HOREHOUND

FAMILY: Lamiaceae | GENUS: MARRUBIUM vulgare

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to Mediterranean region and western Asia; naturalized throughout Europe and the Americas. Coarse, upright plant to 13 ft. tall, 1112 ft. wide, with wrinkled, woolly, aromatic, gray-green leaves to 2 in. long. Blooms in second year from seed, bearing rounded whorls of white flowers (similar to those of mint) on foot-long, branching stems in summer. As a garden plant, it is invasive and rather weedy looking, but it makes a serviceable edging in a garden of gray-leafed plants. Used for medicinal purposes and in candy. Foliage lasts well in bouquets. Requires little water but will take more if drainage is good; otherwise not fussy about soil. Give protection from cold and wind.

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