Mentha piperita L. (Lamiaceae)

Common Names
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.

Flowering Period
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.

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