Oregano de la Sierra (Monardella odoratissima), packet of 20 seeds, Organic

$3.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Perennial, Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(Mountain Beebalm) 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., Certified Organically Grown

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    angelalk123 (verified owner)

    Hi richo and family, how many years do you think this plant comes back as a perennial? Thank you and Gods blessings upon you and your garden.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello there! I don’t pretend to completely understand Monardella. In the best of circumstances, on a serpentine soil or in the rock garden, the plants become quite woody (although still essentially miniature in stature) and last years. I have one in a sandy tortuga that is 3-years-old and looking perky as we speak. However I’ve lost good ones for no apparent reason, although I do suspect insufficient drainage in the substrate. I’ve been playing with a potted individual in the greenhouse that needed some attention. Potted it up to a ceramic container and put it distantly under the lights. After a fortnight it was starting to fail and I removed it from under the lights and now it looks healthy again. So, I don’t know. Richo

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