Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Mentha arvensis
Wild Mint
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

An aromatic perennial herb, growing to a height of 15 - 80 cm.

Wild Mint Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 2 - 7.5 cm long, broadly lanceolate, sharply toothed, strongly aromatic. Flowers: tiny, white, pale pink, or lavender, bell-shaped; 4-lobed corolla barely >6 mm long and 3 mm wide; nearly radially symmetrical, the upper lobe broader and notched at tip; 4 stamens.


Circumboreal; common throughout Eurasia and North America; in moist soil conditions, especially along streams.


The leaves of the Wild Mint can be used for flavouring sauces, jellies, and beverages.

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