Botanical name: Blephilia hirsuta
Blephilia hirsuta is a herbaceous species of North American origin. Common in forested areas of Eastern States of the United States of America, this perennial is characterized by the foliage and stems particularly tomentose, hence the name "hirsuta".
Wiping the leaves emit an intense aroma reminiscent of many species of the genus Mentha. As in the case of those species, the foliage of Blephilia hirsuta is ideal for preparing infusions, aromatic drinks or as an addition to desserts. The use of foliage with medicinal purposes was also widely practiced by the Cherokee, Native American people, as a cure for headaches.
Particularly striking is the profuse flowering of this species. The flowers, white dotted by dark purple, are visited by bees and butterflies.