Family, Mint. Color, blue. Calyx, 2-cleft, the 3 upper teeth longer than the 2 lower. Corolla, tubular, 2-lipped, the lobes all linear. Stamens, with long, curved filaments which project far out of the flower. Flowers, pedicelled,

2 or 3 together, with bracts under the peduncles, making loose panicles. Leaves, lance-shaped to oblong, the lower petioled, entire. Stem, 4 to 8 inches high, clammy, viscid, glandular, with a not wholly agreeable fragrance. July to October.

Dry fields, almost a weed. By a twisting of the pedicels the flower becomes inverted. (See illustration, p. 334.)

T. lineare. - Color, blue, and flowers like the last. Leaves, linear, sessile, 1/2 to 2 inches long. Stem, smooth, slender, branched above. Fruit of this and the preceding species 4 well-marked nutlets. July and August.

Near the coast, dry, sandy fields and pine barrens, Connecticut to Georgia and Louisiana.

Blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum)

Blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum)