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Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'

Variegated clump-forming foliage

Wooly and aromatic leaves provide attractive groundcover in USDA Zones 7 to 8

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"Marguerite  says . . ."

Marguerite became fascinated with herbal tinctures at an early age. "I must have read over 30 books about the subject going deeper and deeper into the history and the folklore."  She started organizing her research with 3x5 cards before moving to a computer spreadsheet.  Now she uses The Compleat Botanica, "I'll never go back."
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Q:  How do I add items to the list of tags to print?

A:  Whenever you add a new specimen to your collection, the Tag needs printing box is checked.  Later when you use the Print tags . . . command, those items that are checked will be included in the list of tags to print.  When the tags have been printed, the Tag needs printing box has its check removed.

You re-include an item in the list by simply checking the box again.  see the full story.

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The Compleat Botanica and herbalists
Record traditional medicinal remedies, parts used, therapeutic actions, precautions, and poisonous indications.
Organize your apothecary with botanical names cross-referenced by vernacular names.
Use the import and export commands to share data with your other applications and with your fellow herbalists.
Use all of the other features of The Compleat Botanica to develop and publish plant-related reports.


Features for herbalists

  Specimen tags

  Multiple databases

  WYSIWYG previews

  Checklist of names

  All of the essential features of The Compleat Botanica

Data fields for herbalists

Just a few of the data fields useful for herbalists:

  Poisonous parts

  Poisonous indications

  Medicinal properties

  Medicinal parts

  Medicinal notes

  Dermatologic poison

  Internal poison

  Alphabetical index of all 160 fields used by The Compleat Botanica


Software snapshots

There are 17 side-by-side data entry views making it easy to access and update your data.  Be sure to check out the Herbal medicine view.

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Frequently asked questions

  I'm not clear if your software comes preloaded with some kind of botanical database or if it's empty and ready to enter my own data.?

A:  The Compleat Botanica comes with a sample database of wild and cultivated plants containing approximately 5000 entries.  This is an excellent starting point for building your own collection of data and pictures; nevertheless, the world's collection of plant-related data is vast and personal interests are varied.  The best use for The Compleat Botanica is for researching, organizing, and educating yourself using the tools provided with the software.

For ideas about where to obtain public domain data and pictures relating to your area of interest, refer to the page Research groups and plant databases.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

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  How do I export data from the software?

A:  The Export command writes files in XML format. XML is an acronym for eXtensible Markup Language. It is a standard adopted by the World Wide Web Consortium for writing files that are �self descriptive�. The formal definition of an XML file is contained in a data type definition (DTD) file. The DTD used by The Compleat Botanica is specified in the file CompleatBotanicaSchema.xml. See the full story.

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Last reviewed December 05, 2009   


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