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Peppermint

Mentha × piperita

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
90 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Ditches, gardens, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, water, waterside.

Flower:
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Purple, 4 petals
 
A cylindrical, dense spike, up to 6cm long. The petals are occasionally spotted. Insect-pollinated.
Fruit:
Light brown, hairless nutlet. Rarely appears.
Leaves:
A perennial which is a hybrid between Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata). Peppermint has got opposite, stalked, oval, hairless, toothed leaves.
Aroma:
Smells strongly of mint.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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