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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)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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:

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

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


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.