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Marrubium vulgare - Plant

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Marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) is a gray-leaved herbaceous perennial plant, somewhat resembling mint in appearance.
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Description for Marrubium vulgare

Marrubium vulgare is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern and central Asia. It is also widely naturalized in many places, including most of North and South America.

White Horehound is a gray-leaved herbaceous perennial plant, somewhat resembling mint in appearance. Stems are quadrangular and branching. Oppositely arranged leaves are 2-5 cm long with a densely crinkled surface, and are covered with white felted hairs. Flowers are white, borne in crowded whorls in leaf axils.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
White Horehound, Common HorehoundWhiteJune to September8 to 24 inchesEasy to grow

Planting and care

The horehound herb plant can be planted from seed, cuttings and division. Plant the seed three weeks before your last expected frost date. The seeds are surface sown and covered with a dusting of soil to prevent the wind from taking them.When planning how to plant horehound remember the germination difficulties of the seed.
Even moisture is important to encourage sprouting which is erratic. Seedlings are thinned to 10 inches apart and you can harvest the leaves after the plant flowers.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial ShadeWell-drained soilMedium65 degrees FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Marrubium vulgare

  • Horehound is grown in full sun and well-drained soil. Other requirements are minimal as it can spring up naturally in nutrient deficient areas and sandy soils.
  • Horehound produces a burr-like seed pod which contains tiny seeds.
  • The seeds are slow to germinate and do not need to be sown deeply. Prior to seeding the horehound plant cultivate the soil and rake it to remove roots, rocks, and debris.

Typical uses of Marrubium vulgare

Special features: An essential oil is obtained from the plant and used as a flavoring in liqueurs. The plant has been used as a cure for cankerworm in trees. No more details are given but it is probably a strong infusion of the flowering shoots or the essential oil, that is used. The growing plant repels flies.

Culinary use: The leaves are used as a seasoning. Bitter and pungent, they are sometimes used to flavor herb beer or liqueurs. Horehound ale is a fairly well-known drink made from the leaves. A mild pleasantly flavored tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves, it is a favorite cough remedy.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Marrubium+vulgare
  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/horehound/growing-horehound.htm
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Marrubium+vulgare&stpos=0&stype=AND

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What garden lovers say ... ?

5 / 5 Shreyapiki Ritu 30 August 2017
Young ones adapt better
5 / 5 Priti Prasad 01 January 2017
Very good garden plants, worth enough for normal gardening. Got for deal price.
5 / 5 Archana Damle 14 November 2016
Very happy with product. All the leaves were green and fresh. A very nice product in such a affordable price
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