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Horehound Characteristics

(Marrubium vulgare, Linn.)

Horehound Growing Cycle
Horehound Growing Cycle

Name Origin:

Derived from a Hebrew word meaning bitter.

Natural Order:


Growing Cycle:



White horehound can be found all over Europe and appears to be a native to Great Britain.


1 foot

Growth Habit:

Numerous branching, erect stems with almost square, toothed, grayish-green leaves that are covered with a down from which the common name hoarhound is derived. Very similar in appearance to mint.

Horehound Flowers:

Clusters of small, white flowers encircling the main stem.

Horehound Honey:

Bees are quite fond of horehound nectar and make a nice honey from horehound flowers.

Growing Horehound

(Seeds, sowing, cultivation, and propagating)

Growing Horehound From Seeds

Horehound Seeds
Horehound Seeds

Seed is most viable when used within three years

When growing horehound from seed, the best time for sowing is in the spring. Horehound does best in dry, poor soil with a southern exposure.


Once established the only worry is over-population and care must be given to prevent seeds from forming.

Horehound Propagation

Horehound plants tend to naturally grow in clumps. Divide the clumps or use layers and cuttings for propagation.

Horehound Companion Planting Guide

Horehound Enhances

Companion planting with horehound improves the fruiting of tomatoes and peppers.

Horehound attracts

Horehound will attract Braconid and Icheumonid wasps and Tachnid and Syrid flies to your garden.

Horehound in Cooking

(leaves and stems)

Horehound is most commonly used as the main ingredient in candies. Horehound has a natural ability as a pectoral remedy and is often made into cough drops and other candies relied upon for assistance with coughs and congestion.

Horehound is also brewed into Horehound Ale, a popular beverage in England.

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