Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis L.)

With an ability to spread by seed or rhizomes in moist soils, Wild Mint is widespread across Minnesota and much of the United States. It is a valuable sources of pollen and nectar for pollinators in wetland habitats, and its clones provide dense cover for other wildlife. The species is too aggressive for many cultivated gardens but it is beneficial in riparian plantings where it can compete with invasive species. A strong mint odor is released when the leaves are crushed and the leaves are used for cooking, teas, and essential oils.