Hyptis alata

clustered bushmint, cluster bushmint, desert-lavender
Family

Lamiaceae

Leaf Arrangement

opposite

Leaf Attachment

petiolate, sessile

Leaf Margin

crenate, serrate

Leaf Type

simple

Leaf Shape

lanceolate, ovate, rhombic

Growth Form

forb

Flower Color

white

Flower Month

May - November

Height (meters)

0.4 - 3.0

Milky Sap

No

Armed/Unarmed

Unarmed

Origin

native

Lifespan

perennial

Growing Season

Warm season


Wetland Class

OBL

Wetland Coefficient of Conservatism

5

Prairie Coefficient of Conservatism

5

Field Characters

Flowers white spotted with lavender.

Cultural Information

Freshly harvested seeds germinate well. Harvest by removing the brown, ripe heads and placing in paper bags. The bags should be stored for 1-2 weeks in a cool, dry location to dry, then shaken vigorously. The heads are then removed and only the seeds remain. Store in a cool dry location. Plant in the fall or spring. Seeds average approximately 1,600,000 seeds/lb.

Natural History

The Acadian French name for cluster bushmint is "herbe a bouton," referring to its button-like inflorescence. It grows in low pinelands, seepage areas, swamps, marshes, and prairies of Louisiana and southeast Texas.

Habitat

Low woods, savannahs, low pinelands, seepage areas, swamps, marshes, and ditches.