Vegetables and Fruit forum: What is this cultivar of Spearmint?

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 23, 2014 9:10 AM CST
I recently purchased a "Spearmint" herb. I was going to add the photo to the database, but it does NOT look like any in the database.

The smell and taste are definitely "spearmint", but it has the red stems not green stems so I am not sure what species or cultivar it is.

Thanks for any help as to what database file I should add my photo!

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Horseshoe
Mar 23, 2014 8:21 PM CST
"Double mint" has red stems like that. It's a cross between spearmint and pepperment. I wonder if that is what you have. I'm sure Google Images might bring up some pics for you to compare it to.

Shoe (peppermint lover)
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Mar 23, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Shoe - Thank you! I think you nailed it! It looks like the photo of Double Mint when I did a google search. To me it tastes just like spearmint. A really nice flavor. I had to laugh when I read the specs on this plant .... it can grow to 36" tall! LOL! I have it growing in a very small vertical garden box. I hope perhaps the small space will keep it dwarfed in size. I, too, love the mints!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Mar 24, 2014 7:22 PM CST
Great! I think what you have is a keeper! With it's pretty foliage, red stems, wonderful fragrance, what you can do with it (make tea, potpourri, etc) you'll really enjoy it.

Happy mint gardening!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Mar 24, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Thanks, Shoe!
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