Hedeoma pulegioides American pennyroyal Lamiaceae HEPU; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);

  

Hedeoma pulegioidesWilliam S. Justice @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

Hedeoma pulegioides.© William S. Justice @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution (Accessed 4/2014).

Hedeoma pulegioides is an annual herb to 40 cm tall, stem branched, curly-hairy, especially above. 

Leaves opposite, elliptic to egg-shaped, 1-3 cm long, margin sometimes toothed, main leaves stalked. 

Flowers blue, tubular, bilaterally symmetrical, to 0.5 cm long, weakly 2-lipped, upper lip erect, notched, scarcely longer than calyx, calyx tubular, ribbed, 2-lipped, lips 0.2 cm, ovary superior, 4-parted; inflorescence of small whorls in upper leaf axils; blooms and fruits July-Sept. 

Fruit dry, of 4 1-seeded nutlets. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Upland woods. 

Notes: Plant smells and tastes like the European pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium).