Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Planta de Msrrubium vulgare

The Marrubium vulgare is a medicinal herb very full. In addition, it is a perennial and of reduced size, so that it is interesting to pot culture; though of course it can also be planted in the garden or in the garden.

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Origin and characteristics

Marrubium vulgare

Our protagonist is a herbaceous plant with a perennial sufruticosa native to Eurasia and northern Africa, whose scientific name is Marrubium vulgare. To day of today is also found in south Australia and in Tasmania. Popularly known as the horehound, the herb of the toad or balm in cuyo. Its base is somewhat woody and reaches a height of between 15 and 80 cm. The leaves are roughened by the beam, and with nerves marked on the underside, and measure 2-7 by 1-4cm.

The flowers are grouped in inflorescences arranged in whorls, globular, dense. The fruits are dry, ovoideo-ellipsoids, measuring 1.5 to 2mm, and are dark brown-blackish.

What are your care?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Potting: substrate culture universal.
    • Garden: it is indifferent, provided that it has good drainage.
  • Watering: 2-3 times per week in summer and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
  • Paid: from spring to summer with organic fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in the spring.
  • Hardiness: it can survive the cold and frost weak up to -4ºC.

What uses does it have?


The Marrubium vulgare is used as a medicinal plant. Their properties are:

  • Digestive
  • Balsamic
  • Antipyretic
  • Choleretic
  • Hypoglycemic soft

In addition, it is indicated for poor appetite, asthma, colds, complaints genitourinary, hypertension, oedema, fluid retention and hyperuricemia.

The mode of employment is in infusion. Take a small scoop of leaves and boil in water for about ten minutes. Then, it is taken. It is advisable to drink three cups a day before or after meals.

Have you ever heard of this plant?

The article Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) has been originally published in Gardening On.

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