A hardy biennial with ruby coloured flowers in the second year, hounds tongue contains similar properties to comfrey and was used in folk medicine externally, to treat bites and minor injuries.
- Bumble bee herb
- Unusual to grow
- Good for a wildlife garden
This herb can be classed as aromatic although predominately the smell is of mice! It is a favourite with the early bumblebee and the common Carder bee and a good herb to include in a wildlife garden.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Red
- Flowering period: June - August
Typically hounds tongue can be found growing wild in scrub and waste places in the UK, but is more common near the coast. As a biennial herb it produces lots of leaf in the first year of life and the ruby coloured flowers in the following summer. Hounds tongue seed can be collected or be left to self-seed – be warned, the seeds are extremely good at attaching onto clothes and pet hair.
Although hounds tongue has a long history of use in folk medicine, it is rarely used now. The root harvested in the spring of the second year was used to treat diarrhoea and dysentery and the fresh leaves as an external poultice for inflammation and irritation. The leaves can also be rubbed onto insect bites.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.