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Spearmint
Scientific Name: Mentha spicata L.
Family: Lamiaceae
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-24, 26-45
USDA: 6-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade in Phoenix. Keep the root system cool.

Growth Habits: Spreading perennial to 3 feet tall (90 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Root divisions and stem cuttings

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 149.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species.

Cultural Practices:
Plant mint in moist, fertile soil in light shade. Space plants 3 feet apart and divide often to prevent aggressive spreading. It can be invasive, and its roots may need containing. Replant every 3 years.

Blooming Habits:
Purple flowers in late summer.

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