chili pepper Hops
Humulus lupulus
Herb of the Year 2018

Hops is an herbaceous vine that grows in a clockwise direction reaching a height of 15 feet or more. The name hop comes from the Anglo‐Saxon, hoppan meaning “to climb”. This plant is indigenous to southern Europe, southwest Asia and North America. Its leaves have three to five lobes. The flowers are yellowish green, pine cone in shape and are called strobili...

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The Potomac Unit of The Herb Society of America, Inc., was formed in 1964. It is a non-profit organization, located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Our mission is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of our members with the community.

Our dedicated group supports the National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum, the National Library of Medicine’s Herb Garden, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens’ Herb Garden. Our fundraisers include the annual Friends of The National Arboretum Plant Sale where much of our proceeds contribute to financing an intern to work in the National Herb Garden. We also have herbal crafts workshops, botanical bead workshops, and an active herb study and culinary group, where our meetings are not only informative and creative, but finish with a delightful herbal feast.

The Potomac Unit has five general attendance meetings a year, at various locations throughout the Washington D.C. area. These meetings start with an interesting program then proceed with the business meeting and complete with a delectable buffet catered by members.

Guests are always welcome to our meetings