Plant Details

Meehania cordata

Meehan's Mint, Creeping Mint, Meehania

Scientific Name:

Meehania cordata

Common Name:

Meehan's Mint, Creeping Mint, Meehania

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


NC Native



Habitat Description:

“Moist, rocky, forested slopes, especially in rich boulderfield forests. A Central and Southern Appalachian endemic” (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


"Meehania cordata, commonly called Meehan’s mint or creeping mint, is a stoloniferous, mat-forming mint that resembles in appearance the common lawn and garden weed known as gill-over-the-ground or ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), but it does not exhibit the very aggressive tendencies of the latter...This is a low-growing perennial with trailing square stems and opposite broadly heart shaped green leaves (to 1” long) with crenate margins. Hooded, two-lipped, lavender blue flowers bloom in mid to late spring. Flowers (to 1” long) are somewhat large for the plant, appearing in upright 3-inch spikes on stems rising to 4-6” tall." Missouri Botanical Garden,

Blooming Plant


New River State Park

Close-up of Flower





USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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