Pycnanthemum virginianum

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Virginia mountain-mint
Pycnanthemum virginianum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pycnanthemum
Species: P. virginianum
Binomial name
Pycnanthemum virginianum
(L.) T. Durand & B. D. Jacks. ex B. L. Rob. & Fernald

Pycnanthemum virginianum, the Virginia or common mountain-mint,[1] is a plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a herbaceous plant with narrow, opposite, simple leaves, on wiry, green stems. The flowers are white with purplish spotting, borne in summer. Like most plants in the genus, the foliage has a strong mint fragrance when crushed or disturbed. It is native to the eastern United States and eastern Canada.[2][3]

The flowers are visited by many insects, including honeybees, cuckoo bees, sweat bees, thread-waisted wasps, potter wasps, tachinid flies, wedge-shaped beetles, and pearl crescent butterflies.[4]


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