Description: Perennial herb Whorls of lilac flowers form a spike above the toothed, pungent green leaves in late summer
Habit: Grows to 2.5 feet high; spreading
Culture: Prefers shade at the roots, sun on the foliage and damp, light soil. Renew beds periodically to prevent the spread of rust disease.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 10
Origin: Europe, Asia
Attributes: Attracts bees and butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant, culinary uses, rain garden
Mints have been grown for medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. They were brought to Britain by the Romans where they naturalized readily. Of all the garden mints noted by the herbalists Gerard and Parkinson, Spearmint was considered to be the most useful by seventeenth-century British physician and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. It was a popular flavoring for sauces and teas and was also recommended for headaches, indigestion, and as an antiseptic for wounds. Jefferson listed Mint along with a number of other herbs for the garden in 1794.
Arrives in a 6 pot.