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Cunila origanoides

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cunila (KOO-nil-uh) (Info)
Species: origanoides (or-ig-an-OY-deez) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers dry, sandy soils. Easily grown from seed.

Neutral mystic On Aug 30, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

The leaves of the plant are quite minty and can be brewed as a tea for medicinal and culinary uses. The tea was used to treat headaches, fevers, and even snakebites. This species also producers "frost flowers". Frost flowers are thin, layered eruptions of ice crystals which burst from the xylem of the plant stems in early fall.It has clusters of small purplish or white flowers that bloom from July to November. Usually found in dry rocky woods.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Compton, Arkansas
Cross Timbers, Missouri

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