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American Bugleweed

Scientific name

Lycopus americanus


American Bugleweed is a wildflower species that grows about 0.5 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common name Water Horehound. The leaves are green, oppositely arranged, lanceolate shaped, and have long spaced out lobes at the base turning into shorter, close together margins at the tip. The flowers are small, white colored, appear in dense whorls where the leaves meet the stem, and bloom between July and September. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies. However, the bitter tasting leaves do not attract mammals.

Planting conditions

American Bugleweed grows best in wet or moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers poorly drained areas with loam or clay soil types. This plant is tolerant to flooding. This wildflower can be naturally found in moist forests, wet fields, swamps, marshes, and along stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5 m
  • Spread:
    • 0.5 m