Marrubium vulgare
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Marrubium vulgare

white horehound

  family lamiaceae 
  genus marrubium 

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Genus  Marrubium Species  vulgare Variety  Cultivar  Common names  white horehound Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11144 Data source  HtZn p140;MedPl p231;Frgnt p297
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Poor Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  One of the common garden uses for this plant is in dried arrangements. Beekeepers can use this plant to attract bees. The leaves of Marrubium vulgare have a strong resinous aroma. White horehound can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this species has a texture that is poor. Full sun is needed for this plant to do its best. It likes dry, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Dried arrangements Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities  Attracts bees Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antitussive   bronchiolytic   antipertussive   bitter   cardiotonic Medicinal parts  Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Marrubium vulgare has herbal applications as an antitussive, as a bronchiolytic, as an antipertussive and as a bitter. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the leaves.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic leaves. strongly aromatic Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Resinous Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Marrubium vulgare is a wildflower.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Marrubium vulgare has woolly heart-shaped leaves consisting of fine white hairs. Flowers: White horehound has small flower clusters that appear at intervals along erect stems. The flowers are usually a violet color.

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