Mentha
mint
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Mentha aquaticabergamot mint, water mint
Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California; central and eastern North America.
Habitat: Lake and pond shores, riparian areas, and wetlands.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: June-September.
Mentha canadensis
Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to California, east across Canada and most of the United States.
Habitat: Common in lake and pond shore margins, riparian and wetland areas at low elevations.
Origin: Native
Flowers: July-September
Mentha ×piperitapeppermint
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout in North America.
Habitat: Banks of streams and ditches, bottom lands and moist roadsides.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: July-September
Mentha pulegiumpennyroyal
Distribution: Southern and southwestern Washington along the Columbia River; British Columbia south to California; scattered in eastern North America.
Habitat: Moist, disturbed areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: July-October
Mentha spicataspearmint
Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; widespread throughout all of North America.
Habitat: Banks of streams and ditches and other damp places.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: June-August
Mentha suaveolensapple mint
Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; Washington to California and Arizona
Habitat: Roadsides, wasteland, and other disturbed sites.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: July-September
Mentha ×villosafoxtail mint
Origin: Introduced