smells like mint

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Date Photo Taken: 10/08/2013
Location: Boston, MA
Posted By: aspinfo

Notes:

bought a house this year with 4 or 5 of these little shrubs/bushes. they were all cut back from winter and came up this year surprisingly fluffy and with a strong mint aroma. i had always heard actual mint was dangerous to plant in open ground as the roots will make it impossible to remove the plant without quite a bit of excavation, but these seemed to be confined to their little circular shape.

COMMENTS

  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like Nepeta…

    possibly Nepeta cataria (catnip)
    My cats used to spread it around after eating it… but otherwise, did not spread like mint.

    There are other species of nepeta…

    I like mints because of the great pollinator action they get… Maybe try planting your mints in the yard where they can be kept in check by mowing?

    mint is a bit aggressive for the veggie garden, but difficult to keep going in those containers…

    October 9th, 2013 at 11:27 am
  2. aspinfo Apprentice says:

    the leaves do look like nepeta and they smell like mint, although never saw any purple flowers, just green leaves.

    October 9th, 2013 at 11:35 am

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