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Mentha spicata
Synonyms: M. viridis

Common Name(s): Spearmint
Family: Lamiaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 40 to 270 (days)
Abs.Max=97° (F)    Opt.Max=77° (F)
Opt.Min=59° (F)    Abs.Min=39° (F)
Precipitation: 35 to 47 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -40° (F)
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Medium
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Very bright
Propagated from runners, as plants produced from seed are not uniform. Winter hardy with snow cover. Naturalized throughout north temperate regions. Grown on mucks and sandy loams.
Rhizoctonia, Powdery Mildew, Rust
Material - essent oils, Medicinal - folklore
Tropical-wet and dry, subtropical, temperate
Geographical Origin:
Northern Africa, Western Asia, Southeastern Europe, Naturalized elsewhere, Cultivated
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