Cultivating History

Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare L.

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Common name: Horehound

Description: Perennial herb flowering May-frost.

Range and Habitat: Horehound is a native of Europe and Asia and naturalized in pastures, on roadsides and waste ground in the mountains and piedmont of the southeast.

In Porcher’s time… Horehound was used only as an aromatic stimulant. The leaves are tonic and somewhat laxative, and are employed in colds, asthma, hysteria, and menstrual diseases.

See the historical entry on this plant as it appears in Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

See the contemporary entry on this plant as it appears in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database