9 Perennial Herbs (Number 5 May Surprise You)

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Annual vs. Perennial: What’s the Difference?

Annuals are plants that grow, bloom, seed, and die-off in a single year

Perennials are plants will grow and rebloom every year

What are Perennial Herbs?

Herbs are edible plants that are valued for their culinary and/or medicinal value. For centuries, people have used these plants to treat illnesses, ailments, and injuries. Historically, herbs have been used to flavor teas, cooked dishes, salads, and were simply eaten plain. 
Most edible herbs are annuals. This means that they die when the frost comes and have to be replaced each year. This list, however, is all about perennial herbs. All of these herbs will return year after year!

Benefits of Growing Perennial Herbs:

  • They have a long life, some can live for decades
  • While the vegetative growth may die back in winter, new growth will appear in spring
  • Unlike annual herbs, perennial herbs don’t have to be dug up and brought indoors for winter
  • You can have access to herbs year-round that you have grown yourself
  • Many of these perennial herbs can be divided to make more plants to keep or give away to friends and family

Most of the plants on this list are easy to grow and propagate. They can be added to vegetable gardens, ornamental flower beds, or can be grown in containers. 

Whether you are looking to try a new perennial herb for yourself, or are searching for the perfect gift for a gardening friend, you have come to the right place.
If you have ever wanted to impress others with your cooking, this list has plenty of culinary surprises.
We have herbs that can be used to make warm soups for the winter or fresh salads in summer. Whether you are looking for new tea leaves to try or want to spice up your DIY beer brewing, this list won’t let you down. 

List 9 Perennial Herbs:

  1. Bird’s Foot Violet (Viola pedata)
  2. Bishop Weed (Aegopodium podagraria)
  3. Bluets (Houstonia caerulea
  4. Chicory Plant (Cichorium intybus)
  5. Dandelion Herb (Tara xacum)
  6. Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)
  7. Wintergreen Plant (Gaultheria procumbens)
  8. Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)
  9. Yarrow Plant (Achillea millefolium)

That was the list of our top perennial herbs. Keep reading for an in-depth description of each plant.

Bird’s Foot Violet (Viola pedata)

The bright purple color of bird's foot violet stands out in the garden

Bird’s foot violet grows on woodland edges, meadows, and on embankments. This perennial herb gets its name from its shape and of course, its color. While it grows low, it adds vibrance to the garden. For best results, we recommend mulching them in the fall.

Grow Zones:  4-8

Uses: Can be eaten raw or cooked and used in soups, teas, and jams

Edible Plant Parts: Young leaves and flower buds

Benefits: Can help with headaches and colds

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Bishops Weed (Aegopodium podagraria)

The white, umbrella-like flowers of the bishop's weed stand tall above its foliage

Bishops weed, or ground elder, can be used as an ornamental or as a perennial herb. It looks great in borders and grows up to three feet tall. This plant attracts beneficial insects and is excellent in minimizing soil erosion. Because it has a creeping habit, it can make an ideal container plant.

Grow Zones: 4-9
Edible Parts: Leaves and seeds
Uses: Soups, salads and other cooked dishes
Benefits:  High in Vitamin C

Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) 

The bluet is a dainty flower that resembles a star with four points
Bluets are an easy-to-grow perennial herb. Its flowers have four points on them with blue edges and white centers. As long as you plant them in loose soil, they will pretty much take care of themselves! While bluets have tiny flowers, butterflies are drawn to them.
Grow Zones: 3-8
Uses: Teas, salads
Edible Plant Parts: Flowers
Benefits: Promotes bladder health
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Chicory Plant (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory has small, round flowers with many petals
The chicory plant has been used as a culinary and medicinal plant for over two thousand years. It can grow over 12 inches tall and prefers full sun. Not only is it easy to grow, but it's also inexpensive!

Grow Zones: 3-9

Edible Parts: Leaves and roots. The flower is edible, but bitter.

Uses: Coffee substitute, cooked dishes, and salads

Benefits: the roots and leaves of this plant can be used in cooking and add a pleasant, spicy flavor to dishes. 

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Dandelion Herb (Tara xacum)

A field of dandelions covers the ground in yellow
Dandelion is one of the most misunderstood plants. For starters, it is not a weed but an herb. For centuries, people have been capitalizing on dandelions' benefits. In addition to being nutritional to humans, the dandelion prevents soil compaction and provides pollinators with much-needed food.
Grow Zones: 3-9
Uses: Teas, coffee, salads, smoothies, general cooking
Edible plant parts: All parts of the dandelion are edible
Benefits: Dandelion is high in Vitamins A, C, and K. It contains magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium. It is high in antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
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Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

The spotted wintergreen has ovate leaves, long stems, and tiny, down-turned flowers
The spotted wintergreen is an eye-catching plant with tiny, white flowers. It is grown both as an ornamental and a perennial herb. It does best in full shade and grows no taller than twelve inches. 
Grow Zones: 3-8
Uses: Tea 
Edible Plant Parts: Leaves
Benefits: Some claim that spotted wintergreen helps with stomach issues and arthritis 
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Wintergreen Plant (Gaultheria procumbens)

On a table, there is a basket full of wintergreen berries and leaves
The wintergreen plant, which is related to the spotted evergreen, prefers part sun to part shade. Native to woodlands in eastern North America, the wintergreen is a low-growing perennial herb. Part of the mint family, this tiny plant packs a big punch!
Grow Zones: 3-7
Uses: Tea (leaves) and fruit (berries)
Edible Plant Parts: Leaves and berries (Do not consume berries if you are allergic to Aspirin)
Benefits: Some reported benefits include pain reduction and breath freshening


Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)

The flower of a wild garlic stands high above its leaves
Wild garlic has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, especially in French cuisine. Because it is similar to regular garlic, it can be used in many dishes. This pollinator-friendly plant is easy to grow and has a life span of five to six years. Wild garlic is currently in high demand, but have no fear– it is easy to propagate!
Grow Zones: 3-9
Uses: Can be used like typical garlic
Edible Plant Parts: Scapes, stem, and bulb
Benefits: Wild garlic has been found to have antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits
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Yarrow Plant (Achillea millefolium)

The flower heads of the yarrow plant are composed of many tiny flowers
Yarrow is an unfussy, low maintenance perennial herb. It can tolerate varying light and soil conditions. At its peak, yarrow can grow up to three feet. Its showy flowers bloom later in the summer giving pollinators a late-season food source.
Grow Zones: 3-9
Uses: Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and can be used in mouthwashes, salads, soups, teas and as a flavoring for beer
Edible Plant Parts: Leaves
Benefits: Reduce sinus, nasal, and allergy problems
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If you like soup and salad or want to brew a coffee substitute, there is a perennial herb for everyone on this list. You won't have to worry about replanting and you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come. Whether it is for your own garden or for a loved one, a perennial herb will be the gift that keeps on giving. 



Chicory Plant - TN Nursery


Chicory's vibrant blue flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. This fosters biodiversity and supports the local ecosystem. As pollinators visit, it blooms; they also pollinate nearby plants, enhancing the overall fertility and productivity of the landscape. This plant is known as the "blue daisy" for its attractive round blue flowers with a petal and sepal pattern similar to daisies. The plant is also known to have white or pink blooms, but these examples are rare. Chicory Is A Tall Perennial Chicory grows to 5 feet tall but is most commonly about 2 feet tall. When grown close together, the light blue flowers form a canopy, creating a pleasing focal point in any garden. Being blue, these flowers mesh well with other blue varieties, such as California bluebells or Northern Blue Flags. Because blue daisies are lighter, you can ring them around any flowers of darker blue to create a visual transition to flowers of other colors. These flowers have different leaves based on how old they are. In their first season, leaves form at the base of the stems. These attractive, curly leaves can grow about a foot long and create a separate focal point for the blue flowers. During their second or any following season, the leaves are smaller and grow further up the stems. Unlike many other plants, blue daisies lack petioles, so the leaves seem to clasp the stem lovingly, which creates a sweet effect. The Blooms Of The Chicory The flowers of this plant only last one day, but the plant grows new flowers every day throughout the spring and summer. The flower buds generally open at or shortly after dawn, and by sunset, the flowers are closing again as new ones prepare to open the next day. It's possible to take time-lapse photos or videos of these flowers and see them "wink" throughout the day. This charming phenomenon is not unique to blue daisies but is particularly noteworthy among these flowers. Pollinators Love Chicory  Even though Chicory blooms only last a day or so each, they are still an essential nectar source for pollinators like the bumblebee and certain butterfly species. Generally, these insects will flock to a cluster of blue daisies in the early afternoon. These plants are pretty hardy, too, so in addition to being good-looking, they prevent soil leaching and erosion and contribute to the health of any garden.

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Dandelion Plant - TN Nursery

Dandelion Plant

Dandelion perennials have bright yellow, disk-like flowers atop slender, green stems with jagged-edged leaves that form a rosette at the base. While it is often considered a weed due to its rapid growth and ability to spread, it possesses several characteristics that can benefit landscaping. Dandelion Plant Can Reach 1 Feet Tall Dandelion plants can reach a height of eight to 12 inches and have a rosette of leaves around a deep taproot. The leaves are sleek and feature acute indentations without any visible hairs. They have lance-, rectangular-, or spatula-shaped foliage and flower heads covered with ray petals. Their blooms, which can grow up to two inches long, are a single shade of yellow and sit on a sturdy, hollow stem. Although they bloom from April through September, they're most noticeable in May and June. Well-established dandelion plants sometimes bloom twice, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Improve Soil Quality With The Dandelion Plant They have roots that spread wide. This loosens hard-packed soil and increases aeration, making it healthier. Their roots extract calcium and potassium from the earth, making these vital nutrients available to nearby flowers. Because their roots also hold the soil together, these flowers help prevent erosion. The dead foliage adds organic matter to the soil and provides essential nutrients for grass to grow strong and green. Their wind-aided seed distribution and cross-pollination capabilities also make them useful for fertilizing grass. About nine to 15 days after the yellow flowers appear, they reveal a white puffball, a fuzzy pappus. The wind carries bits of the fuzzy pappus containing seeds as part of the flowers' reproduction process. Hummingbirds, mainly, like these fuzzy seeds and use them to build nests. Pollinators Rely On The Dandelion Plant In early spring, many pollinators rely on them for their nectar. While some can yield as many as 400 seeds, the typical yield is 180. Pollinators like ladybugs, honeybees, and moths play a crucial role in pest control by eating, weakening, and killing garden pests.

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