American false pennyroyal American False-Pennyroyal
Hedeoma pulegioides (L.) Pers. (Lamiaceae)

Common Names
American pennyroyal, American false-pennyroyal, mock pennyroyal, pennyroyal, pennyroyal of America, pudding grass, squaw mint, stinking balm, thickweed, tickweed.

Description
A branched annual that grows to 18 inches in height. Leaves are erect, hairy, small, and ovate, with the broad end at the base. Produces clusters of aromatic, tiny, bluish flowers about inch long.

Flowering Period
July to September.

Habitat
Dry soils, woodlands, pastures, and meadows.

Harvest
Leaves, flowering tops and small stems in full bloom; plants just before flowering.

Uses
This herb is used as an antispasmodic, rubifacient, and stimulant. A tea is used in Appalachia for treating pneumonia.

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