General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 40 inches (and it will spread farther if it has room)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Other info: Some mints can be propagated by seed. Growth from seed can be unreliable for two reasons: mint seeds are highly variable and some varieties are sterile.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Common names
  • Spearmint
  • English Mint
  • Mint
  • Lamb Mint
  • Mackerel Mint
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Mentha spicata
  • Synonym: Mentha cordifolia
  • Synonym: Mentha viridis

Photo Gallery
Location: My Gardens
Honey Bee & Spearmint bloom #pollination
Location: My Gardens
Spearmint Bloom With Guest #pollination
Location: My Gardens
Spearmint Bloom & Butterfly #pollination
Location: My Gardens
Date: August 7, 2014
Close Up View #Pollination #Butterflies
Location: My Gardens
#pollination Spearmint Bloom With Friend
Location: My Gardens
Date: August 7, 2014
Close Up View #Pollination #Butterflies
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2913-09-02
#pollination   Hairstreak BF
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-04-17
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-10-14
First season in a container.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-25-11
#pollination   American Snout
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2011-09-19
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2022-04-15
2 year old specimen under dripping hose daily.

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-9-13
#pollination
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2010-09-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-04
Photo by pphanfx
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Date: 2019-08-25
Lamiaceae: Spearmint, Mentha spicata - Love the purple anthers!

Date: 2020-10-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-9-13
#pollination
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-08-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2010-09-08
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-07-13

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-04-04
Adding a potted specimen to take to our rural cabin property.
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2014-06-22
My Yard
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2014-06-22
My Yard
Location: Maryland
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2018-06-07
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-07
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-06

Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 9-12-11
American Snouts hanging out
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-23
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2014-06-22
My Yard
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-07-11
Photo by lisam0313
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-08-26
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-17
Location: central Illinois
Date: 7-24-14
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2012
Blooms on our Spearmint plant
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-07-26

By Simon Eugster --Simon 13:07, 2 July 2006 (UTC) (Own work) [GFD

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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-04-01
It  comes back every spring
Location: Mason, New Hampshire (zone 5b)
Date: 2011-06-05
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-27-13
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-07
Branch tip
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-07
Photo by jmorth
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-07-13
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
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Comments:
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2013 9:48 PM concerning plant:
    Great in teas. If you plant it outside, watch out...it can spread quite rapidly.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 24, 2014 10:13 AM concerning plant:
    Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a valuable companion plant in the garden. In addition to being a larval host plant for the Grey Hairstreak and Painted Lady Butterflies, it reportedly also attracts beneficial insects such as hoverflies, and pirate, damsel, and big-eye bugs. These beneficial insects feed on aphids and other common garden pests. Mentha spicata also reportedly helps to repel Cabbage White butterflies and flea beetles.

    Mentha spicata is also a pollinator magnet. Its white blossoms, which appear in mid to late summer, attract a variety of bees and butterflies.
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Obtained plant
Doing great in bog garden; rooted cuttings and have planted them in pots in the bog garden.
dragonfetti On January 26, 2015 Obtained plant
From Armstrong's nursery; will place in pond.
variegatagal On March 25, 2017 Transplanted
variegatagal On August 27, 2016 Transplanted
Calloway's Nursery
1801 FM423, Little Elm, TX 75068
Windowsill planter
lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
w/s
Buzzbea424 On March 20, 2018 Obtained plant
christine2 On May 30, 2020 Obtained plant
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