In search of flowers in the Northeast

Category: Lamiaceae

Mint Family: Lamiaceae

So many delicious herbs in this group including spearmint, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, and oregano. Makes me hungry! But the family has other not-so-tasty members common to our gardens and window boxes like coleus, wild bergamot, and lamium. Distinguished by square stalks, opposite leaves, often aromatic, with irregular flowers with five fused petals presenting themselves with two lobes up and three lobes down.