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Hyptis alata (Clustered bushmint)
Stuart, Will

Hyptis alata

Hyptis alata (Raf.) Shinners

Clustered Bushmint

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

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


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Inflorescence: Head
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


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


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


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds , Softwood Cuttings

National Wetland Indicator Status

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

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: Sean Watson

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