The Herb Society of America's 'New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses' is a illustrated encyclopedia of herbs. With a new A-Z format for easy reference, it lists the culinary and medicinal properties of each herb alongside all the information you need to cultivate herbs in your own garden. In addition to every species familiar to gardeners, it also includes a number of rarely seen examples from remote corners of the globe. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed botanical description of the plant's genus and species, its growth habit, size, hardiness, and flowering period. Symbols show the plant's hardiness, the part of the plant that is used, and for what purpose. The traditional role of herbs in such varied cultures as Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American medicine is also explored.