Mentha spicata

Botanical Name: Mentha spicata

Common Name(s): Spearmint

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Description:

The most popular and commonly grown of the mints. This spreading perennial has light-green, pointed leaves and purplish flowers in autumn

Family: Lamiaceae

Synonym: Mentha viridis

Botanical Pronunciation: MEN-thuh spy-KAY-tuh

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Deciduous
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Semi Frost Hardy
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Half Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

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Flowers


February
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April

Description:
 This herb bears purplish flowers in Autumn.


Foliage

Description:
This spreading perennial has light-green, pointed leaves.


Harvest

Pick leaves as you need them and use immediately, or store for a few days in plastic bag in the fridge.

Maintenance

If left unchecked, roots will spread to the point of being invasive. Needs pruning regularly.

Origin

Widespread.

Planting Instructions

Grows best in semi-shaded, moist soils but will tolerate a wide range of conditions, from full sun to quite wet environments.

Possible Problems

If left unchecked, roots will spread to the point of being invasive.

Propagation

Propagate by cuttings or divisions.

Size

500mm *

Soil Conditions

Grows best in semi-shaded, moist soils but will tolerate a wide range of conditions, including quite wet environments.

Uses

The aromatic leaves are used mainly for flavouring, as in mint sauce or with green peas, or added to summer drinks and cocktails. Pick leaves as you need them and use immediately, or store for a few days in plastic bag in the fridge. Leaves can also be frozen in ice-cube trays or dried.

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