The Mint Family

Identifying Characteristics:
Irregular, bilaterally symmetrical flowers.  Stems square in cross-section.  Opposite leaves. 
Flower arrangement typically whirled clusters toward the top of each stem.  Most are very aromatic and
can be smelled easily nearby, by rubbing your finger on a leaf and then smelling it, or by smelling the plant directly.

Well-known Family Members:
Lavender, Lambs Ear, Catnip, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint

Important Biochemical Characteristics:
Most contain aromatic oils in their leaves and stems.

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Lavandula sp., Lavender

Glechoma hederacea

Stachys byzantina, Lambs Ear

S. byzantina

currently unidentified

currently unidentified