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Mentha arvensis L.
wild mint

General Information
Symbol: MEAR4
Group: Dicot
Family: Lamiaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
MEGL Mentha glabrior (Hook.) Rydb.
MEARS3 Mentha arvensis L. var. sativa auct. non Benth.
MEARP Mentha arvensis L. ssp. parietariifolia (Becker) Briq.
MEPE8 Mentha penardii (Briq.) Rydb.
MEARV Mentha arvensis L. var. villosa (Benth.) S.R. Stewart
MEARL2 Mentha arvensis L. var. lanata Piper
MEGE2 Mentha gentilis L.
MECA7 Mentha canadensis L.
MEARC Mentha arvensis L. var. canadensis (L.) Kuntze
MEARB Mentha arvensis L. ssp. borealis (Michx.) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde
MEARH Mentha arvensis L. ssp. haplocalyx Briq.
MEARG Mentha arvensis L. var. glabrata (Benth.) Fernald


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae ⁄ Labiatae – Mint family
Genus Mentha L. – mint
Species Mentha arvensis L. – wild mint

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Mentha arvensis
field mint
wild mint
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
NE&GP Stubbendieck, J., G.Y. Friisoe,and M.R. Bolick. 1994. Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Alaska FACW
Arid West FACW
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover