Plant ID forum: Odd type of Mint. Not sure what kind.

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upper midwest
Jul 8, 2017 1:27 PM CST
I am not sure what type of mint this is. I have been growing it for the past 5 years. Some odd things about it.
1. Grows three to four ft tall.
2. Does not send out any runners. I i want to make it spread I have to break apart the root mass and replant.
3. very thin soft leaves, between 3/4 - 1.5 inches in length and no fatter than a pencil.
4. Not as sharp as peppermint, but is minty. When made as a tea when dried it has a cross between mint and green tea flavor.
5. Has white flowers on the very top of branches.

If anyone knows anything about this mint it would be much appreciated.

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Name: Rj
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Jul 8, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Just curious, is it a square stem?
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Jul 8, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Maybe it is Summer Savory aka Satureja hortensis?
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Name: Susan Ridder
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Jul 9, 2017 12:05 AM CST
“If any man can name … all the varieties of mint, he must know how many fish swim in the Indian Ocean.” –Walafrid Strabo (c. 808–849) I was thinking of mountain mint as you mention white flowers at the top. I've grown it and it was not invasive in my zone 6b garden. Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) is superattractive to insects, and it’s not aggressive like other mints (seriously, it’s not). The leaves are very, very, minty — great for teas, ice creams and maybe even herbal baths. I hope this helps you. Shrug!

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Name: Dave Paul
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Jul 9, 2017 1:43 AM CST
Satureja looks like a good possibility before seeing flowers.

Regretfully less Mint swim in the ocean every year.
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This pic is Stenogyne calaminthoides. Almost gone from being common 20 years ago.
Name: Janine
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Jul 9, 2017 10:14 AM CST
Taste is relative, but I personally wouldn't consider Satureja minty.

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