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Mentha smithiana syn. rubra. Red mint.
Excellent accompaniment to lamb and potato dishes, especially in mint sauce.
Goes especially well with peas.
Good in yoghurt dishes.
Can be chopped into fruit salad.
Can be infused and used to make herbal tea.
Crystallize as decoration for sweets.
Can be grown near roses to deter aphids.
Scattered leaves can deter mice.
Can be used in pot pourri.
Mentha × smithiana (Mint). Robust and vigorous spreading perennial grows 50 to 150 cm tall. A red tinged and sweetly scented. The leaves are 3 to 9 cm and ovate and semi glabrous. In the summer it produces spikes of dense whorls of tubular lilac flowers each of which are about 5mm long.
They are very frost hardy, and need sunshine and rich soil with lots of moisture. You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.
Grown for their aromatic foliage, which is both decorative and used as a culinary herb.
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