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Native mints?

Posted by lovenrage northeast (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 18, 12 at 16:43

Hey all, I'm looking for mints that are native to the New England area. From searching I've found Monarda punctata (spotted beebalm) and Pycnanthemum virginianum (virginia mountain mint).

Any others?



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RE: Native mints?

There is our Field mint, Mentha arvensis villosa, which is the only true mint that is native to North America. It is a circumboreal species, meaning it is found all across the Northern hemisphere. Mentha arvensis is represented in our native flora by the subspecies villosa.

RE: Native mints?

Some authorities call our native mint Mentha canadensis. It is supposedly derived from hybridization of M. arvensis and M. longifolia a very long time ago.

RE: Native mints?

There is the mint family, Lamiaceae, which has a number of north american natives - approximately 50 genera are found in North America. But I suspect you are meaning the "minty-fresh," menthol-type plants, correct?


Here is a link that might be useful: Lamiaceae - Mint Family

RE: Native mints?

There's plenty of Monardas alone! Monarda didyma (bee balm), monarda fistulosa (Wild bergamot), and Monarda citriodora (lemon mint, an annual) come to mind. A rather interesting native mint relative is Conradina verticillata (Cumberland rosemary), a plant that looks and smells for all the world like true rosemary (Rosemarinus). It is rare, only found on sandbars in the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee. It is fairly common in the native plant trade, being easily propagated and quite hardy. Definitely worth seeking if you are growing more exotic, unusual natives (Exotic natives- There's a new one!)

RE: Native mints?

I purchased Slender Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) this spring at a native plant sale but still have it in a pot on my patio. I was a little worried that it might spread too much and I couldn't decide where to put it. Some websites say it's aggressive and some say that it isn't.

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