This herb is something of a mystery. I purchased it a few years ago at a local native plant nursery because I had read that it was a good plant to attract pollinators. It was labeled only as *mountain mint* and I've not been able to figure out today what variety I have. It looks like it might be short-toothed mountain mint, but I'm not very sure of that.
It's a nondescript plant and doesn't *do* much more than you see in these pics - no big showy flowers here. Just these tiny white ones that seem mostly to attract equally tiny flying insects that I can't identify. It's growing among the swamp milkweed, joe pye weed, and bee balm so it tends to disappear among its more showy neighbors. I like the cool green color of the foliage.
I found quite a few references to the medicinal properties of this plant and one reference stated that it was believed by Native Americans to have strong medicine capable of *reviving the dead*.
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