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Cunila origanoides - (L.)Britton.

Common Name Stone Mint, Common dittany
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open woods and thickets[222, 274].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cunila origanoides Stone Mint, Common dittany


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 146.
Cunila origanoides Stone Mint, Common dittany
Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cunila origanoides is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

C. mariana. L.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The fresh or dried leaves can be used to make a tea. A pleasant mint-like flavour[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Antiseptic;  Aromatic;  Diaphoretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Stimulant.

An essential oil, known as cunila oil, obtained from the plant is antiseptic, aromatic and stimulant[4, 200, 274]. A tea made from the leaves is used to treat headaches, colds and fevers[207, 257]. It is believed to induce menstruation and perspiration[222].

Other Uses

Essential;  Repellent.

An essential oil, called 'Oil of Dittany' is extracted from this plant. It has medicinal properties and is valued as an antiseptic[200]. A bunch of the plant can be used to repel insects, it is effective against horseflies[207].

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in a variety of soil types[200]. It thrives in dry soils, preferably of a sandy well-drained nature, preferring a position in full sun[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[200]. The plant has aromatic foliage and the flowers are a good source of nectar for bees[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Basal cuttings in late spring or early summer[200]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(L.)Britton.

Botanical References

200235274

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