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Mentha spicata

Spearmint, mint

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Mentha spicata

Plant details

Garden or common mint, as it is often called, is perhaps the most widely grown for general kitchen use, its young bright green shoot tips ready just in time for the first peas and early potatoes in June. Like all mints, it is a vigorous and very hardy perennial, spreading widely by underground runners, which are easily restrained by growing plants in a bottomless container or large plastic bag buried in the ground. If plants are cut hard back just before flowering, the trimmings can be frozen, while the plants themselves will produce another crop of young well-flavoured shoots.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Mentha

Species: spicata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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