Horehound (Marrubium vulgare).—A well-known
medicinal herb, from which an extract is obtained for
subduing irritating coughs. Sow in April or May, and
thin the plants until they stand fifteen inches apart.
The plant is bushy, producing numerous annual, quadrangular and
branching stems, a foot or more in height, on which the
whitish flowers are borne in crowded, axillary, woolly
whorls. The leaves are much wrinkled, opposite,
petiolate, about 1 inch long, covered with white, felted
hairs, which give them a woolly appearance. They have a
curious, musky smell, which is diminished by drying and
lost on keeping. Horehound flowers from June to
White Horehound is a hardy plant, easily grown, and flourishes best in
a dry, poor soil. It can be propagated from seeds sown
in spring, cuttings, or by dividing the roots (the most
usual method). If raised from seed, the seedlings should
be planted out in the spring, in rows, with a space of
about 9 inches or more between each plant. No further
culture will be needed than weeding. It does not blossom
until it is two years old.
Horehound in candy and tea. It's been used for
centuries for coughs and other ailments. The FDA took it off the approved list,
but not because it was harmful. They didn't see enough scientific evidence to
consider it a medicine.
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