|Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Petal arrangement: The Giant Hyssop has clusters of purple flowers with purple bracts that grow in spikes. The yellow stamens protrude out of the flower. The flower has 4 parts. Each flower is very small, about 1/8 to1/4 inch or about 1/2 to1 cm long.
Leaf arrangement: The leaves are opposite and toothed. They grow up the stem, and often little leaves grow from the same spot as the big leaves. The leaves are lance-shaped and are often concave. They grow to be anywhere from 1 to 4 inches or 3 to 14 cm long.
Size, Location, Season: The grow to be 2 to 5 feet or 60 to 150 cm tall. They grow in moist areas, woods and thickets. They are found from Western Ontario, east to Vermont and south. They grow from July to September.
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|**Found behind the Kosow Biochemistry Building at Brandeis University in mid September.|