Mentha spicata

Common Mint, Garden Mint, Green Pea Mint, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Mary's Herb, Sage Of Bethlehem, Bush Mint

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Some green Mentha spicata leaves.
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Mentha spicata or more commonly spearmint, originates from Europe but is grown all over the world. It is popular in teas, fresh with deserts and often served with salads and meats. It has a wonderful aromatic fragrance when the leaves are crushed, repelling pests like moths and rodents. It can grow invasively; make sure to contain the area they were planted or plant them in a sunken pot to help control the growth. Harvest as needed!
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Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time



Leaves can be picked at any time until they start to die down in late autumn and winter. The leaves can be used fresh or can be dried or frozen until use.



Cuttings root easily in a glass of water or dip in hormone rooting powder and plant directly in soil. Keep moist the first 2 weeks!


Seed can be sown directly into moist compost and should germinate within 2 weeks.


Divide the plant keeping roots intact for each section. Place each piece of the plant in soil and water regularly.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Repels cabbage whites, ants, carrot flies and aphids. Mint oils will also keep rodents and moths away.

Attracts useful insects

Including bees

Pot plant

Mint is a good container plant - it will help to control the plant from spreading too readily!

Wet sites

Can be grown on poorly drained soils.

Attracts butterflies

Special features


Europe, Mediterranean

Natural climate

Temperate and cold interior



Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture


Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Compost, Loam, Bark, Rockwool, Sand, Water, Peat

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness




Mint tea refresh. Often part of herbal remedies for indigestion, nausea, tooth- and headaches. Can be applied directly to skin and popular ingredient in shampoo, soaps and toothpaste.


Leaves and flowers are edible and used fresh in teas, salads, cocktails, food and deserts. Leaves can be frozen, dried or preserved in salt, sugar syrup, alcohol or oil.




Flower colour

Purple, White


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