Common Name – Peppermint or Mint

Plant Identification

Genus: Mentha
Family: Lamiaceae
Plant type: Herb
Variety: Mentha Peperita
Note: Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a hybrid mint, a cross between the watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). The plant, indigenous to Europe, is now widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world. It is a herbaceous rhizomatous perennial plant growing to 30–90 cm tall, with smooth stems, square in cross section. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bare fibrous roots.

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Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: Herb
Colour: Green
Flowering time: Mid to late summer
Flower size: The flowers are purple, 6–8 mm long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm diameter; they are produced in whorls around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes.
Fragrance: Mint
Foliage description: The leaves are from 4–9 cm  long and 1.5–4 cm cm broad with an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The leaves and stems are usually slightly hairy
Foliage colour: Dark green with reddish veins

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Can be grown in shade and semi shade
Watering: Prefers moist soil
Soil requirements:

Other Information

Propogation: Being a hybrid, it is usually sterile, producing no seeds and reproducing only vegetatively, spreading by its rhizomes. If placed, it can grow anywhere, with a few exceptions
Other notes: Mint grows very easily and is VERY invasive. If you don’t keep it well contained, it will easily and quickly grow into other areas of your garden!

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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