(c) Chuck Kugler

Horse Balm, Collinsonia canadensis
Lamiaceae or Mint Family

Upright plant, 2-5 feet tall.  Leaves large, egg-shaped, coarsely toothed, and smelling of citronella when crushed.  Pale yellow, lemon-scented flowers on long, uncrowded stalks.  Flowers are tubular with a fringed lower lip.  Stamens and pistil stick out way beyond the petals.

Native plant of rich woods; in Wildwood prefers the woodland edges.

Easily identified by the large leaves, uncrowded flower spikes and peculiar flower structure.