Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Peppermint (a hybrid) - Mentha x piperita   L.
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AuthorL.
DistributionFound across the state, but scarce in the southern Coastal Plain. First collected in 1883 without the county named, by G. McCarthy.

Native of Europe; in N.A. essentially throughout.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the Mountains and Piedmont; uncommon in the Coastal Plain, except rare in the southern portions. The is the most often seen mint (Mentha) in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain and can be locally common.
HabitatMoist to wet soils of impoundment margins, streambanks, marshes, "bog", "swamp," pastures, roadsides, ditches.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-September.
IdentificationThis horticultural cultivar is thought to be derived from hybridization between M. spicata and M. aquatica. Its pink to lavender spikes are broader than those of the former and without spaces between flowers. They are mainly terminal and spire-shaped. As with other mints, the leaves appear wrinkled due to deeply sunken veins.
Taxonomic CommentsListed in older references as Mentha piperita.

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