Yurt Area

The RBGE Yurt positioned in fount of the Maytenus boariaRBGE's Yurt is situated north of the Glasshouses between the Chilean Terrace and the Exhibition Hall. Yurts have traditionally been used as a portable houses by nomadic tribes. Our Yurt was given a permanent home at the request of the Education Department, who utilise it for numerous school visits. Surrounding it are beds with a number of ethnobotanical plants.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. A gently warming and tonic herb, it is especially effective in treating coughs, consumption, bronchitis and many other complaints of the chest as well as disorders of the digestive system.

Leaves & Flower bud of Silphium perfoliatumIndian cup (Silphium perfoliatum) is a large, bold plant with resinous sap which eventually hardens. It was used by Native American as chewing gum.

Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) was always harvested from the wild until the first European plantings of the herb were established almost a thousand years ago. Theophrastus notes the sweet flavour of the roots and says it is used for asthma, dry cough and all diseases of the lungs. Napoleon chewed liquorice sticks and that's what is said to have turned his teeth black.

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