E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.
applemint (apple mint)
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a stolon; stems erect, branched, 50-90 cm tall, densely-soft-hairy, 4-angled; strongly fragrant, apple-scented.
Opposite, egg-shaped, oblong, or broadly elliptic, 1-4 cm long, bases slightly notched, tips generally rounded, margins toothed, hairy and wrinkled above, dense-woolly beneath; unstalked, or nearly so.
Inflorescence of many flower clusters crowded into terminal spikes, subtended by linear or awl-like bracts; flower stalks hairy; corollas tubular, 2-3 mm long, pinkish or white, hairy outside, 4-lobed, the lobes nearly equal; calyces 1-1.5 mm long, short-hairy.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together, egg-shaped.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist waste places and ditches in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Mentha rotundifolia auct. non (L.) Huds.

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