Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Mentha spicata L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Richard Bauer

Caroline A. Creevey

Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Marion Sheehan
Family Lamiaceae
Mentha spicata L.
Mentha: Latin name for an unfortunate Greek nymph named Mentha who got herself turned into a mint plant, and a genus of culinary herbs named after her, this is one of the oldest plant names still in use
spicata: spiked
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Status: Introduced - escaped
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, aromatic forb; square stems
Flower: pink, 1/8" long, 4 stamens slightly longer than petals; flower drawing inflorescence 1"-4 1/2" long, slender, with dense whorls forming a terminal spike sometimes separated at the base; blooms July-Oct.
Fruit:1-seeded nutlet
Leaf:opposite, stalkless, toothed
Habitat: wet; meadows, streambanks

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Mentha cordifolia auct.
Mentha viridis L.

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