Mentha Piperita, Peppermint - Plant
Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.
Common name: Mentha piperata, Mentha piperita
Color: dark green
Bloom time: July to August
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
It grows native in Europe, but can be found throughout much of the globe. Mint is so universally loved, that one can find this plant growing wild in almost every country of the planet where civilization has thrived. Mint has been used in food dishes, baths, herbal balms and nervine tonics for hundreds of years.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium to wet
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Although the care of peppermint is a little more involved than just sticking it in the ground, it certainly isn’t intricate.
- First and foremost, this plant needs lots of water and it is often found naturalized by streams and ponds where the soil is rich and the drainage is good.
Herb gardens. Naturalize as a ground cover in moist informal areas such as pond/water garden margins or low open woodland areas.
- One of the best digestive aids on the planet, peppermint is also known as "the world s oldest medicine" according to archaeological fossils dating back ten thousand years ago.
- High in menthol, this plant has the capacity to reduce irritable bowel syndrome, reduce the symptoms of colic, and is a natural insecticide.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems. Can be an aggressive spreader.