Also called Common Mint, Green Pea Mint, Mackerel Mint
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
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.
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
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Landscape usesHerbal garden