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Posted by leonardusius 6a (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 11:42

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


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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


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Here are the leaf photo.


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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 ...


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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.


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


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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