What herbs are best to grow in Iowa?

Question:

What herbs are best to grow in Iowa?

Answer:

There are dozens of different species and varieties of herbs that can be grown, but a few are particularly easy to grow in Iowa.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual started easily from seed each spring.

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is grown as an annual. The fresh leaves are known as cilantro and the seed is called coriander.

Dill (Anethum graveolens) is an annual famously used for pickles, but plants also serve as a food source for the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial often grown as an annual that comes in both curly and flat-leaved varieties.

Mint (Mentha spicataM. x piperita) is a spreading perennial that needs to be planted in a place where its spreading nature can be contained.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a clump-forming perennial with beautiful flowers and tasty leaves.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a low-growing spreading perennial perfect for the small spaces in the front of the garden.

regano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum) is a perennial that is both a beautiful addition to the garden and a wonderful flavoring in a Mexican or Italian dish. 

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  • Consumer Horticulture Extension
Last updated on
March 19, 2024