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This plant is growing in my garden and when the leaves are rubbed it smells minty. Can anyone identify it?

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Yup. It's Salvia "Hot Lips"

"Delicate red and white blooms create a stunning show throughout summer. Some flowers will bloom in solid red color attracting bees and hummingbirds. With a little protection, this Mexican introduction will happily over-winter in zone 6."

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It is Salvia 'Hot Lips' - the salvias include the sages, used in cooking, so what you're detecting isn't mint, but possibly a sage like scent.This one's not generally used for culinary purposes.

  • Salvia is a mint. – Brenn Sep 13 '16 at 19:37
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    @Brenn No, its not - Mentha is mint, Salvia is sage, Salvia officinalis being the one mostly used in cooking. Both Salvia and Mentha belong to the Lamiaceae, but that's the only connection. – Bamboo Sep 13 '16 at 21:45
  • Sorry, but Salvia is a mint. – Brenn Sep 13 '16 at 21:47
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    Well, we'll leave it by agreeing to disagree - but I wouldn't fancy salvia or lamium sauce with my roast lamb just because they're commonly known as 'mint family'! – Bamboo Sep 13 '16 at 22:03
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    No, its in the Lamiaceae, though you could call it the Sage family if you like - if you want to refer to it as sage or mint or fred's family, you can, but Salvia is not the same as Mentha. And by the logic Brenn/Wiki is using, presumably a Pyracantha or Photinia are roses because, like roses, they belong to the Rosaceae family.... – Bamboo Sep 13 '16 at 22:51

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