Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 3 feet tall
Plant Spread: sprawling stems to 3 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Guardian plant
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Days to germinate: 3 to 4 weeks, germination can be very erratic
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Self
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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All About HorehoundAll About Horehound
December 2, 2011

A nice hot cup of horehound tea with honey and lemon and a warm slice of banana nut bread covered in melted butter. That's one of my fondest childhood memories. With winter and the holidays just around the corner, I'm reminded of horehound and what a special herb it is.

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Comments:
Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 15, 2011 11:09 PM

Horehound is of the mint family and though introduced from Europe, it now grows wild in North America.

The plant is a source of flavoring for candies, teas, and syrups used in folk medicine as cough and cold remedies. Pharmacologists agree that it is likely an expectorant. It is also sometimes used by herbalists as an appetite stimulant.

A decoction of horehound mixed with honey produces a syrup used to inhibit coughing, but my personal favorite is the candy that is made from it in much the same way and is used as a cough drop.

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