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Mentha suaveolens
apple mint

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington, where questionably established in the flora; southwestern British Columbia to California; established in other areas of North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, wasteland, and other disturbed sites.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies


Perennial herbs from creeping rhizomes, the stems square, mostly erect, 2-10 dm. tall, loosely sticky-hairy.


Leaves opposite, sessile, broad-based and often clasping, broadly elliptic-oblong to ovate, usually rounded, 2-5 cm. long and 1-3.5 cm. broad, with rounded teeth, prominent network of veins, and white-woolly underneath.


Verticels of flowers crowded in elongate, terminal spikes, 3-15 cm. long a 0.5-1 cm. wide; calyx 1-2 mm. long, the tube and 5 teeth with sharp, short hairs; corolla 2-3 mm. long, nearly white, nearly regular, 4-lobed; stamens 4, equal, exerted; style 2-parted; ovary 2-celled, superior


Nutlets 4

Accepted Name:
Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.
Publication: Beitr. Naturk. 7: 249-150. 1792.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Mentha ×rotundifolia (L.) Huds., misapplied [HC, HC2]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Mentha suaveolens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Mentha suaveolens checklist entry

OregonFlora: Mentha suaveolens information

E-Flora BC: Mentha suaveolens atlas page

CalPhotos: Mentha suaveolens photos

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