Mentha spicata L.
Family: Lamiaceae
spearmint
[Mentha cordifolia auct.,  more]
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Etymology: Mentha: Latin name for an unfortunate Greek nymph named Mentha who got herself turned into a mint plant, and a genus of culinary herbs named after her, this is one of the oldest plant names still in use
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, aromatic forb; square stems
Leaves: opposite, stalkless, toothed
Flowers: pink, 1/8" long, 4 stamens slightly longer than petals; flower drawing inflorescence 1"-4 1/2" long, slender, with dense whorls forming a terminal spike sometimes separated at the base; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: wet; meadows, streambanks
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
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Merel R. Black  
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Richard Bauer  
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Kurt Stüber  
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Caroline A. Creevey  
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Marion Sheehan  
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