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, 4"-32" tall, aromatic forb; square stems
Leaves: opposite, short-stalked, toothed, with a pointed tip
Flowers: pink to white, 1/8"-1/4" long, 4 stamens slightly longer than the petal; inflorescence dense, whorled clusters distinctly separated along the stem; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: wet; meadows, shores, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = FACW USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Wetland Plants: Photos, descriptions, information USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"