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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Hedeoma drummondii - Drummond's false pennyroyal

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Lamiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: This is a hairy perennial herb with an erect form up to 18 inches tall. It is very aromatic and minty. Leaf edges are often rolled inward and the leaves, stems and flower bracts (calyx) are covered with short, fine hairs that have their tips bent over.
Identification notes: At maturity the calyx teeth come together and close the floral tube.
Height: 4 to 15 inches


Habitat Description: Rocky, gravelly slopes, caliche, limestone embankments and well-drained loamy floodplains.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bluish-purple to pinkish-purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: The inflorescence arises from the leaf axils, bearing 3 to 7 flowers each. Flowers average 1/2 inch in length. The flowers are generally bluish to rose-purple with some white markings.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The oppositely arranged paired leaves are linear to narrowly oval in shape, pointed, and less than 1/2 inch long. The leaves have a strong sweet mint scent when crushed. The back of the leaf is pitted (foveate).

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brownish   
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: The fruit is a waxy, sticky nutlet.
Seed Notes: Small brown seeds are egg-shaped, 1 to 4 per nutlet.

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