The Garden Mint (Mentha spicata) is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering herb in the Lamiaceae family of mint. It is also known as Spearmint, Common Mint, Lamb Mint, and Mackerel Mint.
It is native to Europe and Asia, from France to southern China.
It grows to 30-100 centimetres (12-39 inches) tall, and is commonly a groundcover.
The stems are square-shared. It can have either hairy or hairless bright-green leaves, about 5-9 centimetres (2-3 inches) long and 2-3 centimetres (one inch) broad, with serrated edges.
It has large seeds.
It will flop over and roots will form where the stems touch the soil, which makes it a rapid spreader.
The minute pink-purple or white flowers are in slender spikes.
The Garden Mint blooms in summer.
Photographed in Paris, France, October 2022.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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