Oregano de la Sierra (Monarda menthifolia), packet of 20 seeds


Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Perennial, Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(Wild Oregano, Mintleaf Bergamot) Perennial miniature woody subshrub native to North America, occurring from Manitoba to Texas–mainly in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and American Southwest.  Flowers lavender in showy globular whorls, sometimes as many as 3 to a stem, to 18 inches tall.  Does well on a dry, rocky and sunny exposure–scree slopes, path, roadside or full-sun garden bed. The leaves give off a bright lemony mintiness when fresh and when dried, are spicily aromatic, attaining the fragrance of Oregano–deep, complex and pungent.  Traditional usage (Native American, TWM): Diaphoretic, emmenagogue, colds and influenza, skin wash or tincture for disinfecting wounds.   Source of anxiolytic rosmarinic acid and antiseptic carvacrol.  The tea of dried leaves and flowers is tasty, while the leaves dried and pulverized really do make a very credible spice for protein dishes and salad dressings.  Cultivation:  Standard greenhouse culture.  Barely cover seeds with soil, tamp securely and keep evenly moist, warm and in the light until germination, which occurs in 1 to 2 weeks.  Work up in pots.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

20 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    If you google Monarda menthifolia, you’re going to get a few accurate descriptions and a lot of gobbledygoop. Photos of other Monarda species mislabeled as “menthifolia” are rampant. The photos on this page are of the actual plant in habitat and in cultivation. RAC

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