Lycopus amplectens

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Common name: clasping water horehound [1]

Lycopus amplectens
Lycopus amplectens AH.jpg
Photo by © Arthur Haines, New England Wild Flower Society
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Lycopus
Species: L. amplectens
Binomial name
Lycopus amplectens
Natural range of Lycopus amplectens from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: L. amplectens var. pubens (Britton) Fernald; L. pubens Britton; L. sessilifolius A. Gray

Varieties: none


L. amplectens is a perennial forb/herb of the Lamiaceae family native to North America. [1]


L. amplectens is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Mississippi to Massachusetts, as well as Indiana. [1]



L. amplectens proliferates in clay-based Carolina bays and other moist habitats. [2] Specimens have been colelcted from longleaf pine savanna and sandy loam of open field.[3]

Conservation and Management

L. amplectens is listed as a special concern species by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and as endangered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Nature Preserves and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program. [1]

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Bert Pittman, Kathy Boyle. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla) Georgia (Thomas) South Carolina (Lee)