Weeds of the mint family are scented, low growing, sprawling plants that include aluminium plant, pennyroyal, lemon balm, peppermint, ground ivy and wild marjoram.
Identify the problem
Plants of the wild mint family are often cultivated in gardens but frequently spread out of control and become weedy. These weeds include pennyroyal, aluminium plant, wild marjoram, wild sage, wild basil, peppermint, lemon balm, selfheal, red deadnettle henbit and ground ivy. They are herbs that often have a strong scent (particularly mint and lemon balm). Some such as red deadnettle have an unpleasant smell when crushed.
They are common invasive weeds in flowerbeds, gardens, roadsides, hedgerows, scrubs, forests and around waterways. They often form dense clumps or mats of ground cover. Some such as pennyroyal will invade lawns.
In garden beds
- To control weeds of the mint family in garden beds, spot treat with Weed Weapon Extra Strength, Rapid Action, or Weed Weapon Natural Power. Weed Weapon is systemic and kills weeds down to the roots within 2-4 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment. Weed Weapon Natural Power will burn down young weeds within hours and is certified organic by BioGro.
- For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing. Control before flowering and seeding to prevent similar problems the following year.
In paths and driveways
- For long term control on paths and driveways use Weed Weapon Long Term. This will kill a wide range of weeds and prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.
- For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.
Did You Know
- There are many wild herbs in the mint family. All have strong smells, some pleasant some unpleasant, they include wild basil, ground ivy, henbit, aluminium plant, red dead nettle, gypsywort, horehound, lemon balm, peppermint, pennyroyal, wild marjoram, plectranthus, selfheal, wild sage, staggerweed, hedge woundwort and wild thyme.
- Latin names: Wild basil - Clinopodium vulgare, Ground ivy - Glechoma hederacea, Henbit - Lamium amplexicaule, Aluminium plant - Lamium galeobdolon, Red dead nettle - Lamium purpureum, Gypsywort - Lycopus europaeus, Horehound - Marrubium vulgare, Lemon balm - Melissa officinalis, Peppermint - Mentha xpiperita, Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium, Wild marjoram - Origanum vulgare, Plectranthus - Plectranthus ciliatus, Selfheal - Prunella vulgaris, Wild sage - Salvia verbenaca, Staggerweed - Stachys arvensis, Hedge woundwort - Stachys sylvatica and Wild thyme - Thymus vulgaris.