Horehound candy: So many of us will remember that fantastic taste from our early childhood—even if it was for a cough or upset stomach.
Horehound candies were once the standard remedy for coughs in Europe and North America. An infusion of the herb is good for weak stomach, lack of appetite and persistent bronchitis.
Horehound, marrubium vulgare, is a perennial member of the mint family. The herb has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant is hardy and can be grown and harvested by most home gardeners.
Once harvested, it can be used to make candies, teas or cough drops.
Direct seed about three weeks before last frost in your area about ¼ inch deep. .
Horehound germinates slowly.
Horehound propagates well from plant cuttings.
Space plants at 10-12 inches.
Water horehound plants sparingly. Horehound is drought tolerant and overwatering is more of a concern than too little water.
Apply an all-purpose fertilizer in the spring of the year. Fertilizer encourages leafy growth, and it is the leaves of the horehound plant that are harvested.
According to Utah State University horehound has no known pests or diseases and can spread through a garden in an almost weed-like manner.
If the horehound flower matures and drops its seeds the plant can quickly overrun the entire garden area.
Harvest horehound while the plant is flowering. Flowering occurs in second year plants from early summer to first frost.
In the first year it will not produce any flowers but the leaves can still be harvested.
About one-third of the leaves and all flowers of the plant can be harvested after the second year.
Tie the leaves and flowers into bundles and hang indoors out of direct sunlight to dry. After the leaves and flowers have dried, chop and store the leaves and flowers in an airtight container for up to one year.
Horehound is a perennial plant, hardy through zone 4 and will come back each spring with little assistance
Wintering plants may need protection in colder regions.
Packet app. 50 seeds. $3.00