Mentha arvensis (Wild Mint) - photos and description

Mentha arvensis
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Mentha arvensis

Mentha arvensis

Mentha arvensis

General: Erect plants with simple stems, rhizomatous. Stems square, glabrous at bottom of stem, pubescent towards top of stem. Plants have a strong minty aroma.

Flowers: Flowers mauve in colour in whorls in leaf axils, flowers measured to 5 mm in length.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, serrate, lanceolate to elliptical, having short petioles. We measured a large leaf blade at 9.5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Leaves are pubescent below with short hairs, and sparsely hairy above.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 55 cm tall.

Habitat: Sloughs, ditches, and wet places across Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 21st, beaver swamp, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 300 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.