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The Top 25 Herbs, Selected by ATP Members

By dave
February 15, 2014

Let's open Herbs week with a look at the most popular herbs, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the herb entries in our database.

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 15, 2014 1:07 PM CST
Yay, borage, for #1 spot! I was quite surprised that the homely dandelion made the top picks. I'm likewise amazed when I see their seeds for sale - is there anywhere this does not just pop up on its own? Not to be a lavender snob, but glad to see it didn't get #1 spot (lovely plant but really I get a bit weary of all the hype). Really nice photo of the field poppy @bonitin. No basil? I was surprised, in a good way, of the results.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 15, 2014 5:15 PM CST
I saw this and fully expected Basil to be the number one plant. Not only not #1, not even on the list!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 15, 2014 9:22 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I definitely would have expected basil, but it isn't photographed or commented on much in our database, for some reason!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Feb 16, 2014 9:14 AM CST
I agree with the lavender. I just have to give up on it. If it lasts 2-3 years , I am lucky.
I wondered about basil too. If there was a smell feature, I am sure it would move up to the top of the list!
Name: Grace Taylor
Northern Texas (Zone 7b)
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Gracewing
Apr 1, 2015 12:37 PM CST
Everyone grows Basil, or at least it is a extremely common herb. And like all things that 'Everyone' grows it is unassuming, and 'boring'. Not to say I don't like Basil, I do, Tomatoes just don't taste the same without it; but Basil is a easy and 'Safe' choice to grow. Humans like things to be interesting. Borage is different, edible, pretty, and not hard to grow. Sounds like a good candidate for gardeners looking for something 'New' to grow.
Some things are too cute for words. Others need no words.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Apr 1, 2015 12:59 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I agree Did you see that Borage is the #1 most popular herb at ATP?
Name: Grace Taylor
Northern Texas (Zone 7b)
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Gracewing
Apr 2, 2015 4:27 PM CST
I did. I was putting my thoughts on the comments down in words though. Nailing down what I meant to say is not one of my better skills. I prescribe more practice.
Some things are too cute for words. Others need no words.

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