Is Mint Growing Under Pine Tree Edible?
Is the mint that grows under my pine tree and also in my flower beds edible? I've used it as a garnish, and have considered cooking with it, but I wasn't sure if it's safe. My cats go bonkers when they smell it, so I thought maybe it was catnip or catmint? I also know it's extremely invasive, so I pull it up as it comes in, but I'd like to pot one and keep it for summer use.
It may be catnip (Nepeta cataria) , catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) or some other fragrant plant. Be sure to get a proper identification before eating this or any other plant. Young catnip leaves can be eaten raw, both catnip and catmint have been used as medicinal and edible plants.
Upcoming Webinars & Appearances
Feb. 4, 2023
WCBA's Home Building &
West Bend, WI
Feb. 10-12, 2023
Garden & Landscape EXPO
June 3 – 11, 2023
“Castles & Gardens” Adventure in Ireland with Melinda Myers
Includes the Bloom Festival in Dublin!
CLICK HERE for more information on Melinda's 2022 Wisconsin State Fair presentations on
Affordable Food Gardening
CLICK HERE for pollinator gardening webinars, videos & DIY projects
Watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND