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Musky mint, Clustered bushmint
Hyptis alata
Lamiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 2-4 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Greater Antilles.
Habitats:
Pinelands and prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained sandy or calcareous soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Attracts insect pollinators.


 


Roger L. Hammer
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Keith A. Bradley
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Steven W. Woodmansee