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Hyptis alata (Clustered bushmint)
Fannon, Carolyn

Hyptis alata

Hyptis alata (Raf.) Shinners

Clustered bushmint

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Hyptis alata var. stenophylla, Hyptis radiata

USDA Symbol: hyal

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Clustered bushmint is a shrubby species with a musky mint odor that grows up to 4 feet tall. The interesting round flower heads appear in the summer and fall. The small white flowers are spotted with purple

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Inflorescence: Head
Size Notes: 2-3 ft or more
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov

Distribution

USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX
Native Habitat: Freshwater wetlands of the southeastern United States and West Indies.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: This shrub mint usually grows in acidic, sandy soils

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Also attracts bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Deer Resistant: Moderate

Propagation

Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds , Softwood Cuttings

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MLE-45 Collected 2010-10-10 in Hardin County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hyptis alata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hyptis alata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hyptis alata

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2014-01-31
Research By: Sean Watson

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