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Poliomintha incana (Frosted mint)
Anderson, Wynn

Poliomintha incana

Poliomintha incana (Torr.) A. Gray

Frosted Mint, Hoary Rosemary-mint, Mintbush

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Hedeoma incana

USDA Symbol: POIN3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Hoary rosemary-mint or mintbush is a 2-3 1/2 ft., aromatic shrub covered with short, white hairs throughout. Deciduous leaves are small and narrow. Flowers occur in small, axillary clusters toward the ends of the branches and are pale purplish-blue and tubular.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , TX , UT
Native Distribution: W. TX to s.w. CO, s. to n. Mex.; collected at one s.e. CA location
Native Habitat: Sandy desert areas from 4000-6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-06-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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