Mentha spicata-Spearmint

Mentha spicata (Spearmint) after I brought it home on 5-20-17, #331-12.

Spearmint, English Mint

Mentha spicata

MEN-thuh spi-KAH-tuh

Mentha spicata L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online lists two accepted infraspecific names of Mentha spicata although they are fairly new and still uploading data.

Plants of the World Online lists 39 accepted species of the Mentha genus as of 2-23-18. The 2013 version of The Plant List named 42 accepted species of Mentha plus 14 accepted infraspecific names. It further lists 817 synonyms of species rank plus an additional 1,404 infraspecific names. There were also a total of 247 names still unresolved. The Plant List was not maintained after the 2013 version.

 

Mentha spicata (Spearmint) on 6-18-17, #345-39.

I bought this Mentha spicata from a local garden club plant sale in May 2017. This was the first year I have grown any kind of mint so I was anxious to get it planted where it could grow and spread as it pleased. I had a perfect spot, hopefully, in front of the chicken house. Provided it doesn’t get to much shade.

 

Mentha spicata (Spearmint) on 6-24-17, #349-60.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: See links below
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-11 (-30 to 40° F)
Size: 12-18” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Average, well-drained
Water: Average water needs.
Drought tolerant once established

 

Mentha spicata (Spearmint) on 7-9-17, #355-33.

Pardon the grass growing in the photos… There is always plenty to do on the farm and sometimes I get a little behind. Sometimes I am just not in the mood and I can think of plenty of reasons. I need to start applying a layer of leaves for mulch which will help a lot. I did that in Mississippi and it worked very well.

 

Mentha spicata (Spearmint) on 7-19-17, #357-53.

Well, we made it through our first growing season together and hopefully it will return in the spring of 2018. If it doesn’t return, I will just have to get another one. I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
DAVE’S GARDEN
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
GO BOTANY

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