Erect Catmint
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Erect Catmint
ative Photo: Debashis
Common name: Erect Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta erecta    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Erect Catmint is a wildflower found in the forests and open slopes of the Himalayas, at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Flowers are large, blue to blue-purple, with a curved flower-tube much enlarged at the mouth and with a large lower lip, borne in separated whorls. The whorls are subtended by longer leaves. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm long. Sepal tube is 1 cm long with triangular sepals much shorter than the tube. Leaves are stalked, triangular to oblong-heart-shaped, with pointed or blunt teeth, 3-6 cm long. The plant is 1-3 ft tall, with softly hairy erect stem. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Himachal Pradesh.
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