Mentha spicata, Spearmint men tha spik ah tah
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Mentha spicata, Spearmint
men – tha spik – ah – tah
Description: Spreading, rhizomatous perennial that grows wild in damp places and is extensively cultivated for distillation of its oil.
Height x width: 2 to 3 feet high.
Growth habit: Spreading.
Foliage: Square stems and opposite, lance-shaped, sessile leaves.
Flowers: Narrow and pointed spikes of lilac-pink flowers in mid-summer.
Culture: Moist, fertile soil in light shade (or in full sun to slow growth). Keep roots contained and divide often to prevent legginess or invasiveness.
Uses: Groundcover, herb garden, harvest of sprigs to use fresh, frozen or dried as a flavoring in teas and when cooking.
Propagation: Seed, root cuttings, division.
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