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Friday - April 13, 2012

From: San Marcos, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Herbs/Forbs
Title: Hyptis alata information for San Marcos TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

We saw a plant called Hyptis olata at the WFC plant sale today and cannot find it in the NPIN list. THis is a new one to us. Can you tell us something about it? THanks.

ANSWER:

Here you go: Hyptis alata (Clustered bushmint). I think the misspelling of the species name (olata instead of alata) was what threw you.

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