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Horehound

Marrubium vulgare

Horehound is a hardy member of the mint family. It has fuzzy gray-green foliage and small white flowers. Like mint, this plant can become invasive. Horehound is not fussy about growing conditions but prefers full sun and good drainage. Neither deer nor rabbits eat horehound unless they are extremely hungry. Plant the herb to deter these pests if they are a problem in your neighborhood. Horehound has traditionally been used as a cough suppressant or to make candy.

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From 6 inches to 3 feet

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2-3 feet wide

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Bee balm
A good companion for horehound, taller varieties of bee balm often look unkempt at the base. A planting of horehound in front of bee balm hides the unsightly foliage. The silvery gray foliage of horehound complements the pink and purple flowers of bee balm.
Blazing star
The tall flower spikes of blazing star rise above the mounded silvery foliage of horehound. If you plant blazing star close to horehound, the flower stalks will push up through the horehound foliage and appear to arise from the same plant.
Coneflower
Coneflower teams well with horehound in sunny, dry locations. The foliage and flower colors of coneflower, including the new hybrids in shades of yellow, orange, red, rose, and pink, complement horehound as well.
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