Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?

Imagine an herb so sought-after it was stored in a country’s treasury as though it was gold. Silphium was once in high demand. Now no one can find it although its value once made a city in what is now Shahhat, Libya the richest in Africa, according to an article posted at the BBC. What led to its demise? Why couldn’t ancient communities just cultivate it? What might we do if we were able to resurrect it today? Continue reading “Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?”