Pycnanthemum torei is a perennial herb to 1.5 m, stem branched above, usually with short axillary branches also.
Leaves opposite, narrowly lance-shaped, thin, margin sparsely toothed, to 5 cm long 1.2 cm wide, pointed at both ends.
Flowers white with purple spots, bilaterally symmetrical, tubular, 2-lipped, lower lip 3-lobed, calyx lobes to 0.15 cm. inflorescence of numerous small heads, in clusters at tips of stems, outer, basal bracts of head narrow, velvety above, inner bracts numerous; blooming June-Sept.
Fruit dry nutlets.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Rare (Global, G2; NYS S1, E).
Habitat: Open woods, dry soil.
Notes: Almost identical to P. verticillata and often included with it (see below).