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Mentha piperita

HERB-MINT-SPEARMINT crinkled bright green leaves are harvested just as the flowers open for best flavour. Use fresh or dried in teas, cooking. Plant in pots or containers to prevent spreading. Part shade. Grows 30-50 cm tall. Perennial. The bright green foliage is highly aromatic & is supported on the typical square stems belonging to the mint family. The large leaves are bumpy & quite textured with visible veins & a prominent midrib.
Leaf size may reach 5-9cm long and 1.5-3cm wide. The small flowers are either pink or white, although some describe them as mauve, and appear on extended whorls. The sharply intense aroma is highest just before flowering and diminished once the flowers disappear. Native to Europe and western Asia, but it has been in cultivation for so long the original native range is unknown. It is naturalised in many areas of the world and was first found in North America in the 1840s.

Crush spearmint leaves and scatter them around the garden to act as a natural pest repellent. This can help deter ants, flies, and even rodents.  Different hybrid varieties of spearmint have unique flavours and aromas.  Each variety may have subtle differences in taste and scent.

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How to grow Spearmint Herb

  1. Spearmint prefers well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded area. As it spreads readily it is best to plant it in a container or a contained area in the garden where you can check the rhizome root system for easy pruning.  Container planting also allows you to move your mint in and out of the sun or shade for best the growing environment.
  2. Prepare a mix of compost or well-rotted manure with the garden soil to improve fertility. 
  3. Plant spearmint seeds or cuttings about 2-3 inches deep, about 6-12 inches apart.  If planting cuttings, make sure to plant the bottom of the cutting into the soil and the leaves above the soil.
  4. Water the spearmint regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  5. Apply a layer of mulch 2-3 inches around the plants to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
  6. Thin out when large enough to handle, so that they are finally 30cm apart.
  7. Provide additional water if necessary until the plants reach 30cm.
  8. Prune the tips of the mint regularly to encourage bushier growth.
  9. Harvest the leaves when they reach 6 inches in height.  Pick leaves just before the plant blooms to get the best flavour.
  10. Spearmint is easy to propagate from cuttings.  Snip a healthy stem, remove the lower leaves, and place it in water or soil for new roots to develop. 

Like Peppermint, you can plant Spearmint along pathways or near seating areas to release a refreshing fragrance when touched or stepped on.   Its strong aroma can help repel insects that may harm nearby plants and its small, lavender-coloured flowers are not only visually appealing but also edible.  They can be used to garnish salads or desserts.
Dried Spearmint leaves are used in teas, culinary dishes, and potpourri.   Or freeze the tea into ice cubes to use in beverages adding a minty freshness without diluting the drink.
Then sit back and enjoy a relaxing, self pampering, soothing foot soak by adding some leaves to a warm water foot bath.  Just the thing at the end of a long week at work.  

Heritage of Spearmint Herb

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has a rich heritage dating back to ancient times. Believed to be native to the Mediterranean region, spearmint has been valued for its culinary, medicinal, and aromatic properties. It was used by ancient Greeks to scent bathwater, and the Romans brought it to Britain where it continued to be cultivated for various purposes.

Spearmint has been traditionally used to make teas, flavour food and beverages, and for its aromatic qualities in potpourris and sachets. Its name is derived from the pointed shape of its leaves. Over the centuries, spearmint has become a popular herb worldwide, cherished for its refreshing flavour and scent.

Today, spearmint is widely cultivated in gardens and is a common ingredient in culinary dishes, beverages, and natural remedies. It holds cultural significance and remains a versatile herb with a heritage deeply rooted in human history.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

30-60 cm (1-2 feet)

Season of Interest

Spring / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

15-25 ℃ (59-77 ℉)

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Part Shade to Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow direct or propagated from cuttings


Well-drained, fertile soil



Soil Temperature (°C)

15-25 ℃ (59-77 ℉)

Seed Preparation

Stratify seeds in refrigerator for a few weeks before planting (optional)

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.6 cm (1/4 inch)

Plant Spacing (cm)

30-45 cm (12-18 inches)

Row spacing (cm)

45-60 cm (18-24 inches)


Regular watering, keep the soil consistently moist

Germination Time (Days)

10-15 days

Harvest Time (Days)

Harvest leaves when the plant is well-established, typically 90 days after planting.

Good Companion Plants

Cabbage & Kale, Tomatoes, Carrots, Lavender, Rosemary

Bad Companion Plants

Parsley, Chamomile


Aphids, Spider Mites, Whiteflies


Powdery Mildew, Rust

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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