Medicinal Plants

The Missouri Botanical Garden's active science and conservation program works in 35 countries around the globe to preserve and protect potentially invaluable plantlife.

Over 25 percent of our modern drugs derive from plants, and yet less than two percent of all plants have been tested for medical applications.

We cannot know in advance which species could provide lifesaving drugs. In the face of accelerating habitat destruction and global climate change, nearly half of the world's plant species may be extinct by the end of the century.

Whenever a species becomes extinct, we might be losing a cure for cancer, HIV/AIDS or even the common cold!

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Disclaimer: This information is intended as an introduction to medicinal plants of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It is for educational purposes only. The Missouri Botanical Garden makes no claims to the medicinal effects of these plants. In fact, plants may be harmful or even deadly if taken for the wrong conditions, used in excessive amounts, or combined with other drugs. Consult your doctor about your health conditions and the use of plant-based remedies.