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Mint

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Mint (Mentha spicata)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
Mentha spicata
  • Mentha spicata
  • Mentha spicata

Onglets

Botany

Origin and description

Mints are native to Europe and Asia. There are many species and cultivars, with a wide range of aromas and flavors. Mints are used since antiquity for their culinary and medicinal properties.
Cycle: Perennial.
Spacing: 60-90 cm.
Height: 30-90 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

M. x piperita 'Citrata' has an orange flavour, and M. suavolens 'Variegata' has variegated leaves and tastes like pineapple.

Common name

Mint

Latin name (genus)

Mentha spp.

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae
Horticulture

Growing conditions

Exposure: Partial shade

Pruning and maintenance

Can become invasive.

Propagation

Sow seed indoors in March-April.
Divide in spring or fall.
Stem cuttings in spring.

Use

Culinary use: Leaves, fresh, dried, frozen

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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