Cunila origanoides (American Dittany) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these only for seed starters who have experience with seeds that require a chilling period to germinate.

Surface-sow the seeds in fall to midwinter and leave the pot outdoors to get a natural chilling period. (I started mine by sowing in January; they began sprouting in late March.) If you sow after midwinter, I suggest giving the pot of sown seeds an artificial chilling period of about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place. Once you get American dittany growing in your garden, it may self-sow.

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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. Shipping to US addresses only.

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1 review for Cunila origanoides (American Dittany) [20 Seeds]

  1. Kelly Andrews (verified owner)

    My experience suggests that cold stratification IS required after all! I sowed them without chilling, and they didn’t sprout so I put the trays in the fridge for a month. When I took them out, they started germinating in less than a week.

    No comments yet on the plants themselves since they are still teeny seedlings!

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