Pudina, Mint - Plant
Description for Pudina, Mint
They have wide-spreading underground and overground stolons and erect, square, branched stems. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, from oblong to lanceolate, often downy, and with a serrated margin. Leaf colors range from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow. The flowers are white to purple and produced in false whorls called verticillasters. The corolla is two-lipped with four subequal lobes, the upper lobe usually the largest. The fruit is a nutlet, containing one to four seeds.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Mentha, mint||White to purple||July to August||1 to 2 feet||Easy|
Planting and care
All mints thrive near pools of water, lakes, rivers, and cool moist spots in partial shade. In general, mints tolerate a wide range of conditions, and can also be grown in full sun. Mint grows all year round.
|Full sun to part shade||Rich, moist soils, adapts to a wide range of soils except for dry ones.||Medium to wet||-||Any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Pudina
- Do not over water.
Typical uses of Pudina
Special features: Rhizomatous, upright perennial which is most commonly grown as a culinary herb and/or ground cover.
Culinary use: The leaf, fresh or dried, is the culinary source of mint. It is used as flavorings in breath fresheners, drinks, antiseptic mouth rinses, toothpaste, chewing gum, desserts, and candies,
Ornamental use: Showy green color of leaves may add beauty to the table.
Medicinal use: Menthol from mint essential oil (40 to 90 percent) is an ingredient of many cosmetics and some perfumes. Menthol and mint essential oil are also used in aromatherapy
- Brickell, Christopher; Zuk, Judith D. (1997). The American Horticultural Society: A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. New York, NY, USA: DK Publishing. p. 668.
- Aflatuni, Abbas; J. Uusitalo; S. Ek; A. Hohtola (January to February 2005). "Variation in the Amount of Yield and in the Extract Composition Between Conventionally Produced and Micropropagated Peppermint and Spearmint". Journal of Essential Oil Research. 17 (1): 66â€“70.
- Rose, Francis (1981). The Wild Flower Key. Frederick Warne & Co. p. 310. ISBN 0-7232-2419-6.
- Bradley, Fern (1992). Rodale's All-new Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA: Rodale Press. p. 390.
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