Cunila origanoides (American Dittany) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these only for experienced seed-starters, because there isn’t much information available about germinating them. 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 an artificial chilling period of a month or two before moving it back to a warm, bright place. Once you get the plant 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. 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.

Collected in early October 2021. At least 20 seeds.

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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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