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What is spearmint plant?
Spearmint plant, also known as Mentha spicata is indigenous to Europe and South Asian temperate lands. It is known in many names including mackerel mint, common mint, lamb mint, and garden mint. In modern times, spearmint plants have naturalized themselves in most temperate regions on the earth.
Does spearmint need a pollinator?
Spearmint is monoecious, meaning it has flowers with both female and male parts, so there鈥檚 no need to grow more than one plant for pollination. The pink or lilac flowers grow on spikes and bloom in the summer and fall, typically from June to October. If you grow it near other mints, spearmint can hybridize.
How hard is it to grow spearmint?
From being used in cocktails, teas, mint jelly, and non-traditional medicines, to candles and oils, the plant鈥檚 use has spread as much as it does in the garden. Growing spearmint is not hard. In fact, sooner or later, if you plant your spearmint in the wrong place you will ask yourself how do I stop the mint from growing?
What makes spearmint different from other mints?
The chemical that affects flavor and aroma in most mint plants is menthol, but spearmint actually has a minimal amount of this compound compared to other species and varieties. What sets spearmint apart is a chemical called carvone.