Hedeoma pulegioides
(American Pennyroyal)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: American Pennyroyal, American False Pennyroyal
    Synonyms: Cunila pulegioides, Melissa pulegioides, Ziziphora pulegioides
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Hedeoma pulegioides, or American Pennyroyal, is native to most of the eastern US except the extreme south. It is an annual that grows in open woods, pastures, old fields and prairies and along streambanks. It has a very strong minty odor, but it isn't just mint - the aroma is hard to describe, but it is almost a sweet mint. This aids in identification.

Most of the 17 Hedeoma species in the US are from the southwest; three have wider distributions: Hedeoma pulegioides, Hedeoma hispida and Hedeoma drummondii. More information will be added soon on differentiating them.

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