Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Dittany

Cunila origanoides
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Lavender
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Dittany by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
16
inches

Spread:

12 to
16
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
16
inches
Spread: 12 to
16
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
16
inches
Spread: 12 to
16
inches
Typical Landscape Use
In dry, shaded gardens, for late season interest.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

A small mint plant that is habitually orderly and clean in appearance. By September and October, will be only 12 to 16 inches tall and wide and covered in small heart-shaped leaves and tiny pinkish lavender flowers. Frost flowers (large and ornate ice crystals) form at the base of the frozen stems in late October and November.

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