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Photo of Ohio horsemint, several blooming stalks

Ohio Horsemint (Downy Wood Mint)

Blephilia ciliata
Square, unbranching stems, opposite leaves, two-lipped flowers, and a mild minty fragrance are clues Ohio horsemint is in the mint family. Tight, rounded flower clusters are stacked atop one another at the stem tips.

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Photo of Ohio horsemint, several blooming stalks

Ohio Horsemint (Downy Wood Mint)

Square, unbranching stems, opposite leaves, two-lipped flowers, and a mild minty fragrance are clues Ohio horsemint is in the mint family. Tight, rounded flower clusters are stacked atop one another at the stem tips.

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Self-Heal (Heal-All)

Prunella vulgaris
A square-stemmed plant with opposite leaves, self-heal bears two-lipped blue, lavender, or violet flowers in a cylindrical head. We have two varieties of self-heal in Missouri, one native and one introduced.

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Self-Heal (Heal-All)

A square-stemmed plant with opposite leaves, self-heal bears two-lipped blue, lavender, or violet flowers in a cylindrical head. We have two varieties of self-heal in Missouri, one native and one introduced.

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Self-Heal (Heal-All)

Self-heal grows in low and open woods, along streams, forest borders, waste places, fields, and along roads and railroads. It has a long history of medicinal use in the Old World and in America.

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Slender Mountain Mint

Slender mountain mint has smooth, square stems, opposite, narrow leaves, and dense heads of 2-lipped white (or lavender) flowers. Aromatic and minty, it can be grown at home in the herb garden, and its leaves used for seasoning food.

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Slender Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Slender mountain mint has smooth, square stems, opposite, narrow leaves, and dense heads of 2-lipped white (or lavender) flowers. Aromatic and minty, it can be grown at home in the herb garden, and its leaves used for seasoning food.

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Slender Mountain Mint (Blooming)

When slender mountain mint opens its flowers, each has the typical, two-lipped mint configuration: The upper lip is not lobed, and the lower lip has three lobes. The petals are white or pale lavender, often with little purple spots.

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Photo of slender mountain mint flower clusters in bud

Slender Mountain Mint (In Bud)

Even in bud, slender mountain mint catches your eye. It has tightly packed heads of pointed white buds, with long, pointed, nearly linear bracts below the heads. It blooms June–September.

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Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant in prairie

Wild Bergamot (Horsemint)

One way to distinguish wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) from the closely related Bradbury beebalm (M. bradburiana) is to look at growth habit. Wild bergamot’s stems branch off into different flower stalks, while Bradbury beebalm’s stems don’t branch.

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