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Mentha arvensis

Field Mint.

1Gal Container (Up to 2)
A small little 1' perennial with a small blue flower clusters on a spike of scented green leaves. This one grows at higher elevations along creeks and in meadows. It has managed to make its way around the world in different habitats. I have no idea why it is not used more often in the trade. It's a delightful plant needing only water in most locations. Those of you in mild climates should not get excited when Field Mint disappears for the winter, it is used to bad climates and will hibernate. Take your cuttings to dry for tea no later than the first few frosts or before the snow falls. We saw this one on the east side of the Sierra growing along streams.

Mentha arvensis tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding.
Mentha arvensis is great for a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Mentha arvensis is deciduous and is edible.
Flower of Mentha arvensis has color blue.

Communities for Mentha arvensis:Great Basin Sage, Chaparral, Lodgepole Forest, Northern Juniper Woodland, Northern Oak Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Riparian (rivers & creeks), Sagebrush Scrub and Central Oak Woodland.

ph: 6.00 to 8.00
usda: 4 to 10
height[m]: 0.10 to 1.00
width[m]: 0.30 to 1.00
rainfall[cm]: 135.00 to 1576.00

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