Connecticut Plants
Wild Mint
Mentha arvensis L.

The leaves smell strongly of mint. This is the only true mint (genus Mentha) that is native to Connecticut, though there are others that were introduced.

  • Family: mint (Lamiaceae)
  • Habitat: streamsides, damp or wet soil
  • Height: 6-24 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch long, in clusters 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide
  • Flower color: pale purple, white, or pale pink
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Mentha arvensis L.
Mentha arvensis L.

Wild mint flowers are usually pale purple, but they may also be white or pale pink.