Spearmint (Mentha spicata) in the Mints Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Mentha spicata Accepted
Mentha viridis Synonym
Mentha cordifolia Synonym

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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Comments:
Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2013 9:48 PM

Great in teas. If you plant it outside, watch out...it can spread quite rapidly.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 10:13 AM

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.

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