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About Us

Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. The website has a database of over 7000 edible and medicinal plants that you can grow in your garden. Plants are rated for their usefulness.



The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely 'woodland gardening'. We aim to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity.


Please read our important disclaimer, below. Use of this website implies your understanding and acceptance of the disclaimer.

About Plants

Just twenty plants provide the majority of food eaten, yet there are thousands of other useful plants which have not reached mainstream attention. You can find details of many of them here.

 

 

Plant Database

You can search our database of 7300 edible medicinal and useful plants. If you want to use the database at home without using the internet then you can download a copy or get it on CD-ROM for a small donation to the project.

Search for name:

(common or botanical name or family, can use a fragment of a name if unsure of spelling)

Search for keyword:

(Plant uses and habitats. Full list of keywords.)

Latin Names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Common Names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

 

About Gardening

We advocate a style of gardening mimicking a natural woodland system using perennial plants and following vegan organic and ecological principals


 


General disclaimer

To the best of our knowledge all the information contained herein is accurate and true.

However we cannot guarantee that everyone will react positively to all edible plants or other plant uses.

It is commonly known that many people suffer allergic reactions to conventional foods and products. Even amongst the more commonly eaten fruits, for example, there are plenty of instances where people react badly to them:

  • Many people are allergic to strawberries and will come out in a rash if they eat them.
  • Some people develop a rash if they touch the stems of parsnips.
  • Potatoes become poisonous if they turn green.
  • Eating large quantities of cabbage can adversely affect the thyroid gland.

In general, we believe that the overall health of people will be greatly improved by bringing more diversity into their diet and through using more natural products.

We strongly recommend the following preventative precautions when trying anything new:

  • Make sure you have identified the plant correctly
  • Try a small taste of anything new in your diet. If there are no side effects increase the quantity at the next meal.
  • When trying new soaps or skin applications try them on a very small area before proceeding to larger areas of the body. Look for any uncomfortable reactions or changes and if there is do not proceed with further application.

No liability exists against Plants for a Future or any member of Plants for a Future, nor can they be held responsible for any allergy, illness or injurious effect that any person or animal may suffer as a result of information in this catalogue or through using any of the plants mentioned by Plants for a Future.





 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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