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Mentha spicata

Spearmint

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.7m to 1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink purple white
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Mentha spicata (Spearmint). This is a fast-growing mint with dark crinkly leaves. It will thrive in a sunny or partial-shaded position.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Mint

Origin

C. Europe. Naturalized in Britain

Interest and use

Grown for their aromatic foliage, which is both decorative and used as a culinary herb.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are very frost hardy, and need sunshine and rich soil with lots of moisture.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Plants can be invasive and often grown in containers partly for this reason.

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