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Clustered Bushmint

Hyptis alata

Other common name(s):

Family:

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Northern Humid Gulf Coastal Prairies, Texas-Louisiana Coastal Marshes
Flatwoods, Southern Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Herbaceous

Height

2
to
5
ft.

Spread

0.5
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Acid, Moist

Light Requirement

Sun

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Wetland or Riparian

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Seeds, Nectar, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Birds, Bees

Maintenance

Cold and heat tolerant. A short-live perennial. Works well in a wetland or moist prairie. Can withstand short periods of drought. Propagation: Root division, Seed, Softwood cuttings.

Comments

Blooms January-December. A stiff, upright plant with a musky mint odor. Leaves are lance-shaped with serrated margins. Tiny white flowers are spotted with purple and arranged in small, round heads. Attracts butterflies, bees and birds.
Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonym/s: Hyptis alata var. stenophylla, Hyptis radiata

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HYAL. 3) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=13416&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 4) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=32523#null, 5) http://coastalplainplants.org/wiki/index.php/Hyptis_alata
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