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Silver Edged Horehound

Marrubium rotundifolium

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Silver Edged Horehound (Marrubium rotundifolium) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Silver Edged Horehound in bloom

Silver Edged Horehound in bloom

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Silverheels Horehound

Description:

A fuzzy, mat forming perennial groundcover, with round, woolly sage-green leaves with silvery white edges and undersides; does well in poor soils and dry sunny sites; does not like humid, hot conditions;

Ornamental Features

Silver Edged Horehound's attractive tomentose round leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive silver edges and tinges of olive green throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Edged Horehound is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Silver Edged Horehound is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Edged Horehound will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America..

Silver Edged Horehound is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

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