Horehound

Horehound is a wonderfully aromatic herb that attracts the beneficial tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), which guards my pomegranate trees against the leaf-footed plant bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus).


Common Name: Horehound
Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare
Family: Lamiaceae


Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects.

Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects.

Uses

  • Edible leaves, oil, stem
  • Honeybee forage
  • Medicinal
  • Nectary
  • Attracts braconid and icheumonid wasps, and tachnid and syrid flies
  • Flavoring in candy
  • Attracts pollinators that increase yields of tomatoes and peppers

Medicinal Properties

  • expectorant
  • diaphoretic
  • diuretic
  • treatment for intestinal parasites

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous
  • Plant Leaf Type: Perennial
  • Layer Use: Herbaceous
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Flowering: April-October
  • Leaf Shape: round-ovate, petioled, crenate-toothed; woolly
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 10″

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Light: Prefers full sun
  • Shade: Tolerates shade
  • Moisture: Well-drained soil, tolerates drought
  • pH: 4.5 to 8.3
  • Juglone sensitivity: unknown

Propagation

Seed, cuttings and division.

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