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horehound,aromatic Old World perennial herb (Marrubium vulgare) of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
..... Click the link for more information. family), naturalized in North America. It has woolly white foliage and tiny white clustered flowers and is called the common, or white, horehound. The dried leaves and flower tops were used in making horehound candy and remedies for coughs and colds. The black horehound and the water horehound belong to other genera of the mint family. Horehound is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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In mint family (but not minty tasting, actually kinda bitter), square stems and leaves covered with fine soft hair. Leaves look like wrinkled skin. White woolly flower clusters on upper stem. Expectorant- helps clean up lungs, (phlegm), bronchitis, asthma, colds, sore throats, coughs. Make tea with leaves. Since it’s bitter, its great for stimulating digestion, stomach, gallbladder, liver, jaundice, hepatitis, bile flow. Appetite stimulant.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. a downy perennial herbaceous Old World plant, Marrubium vulgare, with small white flowers that contain a bitter juice formerly used as a cough medicine and flavouring: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. water horehound another name for bugleweed
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