Photographer: Merel R. Black
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
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, aromatic forb; square stems|
|Flower: ||pink, 1/8" long, 4 stamens slightly longer than petals; inflorescence 1"-4 1/2" long, slender, with dense whorls forming a terminal spike sometimes separated at the base; blooms July-Oct.|
|Leaf:||opposite, stalkless, toothed|
|Habitat: ||wet; meadows, streambanks|