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Mentha longifolia

European Horsemint

Family Lamiaceae


Use
Tea, flavoring. Steep leaves in hot water for 5-10min, or use for flavoring in jellies, sauces, drinks, dressings. Leaves can be used dry or fresh.


Description

Growth Form: Low herbaceous plant.

Leaves: Paired, ovate. Edges are saw-toothed. Wooly and whitish beneath.

Flowers: Tiny, pale purple, in interrupted clusters on terminal spikes. Flowers July-September

Stem: Square, downy-hairy.

Leaves (Emily Silver. Lincoln, MA)
Leaves

3 flower spikes (Emily Silver. Lincoln, MA)
Flower spikes

Habitat and Range

Roadsides, often occurs in thickets, from Indiana east to Massachusetts south to Virginia and Missouri.

Season

Should be harvested in the summer.

Fun Facts

European horsemint is in the same family as sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, basil, and catnip.

Close up of flower spike (Emily Silver. Lincoln, MA)
Close up of one flower spike

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