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  • Date Photo Taken

    05 / 18 / 2014

  • Season Photo Was Taken

    Spring

  • Region Photo Was Taken

    Southwest

  • City

    Odessa

  • State

    Texas

  • Posted by

    kat73

Notes:

This plant was given to me a few years ago by my sister she told me it was a mint plant from the yard of a house she moved into. I have moved it multiple times, forgotten about it and not watered it, weeds have grown over it covering it up completely but it still survives. It started out more shrub looking but has started spreading. It smells like a weed rather than mint and looks nothing like any of the mint plants I have growing in my herb garden. Any ideas what this could be?

Comments

  • Jason Unregistered says:

    It’s definitely mint. Forgive me for saying, but by the way the soil appears in the pictures, your poor plant is thirsty and hungry! Mints prefer rich, moist, but well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 7. Try replanting and adding some fertilizer, blood meal, etc to give that baby a boost. The oils will come out and you will know without question that it is mint and possibly the type. Peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, etc.. Good gardening!

    May 25th, 2014 at 11:36pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    It’s probably pineapple mint…. You can google variegated mint, and compare… or… Pot some up… and carry down to your local purveyor… Compare with their offerings. If there’s no scent… it probably wouldn’t be the best choice in soap-making… or teas.

    May 23rd, 2014 at 8:12am

  • Kathy Registered says:

    Is there a way to find out what specific type it is? I make handmade soaps and would like to dry it It out and use it for that and to make hydrosols with As well as making teas with for personal use if it’s safe.

    May 21st, 2014 at 7:59pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Looks like mint… The variegation adds desirability… Sorry to hear there’s no smell… I’ve noticed mints with a smell I disliked… I’ve had oregano that was scentless, it’s possible that your mint lost the smell when it gained the variegation. There’s a lot of mints that look different from each other…

    May 20th, 2014 at 10:40pm

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