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 accepted scientific name for this species of Mentha. Both the genus AND species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

As of 11-29-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 24 species in the Mentha genus. It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 233 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

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.

In 2018 the Spearmint barely grew so I didn’t take any photos. It didn’t return after that.

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
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