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Mint (Mentha spicata)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)

Onglets

Botany

Origin and description

Mints are native to Europe and Asia. There are many species and cultivars, with a wide range of aromas and flavors. Mints are used since antiquity for their culinary and medicinal properties.
Cycle: Perennial.
Spacing: 60-90 cm.
Height: 30-90 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

M. x piperita 'Citrata' has an orange flavour, and M. suavolens 'Variegata' has variegated leaves and tastes like pineapple.

Common name

Mint

Latin name (genus)

Mentha spp.

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae
Horticulture

Growing conditions

Exposure: Partial shade

Pruning and maintenance

Can become invasive.

Propagation

Sow seed indoors in March-April.
Divide in spring or fall.
Stem cuttings in spring.

Use

Culinary use: Leaves, fresh, dried, frozen

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