Mentha spicata             Garden mintMentha spicata             Garden mintMentha spicata             Garden mint

Mint - Garden

Our Ref No : 990 £3.00 Stock : 9 Availability: In Stock
Mentha spicata. The orginal mint and the one where most of the new varities have been bred from. The soft leaves of this mint make it especially good for sauces and soups. This is the regular Garden mint we all know and love. Height 60cm. Flowers are a mauve-purple and loved by bees and butterflies. Full sun / Part Shade
Genus: Mentha
Species: spicata
Plant type: herb
Life cycle: perennial
Hardiness: Hardy: the plant may tolerate temperatures down to about -10C or 13F.
Leaf colour when growing: bright green
Leaf shape: lance-shaped ovate, veined
Leaf margin: dentate or toothed
Approx leaf length (cm): 8
Soil conditions: light, medium, heavy, shallow well drained soils, with low salinity and moderately fertile.
Water needs: Moist conditions
Light requirements: Partial sun
Cultivation methods: They are very frost hardy, and need sunshine and rich soil with lots of moisture. You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.
Natural habitat: Roadsides and waste places, usually in damp soils and sunny positions.
Min height (m): 0.6
Max height (m): 1
Min spread (m): 0.7
Max spread (m): 1
Min pH: 5.5 Quite acid
Max pH: 7.0 Neutral
Flower type: Spike
Flower shape: Tubular bell-shaped
Flower colour: pink purple white
Fragrance: usually sweet smelling but occasionally pungent
Spring colour: bright green
Summer colour: bright green
Autumn colour: bright green
Min growing temp (C): 4
Max growing temp (C): 36
Min optimum temp (C): 15
Growth rate: herb
Growth habit: spreading
Climatic zone: 7
Origin: C. Europe. Naturalized in Britain
Blooming time start: Early summer