Meehania cordata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, gravel/rock

Height: 1"-6"

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: purple, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: colonizing, creeping, mat-forming, naturalizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flowers of Meehania cordata (Meehania cordata)
  • Flowers of Meehania cordata (Meehania cordata)
  • Flowers of Meehania cordata (Meehania cordata)
  • Flowers of Meehania cordata (Meehania cordata)
  • Flowers of Meehania cordata (Meehania cordata)

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Meehania cordata

Also known as:

Meehan's mint


heart leaf meehania


heart-leafed meehania

Scientific Synonyms:


Meehania cordata's flowers are pale purple 1" in length and distinctly mint-like in their tubular asymmetrical form. Compact and low growing, it will form mats with relatively large flowers atop 4" stems. It is native to the Mid-Atlantic woodlands.


Meehan's mint forms low-growing, dense mats, and will colonize via stolons, but is not invasive like its introduced cousin Glechoma hederaccea (gill over the ground, ground ivy). It is very adaptable, and not particular about soil pH. It will tolerate more light where the soil is kept consistently moist. It makes an ideal shade garden ground cover and weed suppressant. Blooms May to July. Zone 5-7


Propagate by division

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: PA
  • Threatened: TN


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Meehania meehania
Species Meehania cordata Meehan's mint