Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2846

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in (GA) (NC) (SC)

Uncommon

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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

 

full sun ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pale pink or purplish
Bisexual
Almost radially symmetrical
5-toothed calyx
4-lobed corolla
4 exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Mentha Xpiperita var. piperita   FAMILY Lamiaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mentha Xpiperita [aquatica X spicata]   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 164-32-007:
Mentha piperita   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic synthesis of North America (Kartesz 2010). Biota of N. America (BONAP)
Mentha Xpiperita var. piperita

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Mentha piperita

 

COMMON NAME:
Peppermint


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image of Mentha Xpiperita var. piperita

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mecr6_001_lvd

        

image of Mentha Xpiperita var. piperita

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mepi_002_lvd

        

image of Mentha Xpiperita var. piperita

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.