Care and Planting Instructions

Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 18-24″ apart in average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 24-36″. Does well in containers.

Prefers well-drained, sandy soil and is very drought tolerant. A perennial, Horehound produces flowers second year and will self-sow if flowers are left unpicked. Attracts bees and is used as a host plant by moths in the Coleophora lineolea family. Repels grasshoppers.

marrubium vulgare

Horehound is grown for its many medicinal uses and as an ornamental. The name is derived from the Hebrew marrob or bitter juice. Horehound is used during the Hebrew Passover feast as one of the bitter herbs. In ancient Greece, Horehound was said to cure the bite of mad dogs. Today, the most common uses for Horehound are its ability to soothe a sore throat and as an expectorant.

Harvest: Plant leaves can be dried during the first year, but be advised, Horehound loses its flavor quickly. To retain flavor, remove the leaves and chop them. Once dried, place in tightly sealed jars.