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Shade loving medicinal herbs?

 
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Howdy,

I have a few spots in my forest garden that are well shaded by large pin cherry trees. I would like to try growing some medicinal herbs in these spots this upcoming spring.

Wondering if anyone has any reccomendations and success for this scenario in zone 6b?

Thank you!
 
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My experience is in zone 5 (have grown in both a and b). Good shade medicinals are:

Black cohosh
Blue cohosh
Goldenseal
Ginseng
Sweet woodruff
Lemon balm (highly invasive — be ready to harvest massive amounts to keep it under control - I feed liberal amounts to my chickens)
 
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Angelica archangelica it grows in the forest. Horse radish grows in half shade. Valerian doesn’t mind shade and wet feet. Chives is worth a try. But most like sun better. You’ve got nothing where sun is? People fill whole walls with pots and watering systems.
 
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Yes, I've got some edge in the forest garden where I will plant some other herbs. This other spot in question that I'm referring to has nice potential as it's definitely semi-shade, but does get some afternoon sun. I think I will experiment this spring with everyones recommendations, thank you for those!
 
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Lemon Balm
Wild Passionfruit (Maypop)
Various true mints
Oregon Grape

Bee balm where I live is found a lot in the shade of black walnut trees.

Also I have seen where when the soil is satisfied (Not over-absorbing the composted material) some plants deemed full sun will survive and in some cases do well in the shade.
 
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Ramsons/wild garlic
 
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