Peppermint, brandy mint, lamb mint, lammint.
A perennial that grows to 3 feet in height. It has a pungent mint smell, and dark green, serrated leaves. Produces purplish flowers in spike-like groups in axils and terminally.
Late June to October.
Brook banks, wet meadows, and other damp places.
Herb during early flowering time.
The herb is a source of the volatile oil of peppermint. Cultivated plants are grown for this product, mostly in the Pacific Northwest coast area. In Appalachia, the herb has been used generally as a flavoring agent and in treating colic and indigestion. In Europe, it is considered a carminative and is believed to increase bile secretion.