Lamiaceae - wild flowers of the mint family

The mint family is a large and confusing grouping with many species difficult to distinguish one from another. Annuals and perennials are included in this family, as are flowers of dry ground and a number of marsh plants. Common characteristics are the square stems, with leaves usually undivided and mostly with flowers having two lips (although the mints, in particular, are exceptions as they have four petals). Many of the flowers in this family are aromatic.

These thumbnail pictures have links to larger photographs and information about each of the species, their habitat needs and an identification guide.

We have used the scientific names to identify species in this table, but if you prefer to use common names we have also listed all species covered on the First Nature website in alphabetical order of Common Names...

There is also the option to see all species listed in order of Scientific Names or Botanical Families or Dominant Colour.

Other members of the Lamiaceae family on this website:

Lavandula stoechas French Lavender
Melittis melissophyllum Bastard Balm
Nepeta tuberosa Catmint
Phlomis cretica Cretan Phlomis
Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem Sage
Phlomis lanata Dwarf Jerusalem Sage
Phlomis purpurea Purple Phlomis
Phlomis tuberosa Tuberous Phlomis
Salvia verbenaca Wild Clary

Introduction to wild flower families...