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 naturalized in many areas of the world and was first found in North America in the 1840s.
Thin out when large enough to handle, so that they are finally 30cm apart. Provide additional water if necessary until the plants reach 30cm.
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