Etymology: Hedeoma: from the Greek hedus, "sweet," and osme, "odor," an ancient name for a strongly aromatic mint
Plants: erect, annual, 1"-16" tall forb, slightly aromatic; stems square, usually unbranched or branched only at the base
Leaves: opposite, toothless, linear, finely hairy, stalkless
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/8" long; inflorescence of distinctly spaced whorls from the leaf axils; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: dry; inland sands, barrens; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 1 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.