Common Mint, Corn Mint, Field Mint 'Banana'

Mentha arvensis

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Ewing, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ithaca, New York

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

Spring, Texas

Radford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 10, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

this is a edible mint. for the true smell to hit your nostrils you have to squish the leaf not to rub it. when you rub it, you smell the banana's shell, after you squish it you smell honey-banana-mango kind of thing. the other mentha arvensis is a candy lemon scented version of this. but this is mildew resistant and the lemon one is not(rather disappointing). this one is a slender mint, with a branching habit and under stress it will bloom but it will rarely set seed(under stress condition). in good habitat it will set seed and thrive. found it native in "tau faerag" lake in hunedoara, romania(calm, beautiful lake). there i found also lemon version, horsemint and some ugly scented hybrids. i do not know yet if it is true to type but in a percent(or 100%) is true to type. this mint is a mus... read more


On Jun 21, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

As far as the scent of banana goes--this one is subtle. The place where it was purchased says it is edible. After reading this entry--I might not take my chances!