interactive, electronic herbal database. It provides hyperlinked access to scientific data underlying the use of herbal medicines including human efficacy and safety data.


Wild Herbs for Food & Flavour


 - Plants for a Future:

The following webpage on the Plants for a Future website includes articles and lists of the edible parts and uses of hundreds of plants from around the world:


Farm & Garden Care Herbs


Information on the use of herbs (eg as companion plants, pest repellents, soil ameliorants etc.) to protect and nurture crops can be found in this selection of websites:


 - The Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA):


 - US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA):


 - The Society for Economic Botany:


Herbs and Crops for Natural Products


 - IENICA (Interactive European Network for Industrial Crops and their Applications):


IENICA is a project funded by the European Commission to provide a network linking independent organisations and initiatives which are involved in the development of renewable materials from crops throughout the EU and with links to N America.


The following page contains a database of information on potential new crops:


 - BioMatNet (Dissemination of results concerning the integrated production and exploitation of Biological Materials for non-food uses):


BioMatNet is an initiative to disseminate the knowledge accumulated from 800 projects on the non-food uses of crops funded by the European Commission.


The following page on this website contains links to pages which contain information on the uses of many individual species:


And of course, if you have a question about any aspect of herbs and other specialist plant production, please e-mail and we will be pleased to direct it to the appropriately qualified team member.