Mentha arvensis

Field Mint

Stems upright, leafy. Plant strongly mint-scented. Stem square, slightly hairy, branched. Leaves 1–3 in., opposite, egg-shaped with sharp point, saw-toothed, hairy; lower leaves on short petioles; upper leaves sessile. Flowers in clusters around stem; calyx with 5 lobes; petal tube white, pink, or violet, with 4 equal lobes. Grows in moist places, along streams, near lakes or in fields, at low to mid-elevations. Plants, both native and European, now circumboreal. Used by Native Americans as a tea.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--30 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Moist Riverbanks, Meadow
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Steens, Siskiyous, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes