Frosted Mint (Incana)

The Frosted Mint (Incana) is generally described as a perennial subshrub or shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) .

Uses of : Landscaping, Medicinal, Culinary, etc.

Ethnobotanic: Comanche medicine women chewed the leaves of frosted mint to sweeten the taste of other drugs. The Hopi and Tewa used frosted mint to treat rheumatism and ear trouble. They also used the flowers for flavoring in food preparation.

General Characteristics

General: Mint Family (Labiatae). Frosted mint is a shrub that reaches 5 dm in height and is very branched. The branches are straight, slender, and erect. The branches have a silvery color and a dense covering of small hairs. The leaves are attached directly to the branches without a supporting stalk. The leaves are long and narrow with almost parallel sides (1-3 cm long). The leaves are veinless and covered with white, soft, wooly hairs. The flowers grow in groups of 1 to 3 and are located below their axils. The flowers are 6 to 7 mm long. The calyx has 15 simple veins, is oblong shaped, and covered with white, soft, shaggy hairs. The calyx has conspicuous awl-shaped teeth. The corollas are 1 to 1.4 cm long and have a lavender color with purple dots on the lower lip. The tube of the corolla has long, soft, straight hairs in the form of a ring.

General Upkeep and Control


Plant Basics
General Type Subshrub, Shrub
Growth Duration Perennial
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database,
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA