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Mentha canadensis  L.
Wild mint
Mentha canadensis is a perennial herb that is native to California.
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Genus: Mentha
Family: Lamiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: wetland-riparian, many plant communities
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFMentha arvensis var. canadensis
JEFMentha arvensis var. villosa
Information about  Mentha canadensis from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Description, Range: Mentha canadensis is a species of mint native to North America (from the Northwest Territories to central Mexico) and the eastern part of Asia (from Siberia to Java). In North America, it is commonly known as Canada mint,[3] American wild mint,[4] and in Asia as Chinese mint, Sakhalin mint,[5] Japanese mint,[6] and East Asian wild mint.[7] The flowers are bluish or have a slight violet tint. The plant is upright, growing to about 4?18 in (10?46 cm) tall. Leaves grow opposite from each other, and flower bunches appear in the upper leaf axils. The mint grows in wet areas but not directly in water, so it will be found near sloughs, and lake and river edges. Plants bloom from July to August in their native habitats.[8] The plants found in eastern Asia have been called Mentha sachalinensis, among other synonyms. Description Wild mint in Saskatchewan Mentha canadensis is a perennial plant with an underground creeping rhizome and upright shoots. It can grow to a height of about 18 inches (460 mm). It has hairy stems bearing opposite pairs of leaves. Each leaf is borne on a short stalk and has a wedge-shaped base and is lanceolate or ovate, with a toothed margin and a hairy surface. The flowers are borne in spikes at the tips of the shoots. The flowers may be bluish, pink or white. They are arranged in a spiral around the inflorescence. Each flower has five sepals, four petals, four stamens and a superior ovary. The fruits are dry and split open when ripe releasing the two seeds.[4] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/17/2024).