- To .75m tall, glabrous, 4-angled, from creeping rhizomes.
- Opposite, sessile or on very short petioles, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, toothed, to +7cm long, 3cm wide, glabrous above, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent below, very fragrant.
- Terminal spike of floral whorls (verticillasters). Bracts accompanying clusters linear, not longer than clusters.
- Corolla white to light lavender (lilac), 2-3mm long, 4-lobed, regular. Calyx 1.5-2mm long, 5-lobed, pubescent.
- June - October.
- Moist to wet ground.
- Native to Europe.
- This is the familiar "Spearmint" used to flavor teas, candies, and other products. The leaves give off the very distinctive scent when crushed.
The plant is a vigorous grower and is cultivated worldwide. It can be easily grown by the home gardener if moist soil is provided.
Photograph taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 9-2-99.