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Mentha spicata

Spearmint
Edibles
Classification Scientific Name: Mentha spicata
  Common Name: Spearmint
  Family: Lamiaceae
  Location Index: WC03
  Suggested Use: herbs

container plantings
     
Plant Plant Type: perennial
  Plant Form: upright

spreading
  Height: 1 - 3 feet
  Spread: spreading
  Bloom Period: summer
  Flower Color: pink, lilac
  Flower: flowers in spikes

slightly ornamental
  Foliage Texture: medium
  Foliage: simple, opposite leaves with impressed veins and four-sided stems
  Growth Rate: rapid
     
Environment USDA Zone: zones 3 - 9
  Sun Requirement: light shade

full sun
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: adaptable
  Heat Tolerance: high
     
Care Maintenance: plant where roots can be contained to prevent a takeover
  Liabilities: highly invasive
  Tolerances: poorly-drained locations

drought

cold

heat
     
More Additional Notes: leaves valued for culinary and medicinal use
Mentha spicata

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