Growth: Perennial subshrub to 18 inches
The genus name Cunila is from the Greek konilee for marjoram and the species name origanoides is from Origanum, resembling oregano. The common name, dittany, is from the similarities between this plant and Origanum dictamnus, dittany of Crete. O. dictamnus is quite similar in size and appearance, including delicate purple to pinkish flowers and fragrance.
Historically, the plant was used as a stimulant and tonic to act on the nervous system. The Cherokee used the plant as an analgesic for headache, a cold remedy, snakebite remedy, febrifuge and as a gynecological aid to induce menstruation.