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Mentha spicata

Spearmint

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Scientific Name Mentha spicata
Principal Common Name Spearmint
Common Name(s)
Synonym
Description Strong, sweet scented herb that spreads by underground stems. Dark green leaves are flavorful and fragrant. Smooth square stems. Widely used for flavoring.
General Comments Best planted in a container or contained area. Tough plant that loves to spread itself around.
Origin
Nativity Europe
Height Range 1 - 3 FT
Spread Range 1 - 3 FT
Flower Showy N
Warning
Sunset Zones 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Dark Green
Leaf Texture Fragrant : Toothed
Form Edible : Subshrub
Flower Color Lavender-purple : Pink to red bud with lighter throats fading to white : White
Flower Time Summer
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Any : Loam : Moist : Rich : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : Medium
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Attracts Butterflies : Drought tolerant : Edible : Flavor : Fragrance : Heat Tolerant : Poor Soil tolerant : Wet tolerant

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