White Horehound
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White Horehound
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: White Horehound, Common Horehound • Hindi: Pahari gandana • Tamil: Peppermentuchcheti
Botanical name: Marrubium vulgare    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

White Horehound is a gray-leaved herbaceous perennial plant, somewhat resembling mint in appearance, which grows up to 25-45 cm tall. Stems are quadrangular and branching. Oppositely arranged leaves are 2-5 cm long with a densely crinkled surface, and are covered with white felted hairs. Flowers are white, borne in crowded whorls in leaf axils. White horehound is distinguished from other species by its ten-toothed sepal cup. White Horehound is native to Africa Europe and Asia. Within India it is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal. Flowering: June-September.
Medicinal uses: The leaves and young shoots are harvested for medicinal preparations. Syrup made of the green fresh leaves and sugar is a most singular remedy against the cough and wheezing of the lungs.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Pampore, Kashmir.
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