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Marrubium vulgare

This highly fragrant herb from Mediterranean Europe and central Asia and was naturalized in many parts of North and South America since the mid nineteenth century. The leaves and roots of this plant have been used in cough medicines and for flavoring candy since Egyptian times. In John Gerard's s Herball of 1663, it is described as of a "hoarie colour, [and] of a most pleasant strong smell." The generic name is possibly derived from the Hebrew marros, "bitter juice," as it is thought to be one of the five bitter herbs that the Jews ate at Passover. In 1863 Fearing Burr described the taste as "bitter, penetrating, and durable." It's small whitish flowers appear in mid summer.

Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Jul 5 to 2002 Jul 232003 Apr 22 to 2003 Jun 92004 Jun 8 to 2004 Jul 192005 May 2 to 2005 Jun 102006 Aug 17 to 2006 Sep 152007 May 29 to 2007 Jul 62009 May 29 to 2009 Oct 62010 May 24 to 2010 Jun 282011 May 17 to 2011 Jun 242012 May 3 to 2012 Jun 292014 May 23 to 2014 Jun 26
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