Plant people, would you help us identify this one? It grows by the roads near the house, where there's also an abundance of spearmint. We think is some kind of hybrid between spearmint and mint, but we haven't found other mint species around. Flowers and leaves don't look like regular mint photos, but it smells and tastes minty. It has a bit of the velvety texture of spearmint but not as much. Anyone knows?
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It's not apple mint, pineapple mint, ginger mint, lavender mint, or eau de cologne mint. It doesn't look like pennyroyal or catmint, but I can't be entirely certain about those.
Maybe that helps a little?
@InvaderXan @porsupah I thought of peppermint, although flowers seem a lot different... Now that I check pennyroyal I see flowers are more alike to that than to common mints, but still leaves are clearly minty. Plantsnap doesn't give an ID either, so I guess this is a weird mint hybrid. It seems good enough for cooking anyway so we'll be trying to grow it, thanks to both of you for the answers and the app suggestion which will be quite useful!
@mirsal @porsupah @InvaderXan The other plant seems like could be apple mint (mentha suaveolens) rather than spearmint, but I'm not 100% sure about that. In any case, if it is lemon balm let's hope we can get it to grow roots. The usual method of leaving a cut in water to root can work for lemon balm or is it better if we pot it?
@vilaeloise Totally not an expert, but to me it looks like catnip (Nepeta cataria).
@ploy Thanks! Flower's purple spots are quite similar indeed. Sad thing is the cutting is withering without rooting, so it seems we won't we able to grow it after all...
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