Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Read more about Mentha at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-32-007:
Mentha piperita FAMILY Lamiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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Terry Holdsclaw tdh_m_x_piperita_piperita
July Currituck County NC
Flowers in thick compact spikes. Lvs smooth, lanceolate, w 1/8-1/4" petioles, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Uncommon in Mountains, in NC, & in SC Piedmont (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
- Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
- Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
- Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
Leaves have petioles.
Pale pink or purplish
Almost radially symmetrical
4 exserted stamens
Schizocarp of mericarps
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005) p220
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p143
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