Daytime Meetings 10am
Evening Meetings 7pm
The Canterbury HERB Society Meet monthly at the Avice Hill Craft Centre
Craft Room, Avice Hill Craft Centre, 395 Memorial Avenue
Daytime Meetings are 10am-12pm on the 4th Thursday in even months
Evening Meetings are at 7pm on the 4th Thursday in odd months
The Library is open on the 2nd Thursday of every month 12 – 2pm and half an hour before each meeting
Display Garden: maintained by members – open to the public
Subscriptions to the Herb Society are $15 ( due February)
Visitors Welcome: $2 per meeting
More about Herbs
MIGNONETTE TREE – Lawsonia inermis
Many of us know henna as a colour long used in art, tattoos, hair dye, paints, textiles, silk, leather and rug dyes. But, have we thought about what it is? The Herb Society was privileged to have a guest speaker from Iran to tell us.
True, natural henna which we were shown, is a greenish powder made from the dried leaves and end twigs of the Henna/ Mignonette Tree/ Egyptian Privet, a tall shrub, the sole species of the genus Lawsonia. It is native in semi arid, hot areas of North Africa, West and Southern Asia and Northern Australia. The greenish brown leaves are longish and narrow. The flowers vary from white, pink, red, the seeds, small and brown. The shrub produces the most dye when grown between 35 & 45 C. It could only be grown, if obtainable, in a pot indoors here in Canterbury. read more
A member of the Asteraceae family, this plant has a variety of descriptive names around the world, eg Blow ball, Lion’s Tooth, Cankerwort, Priest’s Snout.
We pull out this perennial regarding it as a weed, but over many years it has proved to be a valuable herb. Read more
Five Season Herb Plectranthus (Coleus) ambionicus – family lamiaceae (mint)
A member of the well known, ornamental Coleus, widely grown as a decorative garden plant for its attractive variegated red leaves. Cream bordered
This plant is becoming popular and sought after. There have recently been several enquiries about it. There are two varieties now available in Christchurch, one has plain green leaves, the other is exactly the same but has leaves with an attractive cream border. Read more
Herbs for Pest & Disease Control
Try chives and/or garlic and banana skin much around roses.
Put a ring of garlic around fruit tree trunks and foxgloves as a growth stimulant.
Use garlic and nasturtiums as soil disinfectants. Read more
Frankincense is the aromatic resin used in incense and perfume obtained from five trees in the genus Boswellia. The Frankincense or Olibanum trees have a papery bark, sparse branches, paired leaves and white flowers with yellow or red centres.
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance” – Shakespeare, (Hamlet) This had to be the herb for the 50th Anniversary of the Canterbury Herb Society.
Native to the Mediterranean and Asia, the Latin name Rosmarinus translates as “dew of the sea” . Read more
Puarangi – Native Hibiscus Hibiscus trionum
Puarangi, a short lived perennial, was considered to be a native plant but more recently considered to be of African origin, possible brought here by the Maori. Here in the cool South Island it is better treated as an annual. Read more