rubus Rubus
Herb of the Year 2020

The genus name Rubus is said to be the classical Latin name for blackberry. It is akin to ruber (red) and may refer to the reddish color of the mature canes of some species. The stems of Rubus plants are also referred to as “canes,” so the term “cane fruit” or “caneberry” refers to any Rubus species or hybrid that is commonly...

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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 (FONA) Plant Sale where much of our proceeds contribute to financing an intern to work in the National Herb Garden. We additionally support FONA at the annual plant sale by leasing space with the proceeds going to FONA.

Many of our members participate in herbal crafts workshops, botanical bead workshops, and an active herb study and culinary group, where our meetings are not only informative and creative, but cumulate in a delightful herbal feast.

Guests are always welcome to our meetings