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Clustered Bushmint        Hyptis alata

The Clustered Bushmint, also known as the Musky Mint due to its odor when crushed, is a short-lived perennial that grows to a height of 2-3 feet or more.  This native plant is found in the southeastern states from Texas to North Carolina.  In Florida, it is found throughout the state.  Its habitat is wetlands, prairies, moist ditches, pond margins, and wet flatwoods.

The dark green lance-shaped leaves are attached oppositely to a square stem.  The leaves vary in length from 1.5-4 inches and in width from 0.5-1.5 inches.  The leaves, which have coarsely toothed edges, have a slight wavy appearance.

The flower heads emerge from leaf axils on short stalks.  The heads are large round green clusters of flowers, about 0.5-1 inch in diameter, are cupped in leafy green bracts.  The many small flowers are white with faint lavender spots.  Each flower has 4 stamens that extend beyond the lip.  The flowers bloom from May-November. Bees and butterflies are attracted to these flowers.  

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County during the last week of November.

The range distribution maps for the Clustered Bushmint are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).