Here is the first comprehensive record of plants and their uses to have been written for hundreds of years -- in fact the only complete modern herbal. A truly encyclopedic work, the two-volume set describes well over 800 different species of herbs, grasses, mushrooms, shrubs and trees. Included is historical background for each plant, cultivation tips, up-to-date information on useful substances derived from each plant, and the different ailments the herb is used to treat. Also included are folk beliefs as well as economic and cosmetic properties of hundreds of plants -- from aconite to zedoary. Also, common and Latin names, drawings, photographs, a good index and much more.