Nepeta cataria – Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a non-native plant in the mint family that can be found wild in New England. Catnip, as with all plants in the mint family, has a square stem and opposite leaves. Catnip can be identified by its heart-shaped and velvety leaves. The plant has a skunky smell that 2/3 of cats […]

Glechoma hederacea – Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy/ Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is an invasive edible plant in the mint family. Ground ivy can be identified by its square stem and purple-blue flowers. Ground ivy can be eaten raw, used as an herb or tea, or cooked. It was used in England in the 16th century to flavor beer before hops […]

Leonurus cardiaca – Common Motherwort

Common Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a non-native, medicinal plant in the mint family. Motherwort has pink tubular flowers, upper leaves lobed in three parts, and lower leaves that resemble maple leaves. The plant is bitter so does not taste or smell good, but it has been used medicinally to regulate menstrual periods, calm anxiety, and […]

Lamiastrum galeobdolon – Yellow Archangel

Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) is an edible plant in the mint family that came from Europe. Yellow archangel is a competitive and fast-growing plant that is capable of out-competing native understory plants. Yellow archangel can be identified by its hairy, toothed leaves with silvery markings. The plant produces yellow tubular flowers April-June. The leaves have […]