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American Cornmint
Mentha canadensis
About American Cornmint (Mentha canadensis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mentha canadensis (syn. M. arvensis var. canadensis) is a species of mint. The flowers are bluish or a slight violet tint. The plant is upright about 4 inches to 18 inches tall. Leaves grow opposite from each other, and flower bunches appear at the upper leaf axil. The mint grows in wet areas but not directly in water, so it will be found near sloughs, lake and river edges. Flowers bloom from July to August. The leaves have a distinct peppermint smell when pinched or crushed as the plant contains aromatic oils. Pick leaves at any time during plant growth, and they may be dried. Mint jelly is a popular preparation. To make mint tea, pour boiling water over a scant teaspoon full of dried leaves, or over 1/3 cup fresh leaves. Iced tea is also a treat. Mint leaf candy can also be made. The First nations used mint tea to remedy bad breath or toothache, or to cure hiccups. The mint could also be used for fox or lynx bait. The related species Mentha canadensis is also included in Mentha arvensis by some authors as two varieties, M. arvensis var. glabrata Fernald (in reference to North American plants) and M. arvensis var. piperascens Malinv. ex L. H. Bailey (in reference to eastern Asian plants).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.33 - 1.5 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places

Annual Precipitation: 4.8" - 117.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 3.43", Coldest Month: 24.9" - 54.8", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 79.6", Humidity: 0.19" - 30.15", Elevation: -17" - 8494"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Japanese Peppermint

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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