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Mentha spicata (Spearmint)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 32272



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Mentha
Species: Mentha spicata
 
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Plant Types edit
  • Herbaceous
  • Invasive
  • Perennial
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 4a (to -25 F / -32 C)
  • 4b (to -20 F / -29 C)
  • 5a (to -15 F / -26 C)
  • 5b (to -10 F / -23 C)
  • 6a (to -5 F / -21 C)
  • 6b (to 0 F / -18 C)
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
  • 9a (to 25 F / -4 C)
  • 9b (to 30 F / -1 C)
  • 10a (to 35 F / 2 C)
  • 10b (to 40 F / 4 C)
  • 11 (Above 40 F / Above 4 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Flowering Start edit
  • August
Flowering End edit
  • Autumn / Fall
Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Medium
Leaf Shape edit
  • Lanceolate
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Suitable For edit
  • Container/Patio
  • Bog Garden/Waterside
  • Woodland Garden
Sun Exposure edit
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
Soil Types edit
  • Moist
  • Boggy
  • Tolerant of Most Types
Soil pH edit
  • 6.0 - 6.4 (Slightly acidic)
  • 6.5 - 6.9 (Very slightly acidic)
  • 7.0 (Neutral)
  • 7.1 - 7.5 (Very slightly alkaline)
  • 7.6 - 8.0 (Slightly alkaline)
Bloom Colour edit
  • Pink
  • Lilac
  • White
Wildlife Value edit
  • Bees
  • Butterflies (nectar source)
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
Propagation Techniques edit
  • Seed
  • Division
Skill Level edit
  • Beginner
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Contributors For This Plant
  aseedisapromise (874)
toni (36069)
Karrma (184)


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Karrma (184) wrote on Jul 29 2011
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Grow in a container. Every late winter, early spring, pull out the old roots and stems to get a tender new crop. Otherwise it gets terribly root bound. Let it duke it out with other invasives, they keep each other in check.

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  aseedisapromise (874) wrote on Mar 11 2015
If this plant gets away from you, then you aren't making enough mojitos!
The USDA map of occurance of this plant shows it growing in every state and the whole southern tier of Canadian provinces except North Dakota. I wonder how they kept it out?

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Other names for this plant:
Mentha longifolia
Mentha cordifolia
Mentha viridis



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