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; 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
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACW+ WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin invasive species including decription, habitats, control methods USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"