(a "wolf's foot, from some fancied likeness of the leaves")
Family, Mint. Color, white. Corolla, nearly equally 4-cleft, bell-shaped. Calyx, with 4 acute, short teeth. 2 good stamens. Leaves, opposite, petioled, the upper sessile, tapering at both ends, regularly toothed, often purple. Flowers, very small, in close whorls around the 4-angled, smooth, stiff, upright stem, much shorter than the leaves among which they nestle. Stem, 20 inches high or less, bearing sometimes from its base thread-like runners with small tubers. July to September.
Bugle Weed (Lycopus virginicus)
Rich soil, often in marshes, New England to Florida. (See illustration, p. 122.)