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Mentha spicata L.
SPEAR MINT
Spearmint; Garden Mint; Mentha longifolia auct, non (L) Huds; Mentha scotica RA Graham; Mentha cordifolia auct; Mentha longifolia auct non (L) Huds; Mentha sylvestris L; Mentha viridis L

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Mentha spicata, Spearmint
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Mentha spicata, Spearmint

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Aphididae  Ovatus crataegarius @ AMNH_PBI (3); NCSU (18)
Apidae  Bombus bimaculatus @ LACM_ENTB (4)

Bombus ternarius @ UCMS_ENT (1)

Melissodes lustra @ BBSL (2)
Colletidae  Hylaeus polifolii @ UCRC_ENT (1)
Elsinoaceae  Sphaceloma menthae @ BPI (2); 681987B (1); 681987A (1)
Encyrtidae  Copidosoma @ UCRC_ENT (9)
Halictidae  Lasioglossum anomalum @ UCMS_ENT (2)

Lasioglossum ephialtum @ UCMS_ENT (1)

Lasioglossum katherineae @ UCMS_ENT (1)

Lasioglossum leucocomum @ UCMS_ENT (1)

Lasioglossum obscurum @ UCMS_ENT (1)

Lasioglossum titusi @ BBSL (1)

Lasioglossum weemsi @ UCMS_ENT (1)
Megachilidae  Coelioxys edita @ BBSL (1)

Megachile parallela @ BBSL (8)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Ramularia variata @ BPI (1)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia menthae @ 085223B (1); BPI (42); 085223A (1)

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Delaware Wildflowers  •  Scientific names

Mentha spicata L. Spearmint
Lamiaceae — Mint family
Non-native
Mentha spicata Mentha spicata
Yorklyn Road
July 2007

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Mentha spicata L.

Spearmint

Mentha spicata plant

Family - Lamiaceae

Stems - To .75m tall, glabrous, 4-angled, from creeping rhizomes.

Leaves - Opposite, sessile or on very short petioles, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, toothed, to +7cm long, 3cm wide, glabrous above, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent below, very fragrant.

Inflorescence - Terminal spike of floral whorls (verticillasters). Bracts accompanying clusters linear, not longer than clusters.

Flowers - Corolla white to light lavender (lilac), 2-3mm long, 4-lobed, regular. Calyx 1.5-2mm long, 5-lobed, pubescent.

Flowering - June - October.

Habitat - Moist to wet ground.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This is the familiar "Spearmint" used to flavor teas, candies, and other products. The leaves give off the very distinctive scent when crushed.
The plant is a vigorous grower and is cultivated worldwide. It can be easily grown by the home gardener if moist soil is provided.

Photograph taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 9-2-99.


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Mentha spicata L.
spearmint

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General Information
Symbol: MESP3
Group: Dicot
Family: Lamiaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : AK   I
CAN   I
HI   I
L48   I
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Native Status:
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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species . Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements .

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, Berkeley, University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden. March 24, 2004. Usage Requirements .

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection . United States, WA, Seattle. Usage Requirements .

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection . United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, Royal Botanical Garden. Usage Requirements .

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 149. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team . Usage Requirements .

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
MECO7 Mentha cordifolia auct.
MELOM2 Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. mollissima (Borkh.) Rouy
MELOU2 Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. undulata (Willd.) Fiori
MELO8 Mentha longifolia auct. non (L.) Huds.
MESPL Mentha spicata L. var. longifolia
MESPS3 Mentha spicata L. var. spicata spearmint
MESY Mentha sylvestris L.
MEVI7 Mentha viridis L.

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae ⁄ Labiatae – Mint family
Genus Mentha L. – mint
Species Mentha spicata L. – spearmint

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Mentha spicata spearmint This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
SEEPPC Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1996. Invasive exotic pest plants in Tennessee (19 October 1999). Research Committee of the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council. Tennessee.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Hawaii FACU
North America
Alaska FACW
Arid West FACW
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW

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Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MESP3)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MEVI7)
Jepson Interchange (University of California - Berkeley) (MESP3)
Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan - Dearborn) (MESP3)
USF Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (MESP3)
University of Tennessee Herbarium (Distribution) (MESP3)
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium (MESP3)

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Mentha spicata L.
spearmint

Image of Mentha spicata

General Information
Symbol: MESP3
Group: Dicot
Family: Lamiaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : AK   I
CAN   I
HI   I
L48   I
Data Source and Documentation
About our new maps
Plants-NRCS Logos
green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   

Images

click on a thumbnail to view an image, or see all the Mentha thumbnails at the Plants Gallery

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species . Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements .

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, Berkeley, University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden. March 24, 2004. Usage Requirements .

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection . United States, WA, Seattle. Usage Requirements .

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection . United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, Royal Botanical Garden. Usage Requirements .

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 149. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team . Usage Requirements .

slideshow

Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
MECO7 Mentha cordifolia auct.
MELOM2 Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. mollissima (Borkh.) Rouy
MELOU2 Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. undulata (Willd.) Fiori
MELO8 Mentha longifolia auct. non (L.) Huds.
MESPL Mentha spicata L. var. longifolia
MESPS3 Mentha spicata L. var. spicata spearmint
MESY Mentha sylvestris L.
MEVI7 Mentha viridis L.

Classification

Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae ⁄ Labiatae – Mint family
Genus Mentha L. – mint
Species Mentha spicata L. – spearmint

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Mentha spicata spearmint This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
SEEPPC Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1996. Invasive exotic pest plants in Tennessee (19 October 1999). Research Committee of the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council. Tennessee.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Hawaii FACU
North America
Alaska FACW
Arid West FACW
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW

Related Links

More Accounts and Images
ARS Germplasm Resources Information Network (MESP3)
CalPhotos (MESP3)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MECO7)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MELO8)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MESP3)
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (MEVI7)
Jepson Interchange (University of California - Berkeley) (MESP3)
Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan - Dearborn) (MESP3)
USF Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (MESP3)
University of Tennessee Herbarium (Distribution) (MESP3)
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium (MESP3)

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

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Value Class Food Cover


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Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 1995 Saint Mary's College of California

Mentha spicata
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Spearmint
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Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Bush Mint (spearmint)
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© 2005 Louis-M. Landry

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Bush Mint (spearmint)
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© 2005 Louis-M. Landry

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Bush Mint (spearmint)
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© 2005 George W. Hartwell

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2008 Keir Morse

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Spearmint
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© 2008 Keir Morse

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2008 Keir Morse

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Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2008 Keir Morse

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2009 Barry Breckling

Mentha spicata
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Spearmint
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© 2009 Barry Breckling

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2014 Robert Sikora

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2014 Robert Sikora

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2014 Robert Sikora

Mentha spicata
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Spearmint
(shown with Crioscolia alcione )
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© 2014 Robert Sikora

Mentha spicata
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© 2014 Zoya Akulova

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© 2014 Zoya Akulova

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
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© 2014 Zoya Akulova

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Mentha spicata
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© 2014 Zoya Akulova

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
ID: 0000 0000 0914 2889 [detail]
© 2014 Zoya Akulova

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
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© 2015 Debra L. Cook

Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
Spearmint
ID: 0000 0000 0415 0002 [detail]
© 2015 Debra L. Cook

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