How to Grow Dittany Of Crete (Amaracus dictamnus)
- Plant: perennial, hardy to 15 Deg
- Height: 30cm
- Soil: average, well drained
- Exposure: sun
- Propagation: seeds, cuttings
- Uses: culinary, ground cover
With its soft, round, downy leaves and minutely detailed flowers,
dittany is a highly ornamental plant. Its slender, arching stems, each
about a foot long, have opposite pairs of thick rounded leaves that look
somewhat like beads on a string. Leaves are only 1-2cm long and are
covered with a white, woolly hair. The tiny, rather inconspicuous
flowers are pink to purplish in color and grow at the ends of the stems
from summer through fall. The hop-like flower bracts hold on for a long
time in the fall and are the most ornamental part.
Dittany used to be very highly regarded as a cure for wounds. Venus
was supposed to have given the plant to Aeneas during the Trojan Wars to
cure his soldiers, and afterwards people said that it was able to remove
iron and splinters from any wound and cure it immediately.
Full sun, ordinary well drained garden soil, and routine watering are
satisfactory for dittany. It can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or
root division. This is an especially attractive plant for hanging
containers where it will drape over the sides. It must be brought
indoors during cold winters.
As a culinary herb, dittany can be used in most of the same foods as
marjoram and oregano.
| Anise |
Bee Balm |
Dittany of Crete |
Lemon Balm |
Lemon Verbena |