|Photo taken by Michelle Smith at Jonathan Dickinson State Park|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons|
|Family:||Lamiaceae ⁄ Labiatae|
| Piloblephis rigida|
(W. Bartram ex Benth.) Raf.
|Natural range of Piloblephis rigida from USDA NRCS Plants Database.|
Common names: Wild pennyroyal, Florida pennyroyal
Synonyms: Pycnothymus rigidus (Bartram ex Bentham) Small; Satureja rigida Bartram ex Bentham
This is a short lived perennial species with thin woody stems and needle-like leaves that give off a pennyroyal smell when crushed. The 2-lipped flowers are purple with dark purple spots on the lower tips, arranged in dense, showy clusters.
It is found in peninsular Florida, some counties in Georgia, and a few western Bahamas islands.
Seen flowering late December 2015 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on the Kitching Creek Trail by Michelle Smith; very abundant.
The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Piloblephis rigida at Archbold Biological Station: 
Halictidae: Agapostemon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Lasioglossum miniatulus, L. nymphalis
Megachilidae: Megachile brevis pseudobrevis
Sphecidae: Oxybelus laetus fulvipes
Conservation and management
Cultivation and restoration
The Miccosukee and Seminole Indians made tea and flavored soups and used it to repel insects.
References and notes
- []Florida Wildflower Foundation. Accessed: February 20, 2016
- []Eat the Weeds. Accessed: February 20, 2016
- [] Native Florida Wildflowers. Accessed: February 20, 2016
- Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Cecil R. Slaughter. States and Counties: Florida: Osceola. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
- Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.