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PlantFiles: Common Mint, Corn Mint, Field Mint
Mentha arvensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: arvensis (ar-VEN-sis) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral JodyC On Jan 17, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Field Mint can be distinguished from the cultivated mints primarily by its non-terminal whorls of flowers.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The leaves of this plant may be eaten raw or cooked. An herb tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves, too. An essential oil from the plant is used as a flavoring in sweets and beverages. The oil is actually an antiseptic.

Corn mint, like many other members of this genus, is often used as a domestic herbal remedy, being valued especially for its antiseptic properties and its beneficial effect on the digestion. Like other members of the genus, it is best not used by pregnant women because large doses can cause an abortion.

Neutral yvana On Jan 26, 2003, yvana from Stone Mountain, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The downy or hairy leaves distinguish wild mint from the other species.

Neutral aileen On Jan 26, 2003, aileen wrote:

"May be invasive" is a mild description. "Will Be invasive" is more like it. However, the Mint will grow successfully in pots -- even if the pots are left outdoors all winter long. I maintain mint in a large winterized pot, which is nestled nicely in the garden. The mint can't escape the pot.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Palmer, Alaska
Clovis, California
Coventry, Connecticut
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Ewing, Kentucky
Erie, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Saint Helen, Michigan
Binghamton, New York
Deposit, New York
Livingston Manor, New York
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington

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