Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3040

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:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves sessile to short-petiolate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Whitish/Lavender
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 spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Lamiaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mentha spicata   FAMILY Lamiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 164-32-006:
Mentha spicata   FAMILY Lamiaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Mentha spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Spearmint


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image of Mentha spicata var. spicata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mesp3_001_lvd

        

image of Mentha spicata var. spicata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mesp3_004_lvd

        

image of Mentha spicata var. spicata

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org    bug_5387436

Month Unknown        

Spikes more slender than Peppermint's and with a distinctive Spearmint aroma, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Mentha spicata var. spicata

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org    bug_5387436b

Month Unknown        

Petioles of the main leaves 0-3 mm long (vs. 4-15 mm long in M. xpiperita), per Weakley's Flora.