American GermanderTeucrium canadense
Lamiaceae or Mint Family

Flower Spike Low plant, 1 to 4 inches tall. Leaves oval to lance-shaped, toothed, opposite each other. Flowers pale purple in dense spikes. Petals fused into and odd-shaped, broad, prominent balcony. Stamens protrude almost straight upward from base of flower. Blooms in summer

A native plant of moist thickets. Fairly common in the floodplain of Connelly's Run, especially near the Outdoor Classrooom. Easily overlooked under other plants.

The peculiar flower with the long lower lip and the upright stamens is distinctive and easily identify the plant.