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Useful and medicinal plants

Useful plants are one of the specialisms of the botanical garden. About 350 species are on display in our outdoor area: dye plants, renewable raw materials, herbs, spices, vegetables, legumes (proteins), plants that support mental health, and many others.

The medicinal garden contains about 100 medicinal herbs, which are also used for reference purposes by pharmacists in training. An online platform allows visitors to access further information on site.

Our collection greenhouses house tropical and subtropical useful plants that many of us only know as finished, packaged products. The ‘Jungle Food’ exhibition showcased well-known spices, fruits, vegetables, nuts, staples and stimulants, and plants used for technical purposes.

Year of foundation: 1979

Number of taxa: about 450


  • Academic teaching
  • Public display collection
  • Green school
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