Plant Collections

Chelsea Physic Garden in high summer © Charlie Hopkinson

The Garden holds approximately 5000 taxa, the collection focusing  on medicinal plants and those of ethnobotanical interest, as well as rare and endangered species. We also grow plants named or introduced by people associated with the Garden’s history.

The mild microclimate created by the sheltering walls , the river and the Garden’s south facing aspect allows us to grow many tender plants, especially from the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands.

The glasshouses  hold a collection of tropical, sub-tropical and Mediterranean species as well as back-up plants of those grown outdoors that may not survive a cold or wet winter.

For more details of the extensive plant collection , see the following:

Archive: Superfood Summer 2013