Category: Labiatae

  • Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus)


    Bugleweed is common at the edges of ponds, often dangling over the water. Here we see it framed by the clouds reflected in a pond in the Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)


    Spearmint is especially common in urban yards and vacant lots, where it often escapes from cultivation. The prison isn’t built that can hold spearmint, which can be very invasive once you have it. But it’s such a useful herb that its sloppy manners are easy to forgive.

  • Heal-All (Prunella vulgaris)


    If it lived up to its name, it would be priceless. Heal-all grows at the edge of the woods, or in your lawn, or anywhere else it can find space. It’s a very common weed, but surprisingly beautiful close up. This specimen grew in Bird Park in Mount Lebanon.