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leonardusius(6a)July 30, 2014

Hi,
Is this Peppermint ? What kind ? Found on a marsh meadow and the whole plant smell like peppermint....is this good to dry and use for tea ?

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CaraRose

I'd need some larger pics of the leaves. I'm leaning towards hyssop

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 11:57AM
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leonardusius(6a)

Nope, after searching matching the characteristics I'm lean towards mentha spicata. Maybe I'm wrong. Thank you.

This post was edited by leonardusius on Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 7:54

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:50AM
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leonardusius(6a)

Here are the leaf photo.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:53AM
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esh_ga

I don't know myself, but if that is a wild area, does it seem like that the non-native mentha spicata would be there? I know things do get around ...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:03AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Definitely a mint, Mentha sp., rather than Hyssop. I don't know what would be native in your region. Mentha spicata doesn't smell of peppermint and the flowers don't look quite right, although it is variable.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:10PM
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CaraRose

I have a yard full of spearmint, I know it's variable but I don't believe this is that.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:36PM
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CaraRose

I'm thinking it might be water mint, which would make sense for the habitat.

Non-native to the USA. Finding it on a few invasive lists.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:39PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The leaves of Mentha aquatica are more rounded as are the flower heads. Mints do hybridise so it ma not be a species.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:56PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

I don't know what mints may be found in Romania, but that does look like Mentha citrata to me, which is supposedly somewhat related to Mentha aquatica. You can use a magnifying glass to see if the calyx has double, vertical rows of light-colored glands. Those glands would be indicative of M. citrata, which is sometimes called Bergamot Mint.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:45PM
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esh_ga

Oh, jekeesl, thanks for bringing us back to sanity - not sure how many of us checked the poster's page to see that he was in Romania.

Listing the location of the plant in the first post - always a good thing.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 7:55AM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Yeah, I wouldn't have even attempted an ID, except many of the mints around the world have been widely shared by nurseries and enthusiasts.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:47PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I think I would go for Mentha spicata after all, now I've been reminded it's in Europe. Or possibly a M spicata /aquatica hybrid. The leaves look right for spicata but the flowers are rather blunt. Returning to the original tea question I wouldn't hesitate. It's not Pennyroyal which is the one to avoid. I've made tea from M aquatica and it tastes fine - if you like mint tea. Just as good as M spicata. But, personally, I prefer it in Mojito form.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 7:51AM
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