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Plant Details

Meehania cordata

Meehan's mint, Creeping Mint

Scientific Name:

Meehania cordata

Common Name:

Meehan's mint, Creeping Mint

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Perennial

Habitat Description:

“Moist, rocky, forested slopes; uncommon…A Central and Southern Appalachian endemic.” Weakley 2015

State Rank:

S2 - 6-20 Extant Populations - Imperiled in NC because of rarity or because of some factor(s) making it very vulnerable to extirpation from NC (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - 1000+ Extant Populations - Demonstrably secure in the world (*)

Notes:

"Meehania cordata, commonly called Meehan’s mint or creeping mint, is a stoloniferous, mat-forming mint that resembles in appearance the common lawn and garden weed known as gill-over-the-ground or ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), but it does not exhibit the very aggressive tendencies of the latter...This is a low-growing perennial with trailing square stems and opposite broadly heart shaped green leaves (to 1” long) with crenate margins. Hooded, two-lipped, lavender blue flowers bloom in mid to late spring. Flowers (to 1” long) are somewhat large for the plant, appearing in upright 3-inch spikes on stems rising to 4-6” tall." Missouri Botanical Garden, http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e170

Blooming Plant

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New River State Park

Close-up of Flower

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Foliage

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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