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Mentha spicata

Also called Common Mint, Green Pea Mint, Mackerel Mint


Mentha spicata - Spearmint

More About Mentha spicata

  • AKA Mentha viridis
  • Light purple flowers in interrupted, terminal spikes
  • Spearmint-scented, lance-shaped leaves
  • Plants are edible raw or cooked
  • Best used to improve flavour of other foods
  • Grows in moist areas, in plains and foothills
  • Bloom Time: July to August

Interesting Notes:

Introduced to Ontario and has widely spread throughout North America.

Spearmint oils are used in flavouring chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash. It is also used for culinary and medicinal purposes and in fragrances. 

Height:

80-90 cm

Spread:

100-150 cm

Colour:

Purple
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Spearmint Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a moist to wet soil, in full sun. Spreading by rhizomes and above runners, this plant can be weedy or invasive.


Mentha spicata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Fast
Fast
Edible
Edible
Fragrant
Fragrant
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Herbal garden
Naturalizing