Botanical name: Humulus lupulus 'American Cascade'
Also known as hops, this vigorous and tall climber produces flowering cones that are used in the beer brewing process to import bitterness and flavour.
Beer Herb vines require full sun, well-drained soil and ample moisture as well as a strong and tall supporting structure to grow over.
Flower cones are ready to harvest when they develop a papery texture and slight dryness.
Home-grown hops are excellent when used in conjunction with home brew kits to adjust flavour. You filter your home brew through the dried hops to increase the bitterness.
Sleeping on a pillow filled with hops is a popular folk remedy said to alleviate sleeplessness.