Hyptis alata (Raf.) Shinners
Hyptis alata (Raf.) Shinners var. stenophylla Shinners
Hyptis radiata Willd.
Musky Mint, Clustered Bushmint
Musky mint, named for its musky odor, is native throughout the southeastern United States, along with Cuba, Argentina, southern Brazil, and Paraguay. It favors wetlands, prairies, pond and lake margins, and flatwoods.
Plants: Short-lived perennial 24-36" (60-91 cm) tall, with square stems.
Leaves: Opposite, lanceolate, with serrated edges, 1½-4" (3.8-10 cm) long.
Flowers: Flowers emerge from leaf axils, on short stalks. They are rounded, with an asymmetric calyx. The corolla has one lip, pink to lavendar, and four stamens that extend beyond the corolla. There are five white, hairy sepals beneath the flower dome. Flowers appear from May to November.
Fruits: An ovary, with two more more seed chambers.
Hyptis alata on wildflowers.jdcc.edu
Hyptis alata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Hyptis alata on regionalconservation.org
Hyptis alata on Wikipedia
Hyptis alata on the Encyclopedia of Life
Hammer, Roger L., Everglades Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Historic Everglades, including Big Cypress, Corkscrew, and Fakahatchee Swamps, Falcon Guides, Rowan and Littlefield, 2014, p. 194
Hyptis alata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.