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  1. Mentha spicata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in). It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. It is noted for attracting wildlife.

  2. Peppermint is a natural hybrid of garden spearmint (Mentha spicata) and water mint (Mentha aquatica). First described in England in 1696, peppermint now grows all over the world. The two most popular varieties are white peppermint ( Mentha piperita var. officinalis ) and black peppermint ( M. piperita var. vulgaris ).

  3. The plant Mentha Spicata originated in Europe, was introduced into the U.S.A. and is now one of the most important essential oil bearing plants of the U.S.A. Spearmint Oil is produced by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plants, which are partially dried prior to distillation.

  4. Jun 27, 2020 · Mentha piperita: (peppermint): a hybrid of three other mint species, now grown extensively for its essential oil and for its use (fresh and dried) in cooking. Mentha spicata: (spearmint): a hybrid of two other mint species, grown also for its essential oil and its usefulness in cooking.

  5. Scientific Name: Mentha x piperita. All true mints belong to the genus Mentha. Peppermint is a hybrid plant, a cross between watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). Common Names: Peppermint, mint, menthol Distribution and Habitat: Peppermint is found growing wild in the moist soils of the warmer parts of Europe, Asia, and America. It was cultivated in Europe but also in ...

  6. Also Known As – Mentha spicata and seldom, Mentha spicata var. crispa, Common Mint, Garden Mint, and Silver Mint. Overview - Spearmint herb or garden mint or common mint has long been reputed for its characteristic aroma it imparts to the recipes it added to. The least pungent and subtle among the species of mint family, this unique herb is ...

  7. Feb 27, 2020 · Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs used in today's society. A summer-growing, perennial aromatic herb, peppermint is a hybrid of Mentha spicata (spearmint) and M. aquatica (watermint). The plant grows wild throughout Europe and North America in moist areas and is thought to be of Mediterranean origin.

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