Plant ID forum: Wild mint with pink flowers: ID and uses?

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Name: Carol Sandt
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csandt
Jul 11, 2016 11:03 AM CST
I would be grateful for and ID and any other information (e.g., culinary or other uses) for the lovely mint plants with pink flowers that are growing wild along the roadside near my rural home:









Plants are 1 - 3 feet tall. Stems are square; leaves are opposite.

I have mint with white flowers in my garden and use it to make tea. Are all members of the mint family useful for tea or are some better than others?
Carol Sandt

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bwv998
Jul 11, 2016 9:11 PM CST
Flowers kinda look like Marsh Woundwort. Not sure though, please don't consume it! Sticking tongue out

Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris)

http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/s/stachys-palustr...

You may also want to look at this website, some mints with purple flowers.

http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Lamiacea...
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2016 7:30 AM CST
I think this is what you have American Germander http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/germander.html
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Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jul 12, 2016 7:57 AM CST
frostweed said:I think this is what you have American Germander ]http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/germander.html


It does fit the description of American Germander. Thanks!
Carol Sandt

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Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Jul 12, 2016 7:58 AM CST
[quote="bwv998"]Flowers kinda look like Marsh Woundwort. Not sure though, please don't consume it! Sticking tongue out

Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris)

http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/s/stachys-palustr...

You may also want to look at this website, some mints with purple flowers.

]http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Lamiacea...

Thanks very much for these helpful links!
Carol Sandt

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