Cunila origanoides (American Dittany) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these for experienced seed-starters only. My supply is small (just one packet this year), because the seeds are tiny and very difficult to pick out of the chaff. Little wonder that you rarely find them for sale! There isn’t much information available about starting them, either. I started mine by surface-sowing them in a pot in January and leaving it outdoors; they started sprouting in late March. I don’t know that the chilling period is required, though. You could try surface-sowing the seeds in warm, bright conditions and see if seedlings appear within a month or so; if not, consider giving the pot a refrigerator-chilling period for a month or two before moving it back to a warm, bright place. Once you get the plant growing in your garden, it can 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. A 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.

2020 supply sold out. Fresh seed should be available in September or October 2021. At least 20 seeds.

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