Wildflowers: Some sort of mint

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  1. Jon45150

    Jon45150 Active Member

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    We have dozens of these plants all over our property growing in part shade.

    The leaves surrounding the flowers look like they are painted white. The plant has a pleasant mint smell when crushed.

    Anybody know what they could be?
     

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    It doesn't look like a mint to me, but I can be wrong. Could you post a picture of the whole plant and leaf arrangement? Are the stems square? Do the plants spread by stolons?
     
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    Think the OP may have meant Lamiaceae rather than Mentha per se.
     
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    It has a mint odor when crushed. The stems are square, and you can see this in one of these photos (I zoomed in on the stem).
     

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    Today I stumbled into a more likely candidate for this plant:

    http://www.pbase.com/ronmetcalfe/image/96313424

    Pycnanthemum loomisii (Loomis' Mountain Mint)

    One of the descriptions I read on the internet that most matched the plant was "leaves look as if dusted with white powder" which describes this plant exactly. When I saw the leaves I initially thought they were coated in very fine pollen, but the leaves just naturally look this way.
     
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