[Clinopodium vulgare var. diminutum L., more...]
Etymology: Clinopodium: Greek for "bed-foot," referring to flower's likeness to bed-castors
Plants: erect, perennial, 5"-24" tall, aromatic forb; stems square; roots with short stolons
Leaves: opposite, lance-like to ovate, usually less than 3 times as long as wide
Flowers: pink to white, 5-parted, 1/2" long, irregularly tube-shaped; inflorescence of many flowers in rounded, dense, widely separated whorls from the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: shade to partial shade; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"