Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge
Mint Herb Nature Study
This week we’ll be studying mint as part of the herb nature study series. This plant is an easy plant to grow for beginners and younger students.
Here are a few observation ideas for you to get started:
- Note the mint’s square stalk and the opposite pair of aromatic leaves. Feel the stem. Crush the leaves between your fingers for a more intense scent. Does it smell like toothpaste?
- Note the color and height of the stem.
- Look at the leaves and observe the shape and veins. What is the texture of the leaf? Taste a few of the fresh leaves if possible.
- Observe the flowers if they are present. What is their color and size? Do they have a fragrance? Did you see any insects on the plant or flowers? Bees, hover flies, and tachinid flies all are attracted to mint flowers.
- Advanced Study: Grow and then study two kinds of mint. This link has a list of a variety of mints you could choose from: Mint Plant Varieties.
Remember that the rest of the challenge is available to Ultimate and Journey level members here on the Handbook of Nature Study.
You will need to sign into your Ultimate or Journey level membership to see the herb ebook download.
Once you download your ebook, you’ll have complete access to the challenge. This includes additional links, resources, study ideas, and printables.
Outdoor Hour Challenge-Herb Ebook: Download the cilantro sample here.