Members of the Mentha genus are hardy perennial herbs that reach from 45 to 90 cm (18 to 36 inches) in height.
They are often used in cooking, herbal remedies, and for making teas.
They flower in the summer with flowers of pink, white or purple.
Common names for plants from Mentha include Mint, pudding grass, Chocolate Mint, and Pennyroyal.
Mentha piperita (Peppermint) photograph by nociveglia
Mentha arvensis (Corn Mint) picture by anemoneprojectors.
If you plan to grow mint in the herb garden, it is best to sink them within a container, within the herb garden; this will stop the mint from spreading.
When using mint from the garden it is best to use fresh leaves, but the leaves can also be frozen or dried for later use.
To freeze mint, it is best to wash the leaves, then chop them before freezing the mint leaves as quickly as possible.
Common Names: Mint, Pudding Grass, Pennyroyal.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 6 to 48 inches (15 to 120 cm).
Native: Europe. North America. Asia. Australasia. Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 7 to 9.
It is much easier to grow mint from cuttings, divisions or runners than it is from seed. These can be planted in the garden in either spring or autumn.
Members of the mint family can grow in either sunny or partially shaded locations and have a preference for a moist soil of pH 6.5 to 8.5.
At the time of planting the mint add compost to the soil. Ideally the plants should be planted with a spacing from 30 cm to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) apart.
It is best to grow mint in their own pots to prevent them from spreading. Sink the pot into the herb garden, and remove mint runners to prevent them from spreading.
To create vigorous and bushy Mentha plant growth, it is best to pinch back the tips of young plants. Every three years the mint plants should be divided and re-potted in fresh soil and compost to help maintain healthy growth.
The Mentha genus has from 13 to 18 species, including several well-known herbs like peppermint and spearmint.
Yes, Mentha plants are good choices for herb gardens. They have aromatic leaves and can serve as ground cover. However, they can be quite invasive.
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata) are the most commonly grown species for their aromatic and culinary uses.
Yes, Mentha plants are highly fragrant. They're often used in teas, culinary dishes, and essential oils for their refreshing scent and taste.
Mentha species prefer a sunny to lightly shaded spot with well-drained, fertile soil. They enjoy moist conditions but can also tolerate drought.
Mentha, particularly spearmint and peppermint, can become invasive due to their aggressive growth habit, spreading through underground rhizomes. It's invasive in several states, including Oregon and Washington.
To remove Mentha, dig up the plants, ensuring to remove all the root system as they can regrow from any left pieces. Consider growing them in containers to control spread.
The Mentha genus is a collection of aromatic herbs, including well-known species such as peppermint and spearmint. Its members are cherished for their refreshing fragrance and culinary uses.
Mentha plants prefer a sunny to partially shaded location with well-drained soil. Spring is an excellent time to plant them. Water regularly, but ensure not to leave the plants in soggy soil. They are generally easy to grow, but keep in mind that some varieties can be invasive.