Mentha arvensis - Wild Mint
Fast spreading and easy to grow, this highly aromatic plant flows across the garden with horizontal stems holding deep green leaves. Its considerable bloom of small white, pink, or lavender flowers in foliage axils are somewhat hidden except from native pollinators that make a beeline to them!
- Easy to grow and fast-growing
- Considered an essential plant for native bees
- Bloom is somewhat hidden, but a pollinator magnet
- Can be a garden bully if not controlled
- Plant leaves and stems are incredibly fragrant
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Wild Mint has widely been used medicinally, but it's also been used to make minty teas, essential oil, and as a flavoring in cooking.
Grows well in consistently average to moist soils. Will tolerate occasionally wet soils.