Cistanche is a genus of plants of Orobanchaceae Vent family, of the order Tubiflorae, growing in semi-deserts and steppes. There are 27 species in the genus. Almost all species have an important chemical composition and are used for medicinal purposes. The plant parasitizes on many species of Chenopodiaceae family.
Scutellaria is distributed in nature near Lake Baikal, in Eastern Siberia, the Far East, Japan, China, Mongolia and Manchuria. It usually grows on sandy soils, rocky mountain slopes, prefers to grow in the steppes, sometimes can be found along the water shores. Do not confuse Scutellaria Baicalensis with Scutellaria Vulgaris.
Akebia Quinata is a climbing vine, which in height is able to reach up to 3 meters. The annual branches are finely grooved, smooth, shiny, pale purple in color. Leaves are long-leaved, dark green above and much lighter below. Flowers on thin pedicels exude a pleasant aroma and are of beautiful purplish brown color.
Naturally, Boldo grows in the central regions of Chile and Argentina, as well as in South America and North Africa. This plant is cultivated in Chile, Peru, in the Mediterranean countries. Boldo prefers rather dry habitats. Collection of its leathery leaves with short petioles is carried out throughout the year.
Rue is a perennial herb with a pronounced smell. It has a very firm stem and can reach a height of seventy centimeters. The plant has very interesting leaves- if to shine them through, it seems that they are all dotted with small holes. These points are glands with essential oil.
Ajwain is an annual herbaceous plant with a spindle-shaped, well-defined main root. The stem is up straight, furrowed, and highly branched from the base. The plant has grayish-brown seeds with longitudinal stripes. The plant reaches a height of 30-95 cm. Small white or lilac flowers are collected in umbrellas, which eventually turn into small oval seeds.
Poke is giant perennial grass, can reach a height up to 3 m, with many-headed rhizome, thick, juicy, mostly reddish stems and large brushes of whitish or greenish flowers. The leaves are ovoid, usually glabrous, without stipules, with a short angular petiole. The flowers are bisexual, usually actinomorphic and small.
The homeland of Mucuna pruriens is Africa and tropical Asia. Currently, Mucuna has spread almost all over the world. In large quantities, the plant can be found in the Caribbean. It is worth noting that Mucuna pruriens is a plant that was not initially invasive on already cultivated lands.
The habitat of Ilex Paraguariensis is Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay. In its wild form, it grows in the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia Minor, North America, along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It occurs in deciduous and coniferous forests, in penumbra or well-lit areas. Prefers high soil moisture.
Heather grows not only in Europe, it can be found in Asia, North Africa and North America, on the Azores and the desert expanses of Greenland. Loneliness is not for Heather, it thrives in large thickets, giving preference to moss peatlands and pine forests.