#168 Northern Bugleweed

Water Horehound/Bugleweed – Lycopus (possibly L. uniflorus)

15 August

A genus in the family Lamiaceae – the mint family. They are all herbaceous plants native to Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. The species are most often found in wetlands, damp meadows, and stream banks. Some of the wetland species have become endangered. It blooms in late summer and is found in much of North America

Perennial species; they spread by both seeds and stems rooting as they grow along the ground. Small white flowers bloom in late summer on leaf axials. Leaves are bright green, pointed, lobed, and like all mints occur in opposite pairs. Some species start with curled purple leaves that unfurl to a bright green coloration. The species in this genus vary in size, but generally grow to about 3–4 feet.

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