American dittany (Cunila origanoides, sometimes listed as C. oreganoides) is an overlooked eastern American native offering both flowers and fragrance. It grows in bushy clumps that reach about 1 foot tall, with slender, dark stems that carry small, green, aromatic leaves (sort of oregano mixed with thyme) and clusters of dainty, lavender-pink blooms that flower in mid- or late summer to early fall, much to the delight of a variety of bees. The foliage may develop some fall color. Another bonus feature of this little charmer is its ability to produce “frost flowers” (intriguingly curled projections of ice from the base of its stems in late fall to winter). It can grow in full sun to partial shade; average to dry soil. Perennial; Zones 5 to 8.
Collected in early to mid October 2022. At least 20 seeds. Ecotype unknown.
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