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The garden is organized by human body systems (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal) and by condition (e.g., infectious disease, diabetes, cancer). The garden contains plants from which current medicines and treatments are derived as well as those used historically or in different cultures. There is also a section devoted to wellness (Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection), featuring plants recommended for their health benefits such as blueberries, cherries, green vegetables, and others.

For each group of plants, at least one related to a well-known medicine is on display in the garden. These include such medications as Taxol, derived from the Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia), or aspirin, originally derived from the bark of the white willow (Salix alba). Only plants or the medicines derived from them with strong clinical evidence for effectiveness are included. We collaborated with Dr. Leslie Shimp of the U-M College of Pharmacy and Dr. Sara Warber of the U-M Health System to develop a collection of plants that would meet this clinical standard.

Common name Scientific name Area(s)
African Cherry Prunus africanum Men's health, Musculoskeletal
Aloe Aloe vera Dermatology, Gastrointestinal, Infectious Disease
Artichoke Cynara scolymus Cardiovascular
Avocado Persea americana Cardiovascular
Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus Ophthalmology
Black Bean Phaseolus vulgaris Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Black Cohosh Actaea racemosa Women's Health, Introductory Garden
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Introductory Garden
Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Introductory Garden
Blueberries Vaccinium corymbosum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Broccoli Brassica oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Butterbur Petasites hybridus Respiratory, Neurological
Cabbage Brassica oleracea Women's Health
Cacao Theobroma cacao Respiratory
Calabar Bean Physostigma venenosum Neurological
Cayenne Capsicum frutescens Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Gastrointestinal, Neurological
Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile Affective
Chard Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Chasteberry Vitex agnus-castus Women's Health
Coca Erythroxylum coca Dental
Coffee Coffea arabica Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Neurological
Coleus Coleus forskohlii Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Ophthalmology
Cordyceps Cordyceps sinensis Cardiovascular
Corn Zea mays Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon Infectious Disease, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna Respiratory
Devil's Claw Harpagophytum procumbens Musculoskeletal
Echinacea Echinacea purpurea Respiratory
Elderberry Sambucus nigra Respiratory
Ephedra Ephedra sinica Respiratory
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Women's Health, Musculoskeletal, Dermatology
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Affective
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum Diabetic/Metabolic
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium Neurological
Flax Linum usitatissimum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Cardiovascular
Garlic Allium sativum Cardiovascular, Cancer, Infectious Disease
German Chamomile Matricaria recutita Dental, Gastrointestinal, Affective
Gingko Ginkgo biloba Neurological, Affective
Ginseng Panax ginseng Infectious Disease, Diabetic/Metabolic, Affective, Neurological
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna Cardiovascular
Hazelnut Corylus americana Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa Cardiovascular
Honey Dental, Dermatology
Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Cardiovascular
Iris (blue flag) Iris virginica Introductory Garden
Ivy Gourd Coccinia indica Diabetic/Metabolic
Jimson Weed Datura stramonium Ophthalmology
Kale Brassica oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra Gastrointestinal
Mandragora Mandragora officinarum Ophthalmology
Mayapple Podophyllum hexandrum Dermatology
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Diabetic/Metabolic
Mullein Verbascum thapsus Introductory Garden
Nopal/Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia streptacantha Men's health, Diabetic/Metabolic
Olive Olea europea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Opium Poppy Papaver somniferum Musculoskeletal
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium Dermatology
Pacific Yew Taxus brevifolia Cancer
Passionflower Passiflora incarnata Affective
Peanuts Arachis hypogaea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Peppermint Mentha piperita Gastrointestinal, Affective
Periwinkle Catharanthus roseus Cancer
Phytosterol plants Cardiovascular, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection, Men's health, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Pilocarpus or Jaborandi Pilocarpus microphyllus Ophthalmology
Policosanol: Sugar Cane Saccharum officinarum Cardiovascular
Psyllium Plantago ovata Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal
Queen of the Prairie Filipendula rubra Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Quinine Cinchona ledgeriana Infectious Disease
Rye Lolium multiflorum Men's health
Saffron Crocus sativus Women's Health, Affective
Sarsparilla Aralia nudicaulis Introductory Garden
Schisandra Schisandra chinensis Gastrointestinal, Neurological
Senna Cassia senna Gastrointestinal
Slippery Elm Ulmus rubra Respiratory
Sour Cherry Prunus cerasus Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Soy Glycine max Women's Health
Spinach Spinacia oleracea Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
St. Johnswort Hypericum perforatum Women's Health, Affective
Stevia Stevia rebaudiana Diabetic/Metabolic
Sunflower Helianthus annuus Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Sweet clover Melilotus officinalis Cardiovascular
Tea tree Oil Melaleuca alternifolia Dermatology, Infectious Disease
Tea, Green Camellia sinensis Dental, Cancer, Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Tobacco Nicotiana tabacum Introductory Garden
Umckaloabo Pelargonium sidoides Respiratory, Infectious Disease
Valerian Valeriana officinalis Affective
Velvet Bean Mucuna pruriens Neurological
Wahoo Euonymus atropurpurea Introductory Garden
Wheat Triticum aestivum Gretchen Jones Miller Wellness Collection
Willow Salix alba Musculoskeletal
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens Introductory Garden
Wood Sage Teucrium scorodonia Introductory Garden

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