Trichostema brachiatum
(False Pennyroyal)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: False Pennyroyal, Fluxweed, Pennyroyal Bluecurls
    Synonyms: Isanthus brachiatus, Tetraclea viscida
      Lifespan: Annual
      Zones: N/A
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: July - October
      Status: Native

    Trichostema brachiatum, or False Pennyroyal, is native to most of the eastern half of the United States, and is also rare in the southwest. It is an annual that grows in fields, meadows, prairies, along roadsides and railroads and in glades. It blooms from mid summer into fall, with purple-blue flowers.

    This plant looks similar to several other members of the mint family. More information will be posted at a later time about differentiating other species, but it is perhaps most easy to distinguish by its hairiness, its opposite leaves and the fact that its flowers come out on a stalk from where the leaves meet the stem - also known as the leaf axil.

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