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0 thoughts on “wet woods: water horehound lycopus sp

  1. admin said:

    Posted: Jun 6, 2009 04:21 PM Msg. 2 of 4
    I think it’s a water-horehound, Lycopus sp., and yes, it’s native (if that is what it is). If so, it’s a mint (although it doesn’t have any particular aroma or taste) and it thus should have a stem that’s square in cross-section. Tough to identify to the species level.

    Karl A.

  2. admin said:

    Posted: Jun 7, 2009 03:08 AM Msg. 3 of 4
    wow great! is this the same horehound that is medicinal as per the article today in the New York Times it is used in a medicinal whiskey rye drink called “Rock and Rye” using dried horehound and also there are horehound candy drops used as cough suppressants

  3. admin said:

    Posted: Jun 7, 2009 04:12 AM Msg. 4 of 4
    NoNoNo!! You can’t trust those English names. You have to check the Latin. Water horehound (Lycopus sp.) is not the same as horehound (Marrubium vulgare). Though they are both mints. And they look vaguely alike. Lycopus has no particular use to people, except to puzzle field botanists (it’s tough to sort out the species, sometimes, and they sometimes hybridize). I’ve seen Marrubium growing as an “escape” or roadside weed in Arizona and Texas, but not in New Jersey. Seems to like almost “desert” conditions. Sorry. But thanks for a good question!

    Karl A.

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