Hoary Southern Mint - White Leaf Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum albescens - Torrey & A. Gray
Lamiaceae (Mint) Family

Plant is an upright, freely branching, hairy perennial with a rhizome. Preferred habitat is savannas, pine woods, hardwoods and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; whole; on stalks; strongly whitened near top; ovate to lance-like; no teeth (or slightly few) and no lobes; tapering to the tip with sides less than equal; pinched at tip to rounded; highly aromatic when crushed.

Flowers are at the end of the stem and in axillary heads on short stalks. Calyx is lobed; corolla is white to lavender, spotted with purple; four stamens that usually extend beyond the corolla. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is an ovary with two or more seed chambers.

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