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Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White or lilac slender spikes of small tubular flowers. Flowers have 2 long and 2 short protruding stamens.
Fruit:
Small nutlets, each containing a single seed.
Leaves:
Simple leaves, together in opposite pairs along the stems. The leaves are shiny, lanceolate and almost unstalked. Deep veins.
Maximum Size:
90cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. Good in salads. Spearmint tea can be made from the dried or fresh leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Strong distinctive mentholic smell making this flower easily identifiable.
Other Names:
Common Mint, Garden Mint, Green Pea Mint, Mackerel Mint, Mary's Herb, Menthol Mint, Moroccan Mint, Our Lady's Mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Silver Mint.
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, farmland, meadows, riversides, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland.